August 13, 2018
Traditional to Digital: Top 5 Cloud Computing Characteristics for Business Digital Transformation
Digital transformation continues to buzz around today’s business lexicon. A digital transformation can revolutionize the way a company operates as well as their customer experiences. For even the most savvy IT professional, digital transformations can seem formidable. However, thanks to the power of cloud computing, digital transformations don’t need to be painful. It all comes down to finding the right partners and implementing the right tools.
Transforming your organization is a matter of seeing the big picture, setting a primary goal, and putting a digital roadmap in place to reach it.
In our early years, we leveraged cloud computing for our own digital transformation. Not because we saw the future of cloud computing as the preferred enterprise computing method, but our circumstances required it. We were three guys in a basement with limited resources that needed to scale quickly. Moving to the cloud was merely fortuitous. Now, we see businesses of all sizes facing the same obstacles when trying to scale their on premise datacenters and applications. Although now cloud computing is exponentially more powerful, robust and innovative. In this post we will highlight five of the top cloud computing characteristics driving digital transformations today.
1. Ability to Modernize
In the early days of cloud computing, most companies only migrated applications deemed “cloud ready”. Large and complex applications often seemed too cumbersome to migrate from on-premise servers to the cloud. Thankfully today new technologies and frameworks can enable these applications to migrate. In a recent article published by IBM, advisor David Song states that applications can be broken down by functionality such as billing, shipping, ordering etc. then incrementally containerized and deployed to the cloud.
With app modernization, a company can turn their digital transformation wish list into a reality much faster even under tight budget constraints. When we help our clients launch their app modernization projects, we couple their top business priorities with the greatest existing opportunities. It’s amazing how cloud migration and relatively simple modifications can elevate an existing resource to deliver more value at a lower cost.
2. Hybrid Environments
For many established organizations, the ability to create hybrid environments makes all the difference in the digital transformation journey. Because of current policies, existing investment and priorities, businesses may require a partial or phased approach to cloud migration.
APIs play a crucial role as enablers in hybrid environments as systems need to communicate among many microservers. According to Song, creating an API environment enables flexibility to migrate or scale between both on premise and cloud applications.
Companies should never see their digital transformation as a single event, but rather a mindset and a continual process. Some companies refrain from diving into digital transformation because they view it as a cloud on-switch. At Attunix, we work with our clients to execute on their priorities first. Given the nature of today’s consumer, many businesses start with their customer facing tools or business analytics.
3. Flexibility to Scale
Scaling is defined by the ability of IT resources to move with either growing or decreasing demand in a capable manner. Scaling is often categorized by vertical scaling (scaling up and scaling down) or horizontal scaling (scaling out and scaling in). Companies with vacillating needs for server capacity often find it difficult to effectively manage on-premise hardware. A sudden surge in demand may take time to set up and obtain the resources to meet those demands. Conversely, a lull in activity may lead to wasted capacity and unnecessary spending.
In cloud environments, horizontal scaling is most common. It involves either releasing or allocating resources to manage computing capacity. With horizontal scaling, IT resources become instantly available. This greatly accelerates time to market for new applications, onboards new capacity on demand and subsequently allows for capacity tailoring to suit current needs. Ultimately, companies uninhibited by hardware capacity can work faster at optimal costs. These are some of the primary characteristics that fuel the best digital transformations.
4. Visibility to Monitor and Control
Cloud computing allows for unprecedented visibility and insights. With managed services, our clients can unlock the full potential of their cloud IT resources. With enhanced visibility, companies can directly measure the impact of their digital transformation efforts.
At Attunix, we offer a myriad of services that enhance visibility in the cloud. With incident monitoring, our clients receive advanced notifications of important issues and root cause analysis. Our notification platform ensures that issues are escalated to the right parties through using using the Attunix state-of-the-art enterprise alerting platform. In addition to our tactical solutions to keep business running smoothly, we also consolidate and analyze monitoring data and present it in monthly business reviews to ensure solutions align with current strategies and objectives.
5. Analytics for Actionable Insights
In today’s marketplace, information is king. The most competitive companies providing the best customer experiences at the right price at the right frequency all leverage insights from big data to make the right moves. The ability to collect mass amounts of data requires a lot of capacity and flexibility that the cloud is best suited to provide.
Most companies prioritize business intelligence in digital transformations. With the cloud, advanced analytics is more affordable and simpler than ever before. At Attunix, we help our clients launch Cortana Analytics to deliver exceptional business intelligence tools that enable descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics. The ultimate objective for any digital transformation is to get your data working for you.