How to plan your jouney to the Hybrid Cloud
Although the future is increasingly difficult to predict, you need to set long-term ambitions and short-term targets today, and these targets need to cover the key aspects of digital transformation.
Prior to any journey, it is worth considering the overall objectives. What do you hope to accomplish, and what do you hope to avoid? Know your starting point and make a realistic assessment of how much you need to plan for in advance and what you would rather tackle along the way. Download our whitepaper to learn more on going from Legacy to Hybrid Cloud here.
You cannot decide which applications to move to the cloud and which to keep on premise unless you know your application landscape in detail. Consider the purpose of each application, and whether your organization has needs that are not being met in the current landscape.
Be especially aware of uncovering any shadow IT that might exist in your organization. As CIO you need to know if employees use thirdparty technology on their work devices or if Line of Business have acquired techsolutions and applications without consulting or even briefing the IT department.
We recommend that you do a 360 holistic review of the application landscape in a cross-functional team, preferably with unbiased external help. Note any challenges that you might identify; for instance agility challenges or compliance and safety challenges.
What is your position and approach to cloud, and how far are you willing to go?
We recommend moving your IT services to a hybrid engine that enables you to keep your business-critical legacy systems running together with business solutions for the future. A multi cloud strategy allows you to pick the right cloud for the right service – this allows for flexibility and provides you with an opportunity to scale your cloud services.
Also, continuously evaluate the right mix of legacy and cloud solutions to support your organization, and drive change at the right pace – that way,you can remain flexible and make realistic plans for integration, migration and innovation.
With your strategy decided, you should reassess your approach to compliance. By applying a risk-based approach, you effectively focus on areas with higher risk, and to do that, you need to evaluate and understand your risk-profile.
There can be many blind spots in a risk-assessment, and IT cannot realistically cover them all alone. Set up a team consisting of, for example; IT, QA, LoB and an expert service provider.
If you go for multi cloud, you also depend on choosing service providers that can deliver it. As a life sciences organization, you will face challenges and requirements that differ from those in other industries, which is why you should choose service providers that know the life sciences industry.
With the vast amount of data and business applications in today’s IT landscape, you need an integration and migration partner that understands the entire landscape.
Moving applications to new platforms is not merely a technical challenge, but also extremely business critical. Any partner needs to comprehend how your individual landscape is interconnected and how any relocation or service update will affect the rest of the landscape.
Consider forming an integration office with the specific task of maintaining a constantly updated overview of the integration landscape – or decide to outsource the task to a life sciences IT service provider.
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