Cloud is on a roll and provides a wide range of benefits. However, cloud also causes complexity and many businesses face great challenges when it comes to integrating it in the infrastructure or in relation to security. Here, NNIT’s cloud evangelist Christoffer Mors gives his recommen- dations on how the businesses can overcome the complexity and gain the full benefit from the cloud’s potential.
“The businesses expect great results from the cloud and let us make it quite clear that the cloud is currently a mature technology that you should be able to expect a lot from. This does not mean, however, that it is easy for businesses to apply the cloud. The cloud eliminates some challenges, but it also creates some brand new ones,” says Christoffer Mors, cloud evangelist at NNIT.
The 3 greatest challenges that businesses are facing are security, integration, and orchestration. According to Christoffer Mors, businesses can only get full benefit from the cloud’s potential if they take an active approach to the complexity and deal with the problems introduced by the cloud.
These jobs can be undertaken by NNIT and, in combination with a range of cloud enhancement services, this serves to ensure that the clients get the most out of their cloud SaaS solutions. It may, for instance, be of help with the planning of an exit strategy so you have a plan for securing your data if the cooperation with a particular supplier should come to an end.
Several businesses reveal that they have a Cloud First strategy, which means that if a solution can be supplied in the cloud, this is the solution they choose. However, it is not advantageous to supply all IT from the cloud.
“The cloud is not the solution for every demand – it is a supplement to your existing IT infrastruc- ture. So instead of going for a “Cloud First” strat- egy, NNIT recommends businesses to plan their cloud strategy as a part of the overall IT strategy. In this connection, you should also consider which data and systems to place in the cloud, which data to outsource in the conventional way, and which to keep inside the internal systems. It is not enough to have made the decision to utilize the cloud; it is a strategically important decision that should be embedded in the company to ensure that it supports the general business goals,” Christoffer Mors explains and adds
“The direct access and the rate at which the changes are implemented are the strengths of the cloud, but also a potential Achilles heel. We see a lot of clients implementing cloud solu- tions application by application without having an overall strategy for these solutions. To some of them, it comes as a surprise when they experience a deadlock in the back-end, where the ends are supposed to meet.”
NNIT can help businesses obtain an overall view and get the cloud solutions to work with the existing solutions. It is a matter of ensuring the coherence of all the IT activities of the business when new cloud solutions are to interact with the existing IT.
“My best advice is to: Face the complexity. Accept that the cloud is a challenge and take any neces- sary precautions to get the maximum value of your cloud solutions.”