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Cloud: Face the Complexity

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.

  • Security

    The desire to reap all the benefits that the cloud has to offer gets hampered by security concerns: How do I know that my data is safe and that I am complying with the legislation governing the company? Am I complying with the new personal data regulation? How do I manage as to which employees will have access to the different systems and data?
  • Integration

    Integration has always been a challenge in line with the increasing system landscape. And with the many cloud applications and a multi-vendor setup, businesses are facing a rapidly increasing and branched system landscape consisting of legacy systems and SaaS to be integrated. This would put any IT department under extreme pressure in relation to their ability to deliver coherent IT to businesses.
  • Orchestration

    The more suppliers a business has for the different applications and systems, the more complex and fragmented the architecture may become. There is a risk of losing the overall perspective and not having a single employee with full knowledge of the application portfolio, licenses, and consumption patterns or the actual business requirements. In other words, there is  a need for orchestration.

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.

’Cloud First Strategy’ – or ‘First a Cloud Strategy’?

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.”







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