🏆 Top companies get to enjoy this sequel | Cloud Core

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Good sequels add value to the original work, building and expanding on the things established in part 1. Think of The Empire Strikes Back, The Godfather II, or Terminator 2. I’d even say Toy Story 2 was better than the first (❤️ Jessie ❤️).

But it’s important the approach is right. And the decisions taken after the first stage are smart.

Like, did we need a second Jaws movie? Did we need a Honey I Blew up the Kid? Did we need dinosaurs running around San Diego in the second Jurassic Park? (Maybe, but no one wants to see a T-Rex eating a dog).

Anyway. Back to cloud.

We’re used to thinking of sequels like movies, books, or video games. But let’s consider a cloud transformation project.

‘Cloud Journey 1’ for many businesses is just the start of things. The business transitions to the cloud, with the right scene set, but still space to build on the potential.

But the sequel to that can be bad news, if the approach isn’t quite right. Perhaps the CCoE isn’t quite coping, the IT support model needs changing, costs aren’t coming down, or security needs have shifted.

(Cue big dramatic movie trailer music…)

‘Cloud Journey 2’ is the next step to helping businesses realise the potential of cloud.

We’ve  not made a movie about it. But we have pulled this snazzy guide for businesses that have moved to the cloud, but need a little help managing the next steps on their journeys.

It’s called How to cure Day 2 digital transformation challenges, and it’s a real blockbuster (I promise).

Yep, a lot of people seem to be talking to us about getting rid of these types of pains - so this new guide summarises those experiences for you, with:

✅ Root causes behind various common Day 2 operational headaches

✅ Analysis of what happens if you carry on as you are vs. change things

✅ 6 case studies with symptoms, diagnoses and prescriptions for common issues

It might help you be more Jessie than Jaws. So give it a read here.

Day 2 digital transformation challenges.

Find out how to cure Day 2 digital transformation challenges.

Get the guide

🔥 Feeling the friction?

One of the issues holding you back from nailing the sequel might be the friction between IT and product teams.

Yes, digital transformation presents a new challenge for IT leadership: How can central IT achieve the same operating speed as agile product teams? 🤔

If IT is struggling to keep up with the business’ innovation, it may be time to rethink your support model.

This article dives into process and tech tweaks that can help IT achieve the speed it needs. See what we mean here.

👌 Squeeze in a bit more automation

Despite best efforts, IT can struggle to deliver 100% automation. Often, about 80% is automated, but the remaining 20% gets stuck in a 2-week human process.

Want to close that frustrating automation gap?

Read how to squeeze in more automation here.

📢  Cloud quote of the month

“Business lines and the leadership team have ever-increasing expectations, given the benefits harvested in the initial phase. However, the IT team doesn’t keep up with the pace and starts to lose all the reputation gains it achieved while introducing cloud.

Advisory Team Lead Teijo has written about these challenges, too. Read his thoughts here.

👀 5 sneaky marketplace features

You might remember us talking about how BIG cloud marketplaces are becoming. Well, Kris spills the beans on 5 sneaky features even the savviest among you might not be aware of.

Think BYOL (not to be confused with BYOB 🍷), smart financing, and private marketplaces.

You’ll kick yourself you didn’t know about them sooner. Read more here. 

 📰  What we’ve been talking about this month

💨 AWS also allows free data transfers to other cloud providers.

💸 Spending huge amounts of cloud storage funds on fees?

🎥 Is OpenAI’s Sora threatening Hollywood?

🥳 WOOOO it’s World Backup Day

🥊 Elon Musk vs. OpenAi

🗓️ Some dates for your diary:


9-11 April - Las Vegas: Google NEXT

A few of us will be in Vegas for 3 epic days of keynotes, innovations and live sessions on everything from Gen AI to security. Here's what to expect.

9 April - Amsterdam: AWS Summit

We’ll be holding a talk and sharing knowledge around harnessing the power of AWS for Gen AI use cases and more. Oh, and join us for a VIP dinner after the summit.

10 April - Munich: PyLadies Munich MeetUp

Join the group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Catch you there?

10 April - Oslo: Becoming a truly AI-powered business

Feel like you're barely scratching the surface of AI’s potential? Hit some challenges in rolling out AI across your organisation? This one’s for you. Secure your spot.

18 April - Munich: Global Azure Munich Meetup

“Our event, the all-global Azure community event,, has set a new global standard for community events.” Not bad, eh? Secure your spot.

24 April - London: AWS Summit

We’ll be joining forces with our friends at IBM and speaking about what we’ve been up to with the NHS and AWS. Register here.

24 April - Munich: Google Developer Group, Google NEXT Watch Party

Just after Google NEXT 24, spend an evening with pizza and drinks, watch a few of the Next sessions, and talk about new announcements. Register here.

Cloud Training

16-18 April - Helsinki + Virtual: Advanced Architecting on AWS. Register here.

22-24 April - Stockholm + Virtual: Cloud Operations on AWS. Register here.

🎧 Something to listen to in the home office

Seal 🌹, Celine Dion 🚢, Aerosmith ☄️ and (somehow) Dua Lipa 🎀. The 100 Greatest Movie Songs. 

Thanks for reading, 

I’ll be back with more fresh thoughts next month.

Darren Ralphs
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Darren Ralphs
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Having written for the likes of Time Out, Pret a Manger and Birkenstock, Darren's passionate about connecting people with brands through engaging content.

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