Migrations to MS Azure – Best Practices shared in Poland

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June was quite an intensive month with MS Azure in our minds and hearts

Together with Microsoft and our colleagues – Marcin Smelkowski, Sławomir Stanek and Piotr Rogala – we successfully delivered the Azure Migration Roadshow. It consisted of five meetings across Poland where we met ambitious and open-minded people who want to benefit from cloud transformation. The roadshow visited Szczecin, Wrocław, Katowice, Gdańsk and Łodź. Many thanks for all participants for your curiosity!

Lots of tough, tricky questions and round table discussions with coffee cups in hands

Our workshops were aimed to inform and spread knowledge of building an IT environment based on the public cloud. With our experience, we shared challenges that should be considered when planning the strategy for Data Center services, in particular:

  • When should you consider the migration?
  • What are the opportunities and risks associated with the migration?
  • When is the migration profitable?
  • What are the conclusions of analysis, considering the profitability of migration to Azure for Poland?

Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing technologies today. It is challenging the traditional ways of operating enterprise IT, applications and business processes. This is creating a market discontinuity, where the price of non-innovation can be significant as well as high costs associated with data driven companies. 

How to be competitive in the digital transformation market?

We often find several mistakes with the planning and implementation of IT environments using the public cloud. Often, companies carry the same assumptions and follow the same patterns that they are familiar with in their local environments. This results in increased costs as well as a reduction in potential profit.

The public cloud creates an opportunity to improve IT capabilities. To support organizations with the provision of high-quality services and an improved, simplified operational model.

The IDC research commissioned by Nordcloud 2019 shows that global spending on digital transformation will exceed more than $ 1.2 trillion by the end of 2019. At the same time, the pace of creating new business solutions and applications is growing. By the end of 2023, 500 million new applications will be created, which is equal to the number of applications built in the last 40 years.

If you want to read about IDC survey findings check out below:

Check the IDC study here

Let’s stay in touch! We’ll back on road after vacations.

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Cloud Center Of Excellence Supports Continuous Transformation

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Digital transformation is a must win strategic battle for most of Nordcloud’s customer companies and cloud is the most important enabler of accelerated transformation. Successful transformations require changes in organization culture, operational models, capabilities and adapting workflows to support continuous development.   

Public Cloud Adoption Pillars
All three pillars must be in place to successfully adopt public cloud at scale.

Why You Need Multi-cloud Governance

IDC believes that by 2023, 500 million new apps will be created. The number equals to number of apps built within past 40 years. 

Organizations that are looking to roll out new digital products, services and experiences quickly must accelerate digital transformation and provide API-led integration across apps. There is rapidly increasing need to integrate across hybrid, multi-cloud environments. Secondly, changing application deployment architectures challenging traditional integration architectures and IT-organizations and under pressure to support business innovation.

Biggest possible downfall of cloud adoption is ending up running IT-operations same way as in legacy infrastructure model.

Every public cloud platform requires work to prepare the platform for use. Biggest possible downfall of cloud adoption is ending up running IT-operations same way as in legacy infrastructure model. In multi-cloud set-up teams operate in agile way and governance is more distributed from infrastructure team to for example software developers. Therefore it is essential that governance model sets guidelines on how cloud environments are created, what kind of developer tooling is available, what are the best practices for architecture, automation, security and cost management.

 

Target Operating Model 

Building on our long experience in cloud transformation and implementation projects Nordcloud have defined an operating model that allows Nordcloud’s customers to achieve the set targets fast and with certainty. Key Elements of the target operating model are: 

  • Cloud Center of Excellence: Focused on cloud governance and service development, the Cloud Center of Excellence core will support the continuous transformation, Cloud Center of Excellence development and cloud native platform development 
  • Cloud Managed Support: Acceleration of customers cloud native managed service capability development 
  • Training Services: Cloud native competence education with focus on competence analysis, upskilling and onboarding to digital projects 
  • Migration & Modernization: Identification of application modernization patterns and migration & modernization planning 
  • Cost Governance: Support for identification of cost optimization opportunities, project TCO calculation and new cloud proposal estimation 
  • Data Services: Focused on Data platform & services architecture design, pilot data project identification, planning of the data platform and Data as a Service models

Governance during Cloud Journey

Transformation is hardly ever straightforward and requires careful planning. Initially it is important to 

  1. align cloud strategy with business strategy
  2. define cloud service model
  3. plan model deployment. 

Big part of the work is identifying concrete capability gaps in the current set-up and creating joint capability gaps and creating an capability development plan which includes upskilling, adding and replacing resources. 

Nordcloud Cloud Journey
Cloud Journey from drivers to outcomes.

When strategy and governance models are designed and validated, it’s easier to move forward with building cloud landing zone and start onboarding users to cloud. Clear guidelines provide base for operating in organizations cloud environment and furthermore help to move forward with new business innovations and transform the way of working. 

In the following parts of ‘The Role of Transformational Partners in Organization Change’, we will introduce how to align cloud strategy with business strategy, how to build solid cloud service governance and support models and how to promote cloud awareness.  

To pursue the keys to supercharging your digital success, download our IDC Infobrief Hyperscale Cloud Platforms As An Accelerator For Digital!

Yes, I want to learn more

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This is the second instalment in our series “The Role of Transformational Partners in Organization Change”. Read the previous post:

Right Partners Are The Key To Digital Transformation Success

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