5 Top Challenges with Managing Cloud Platforms & How Automation Can Help

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Running automations across multiple cloud platforms can feel overwhelming and disjointed. The complexity of managing tasks, controlling costs and addressing technical debt holds teams back from driving their digital transformation. 

It’s why we’ve been developing a new unified solution to streamline this experience for businesses and eliminate those pain points.

But first, let’s clarify what those challenges are, and what businesses should be looking to achieve in an ideal world.

1. Reducing technical debt

What’s the challenge?

One of the common challenges with managing cloud platforms is the accumulation of technical debt. Legacy processes, outdated configurations, and manual interventions can lead to inefficiencies and increased maintenance costs.

What do businesses want to do?

Eliminate manual interventions and development. By leveraging automated workflows, organisations should be able to proactively address technical debt and optimise their cloud platforms.

2. Improving speed to market

What’s the challenge?

Another challenge businesses face is the slow time to market for their development projects. Manual provisioning, configuration, and deployment processes can cause delays and hinder agility.

What do businesses want to do?

Automate the provisioning and deployment of resources. This would allow development teams to accelerate their time to market, enabling faster innovation and so staying ahead of competition.

3. Lowering cost of service

What’s the challenge?

Cloud costs can quickly spiral out of control if not managed effectively. The lack of visibility and control over resource usage and spending leads to unnecessary expenses.

What do businesses want to do?

Automate cost optimisation processes and implementing policies for resource provisioning and deprovisioning, so organisations can lower their cost of service while maintaining optimal resource utilisation.

4. Ability to forecast and optimise cloud spend

What’s the challenge?

Without proper visibility into cloud spend, organisations struggle to forecast and optimise their budgets effectively.

What do businesses want to do?

Leverage data and predictive analytics, to accurately plan and optimise their cloud spend. This would enable better financial management, cost control, and alignment of cloud resources with business needs.

5. The lack of a single source of truth

What’s the challenge?

Managing multiple cloud platforms often results in fragmented information and a lack of a single source of truth. This makes it challenging to have centralised control and oversight of operations.

What do businesses want to do?

Have a single source of truth for managing multiple cloud platforms. Organisations could then efficiently manage their workloads, automate processes, and enforce consistent security policies across their entire cloud infrastructure.

And why is this so important right now?

Economical Climate

As organisations face economic pressures and increased need to optimise budgets, managing cloud costs becomes paramount. The ability to reduce unnecessary expenses, improve cost predictability, and maximise the value of cloud investments is crucial for staying competitive in the cost-conscious climate.

Skills Gap

The demand for cloud expertise is skyrocketing, but there is a shortage of skilled professionals in the market. This skills gap poses a significant challenge for companies striving to manage and optimise their cloud platforms effectively. By implementing automation in these areas, organisations can bridge this skills gap and leverage automation to perform complex tasks without relying solely on scarce expertise.

Speed of Innovation

Innovation has become critical for businesses seeking a competitive edge. However, slow time to market can hinder innovation and impede success. By adopting automation across platforms, organisations can accelerate the development and deployment of applications, enabling them to innovate faster and respond swiftly to market demands.

So, what’s the answer?

A centralised automation platform offers the tools and capabilities needed to address these challenges head-on, enabling businesses to thrive in the ever-evolving cloud ecosystem. By reducing technical debt, accelerating time to market, lowering costs, optimising cloud spend, and doing so in one centralised platform, organisations can unlock the full potential of their cloud platforms. And they can do this while reducing the burden on their teams and lowering security risks.

And we’ve built a platform that simplifies the management of workloads across these requirements. By reducing complexity, managing costs, and minimising human error risks, the solution empowers organisations to innovate faster and ensure the security of their platforms. Watch the video below and find out more here.

We’d love to give you a free demo of our automation platform in action. Book your demo here.

Indrayudh Ghosh
Indrayudh GhoshVice President, Global Head - Platform Engineering Services
Indrayudh heads up our platform engineering services, and is passionate about helping customers drive efficiency in cloud.
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Indrayudh Ghosh
Indrayudh Ghosh
Vice President, Global Head - Platform Engineering Services
Indrayudh heads up our platform engineering services, and is passionate about helping customers drive efficiency in cloud.