This is widely observed that business enterprises across the world, are a bit lazy and reluctant in adopting and adhering to any newly released technology due to higher costs while few benefits in perception. In the beginning of this year, deadly pandemic drove millions among us to online mode of professional activities by being home bound and we set out to such new norm. However, it is worth noticing that not all businesses were prepared technologically to meet the new challenges in business operations.
Talking about cloud migration, a good strength of businesses had started such new business norm already, way before Covid-19. Experts believe that even such baby steps carry a lot of significance as every major accomplishment begins small. In BC era (before Corona) going by the prediction made by prominent research company Technavio, services related to cloud migration were expected to grow by a flat 24% by the year 2024 which simply translates to 7.1 billion dollar growth in revenue.
In fact, the pandemic has overturned the whole scenario, for reasons quite obvious and there has been a spike in cloud migration. As an effective cloud strategy ranging from corporate processes internal to organizations need to be made cloud- friendly ensuring a swift transformational journey and such functions should be bundled under “cloud-first strategy”.
What exactly is cloud-first strategy?
Going beyond the commonly held belief, “cheaper data centre” Romain Grolean, who sits as cloud lead at Accenture and is responsible for hassle-free cloud expansion across APAC, Africa and Middle East, opines, ”The cloud has a transformational value to drive innovation. It is not only about choosing how to best consume cloud computing power, but also leveraging new and innovative pre-built features in the cloud, driving speed and the agility to respond to evolving business needs”.
From India, Mr Saurabh Shankar Singh steps forward to shed some light on the subject, who is co-founder IMA AppWeb Solutions, New Delhi, “Disembarking upon a cloud-first strategy requires a measured cloud strategy which is diligently divided into phases for sake of effective management and which is accompanied by palatable plan, to be executed in every such phase, simply to ensure easy business cloud migration and cloudy refinement which would apparently prove to be far economical while cloud-specific toolset also calls for special skills which are easy to learn and to implement, all set towards unlocking intelligence hidden therein in a large spectrum of cloud models, as a result of which key business functions would be immensely re-structured and revamped to unleash greater degree of efficiency and productivity to the ultimate enterprise benefit, agility and scalability”.
Echoing the similar sentiments, Anders Sorman Nilsson, key consultant to giants like Apple, Cisco and SAP, expresses agreement with Romain emphasizing that cloud has been a jugular vein to businesses especially when stricken by pandemic and loopholes in business came to light. He says, ”The cloud digitally untethers businesses and their workforces. They are no longer tethered to particular devices, physical workplaces, in-house bookkeeping and more”.
Phenomenal Dream Stepping Into Cloud Arena:
Covid 19 restricted the movement of skilled staff and ripened the ground for initiating digital approach which none of us ever thought of. Such approach apprised the world about abounding cloud capabilities which enthrall the business executives at length. As a consequence, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AliCloud, Google Cloud Platform registered a massive revenue growth in the range between 25 to 100%.
As a matter of factly, Accenture has been insightful enough to push forth a mega amount of US $3 billion in the coming 3 years and has set up a multi-service agency “Accenture Cloud First” which is simply an amalgamation of collective expertise of around 70 thousand strong esteem and extra-ordinary workforce with mastery over cloud combined with the Accenture’s industry and tech prowess.
Recently, Accenture catered to a prestigious conglomerate by modernizing its process of order-to manufacturing. Not surprisingly, as a result, activities are integrated as a single ecosystem, comprising a web based solution for e-ordering on Amazon Web Services which re-directs data to SAP in quick time thereby empowering the company to monitor accountability when the manufacturing process is rendered automated fully. There is arranged set of updates to application resulting in quick gathering of customer quotations in accurate manner. Clearly, with such efficiencies lined up in ordering system, the organization is better equipped to schedule manufacturing by keeping a watch on real-time inventory and by taking rising sales trends in sight.
Recently, owing to Covid-19 outbreak in South America, Argentina based major business group to a global automaker felt the need to opt cloud technology to assemble the business processes and its workforce together. Such cloud integrated platform helped the whole company across levels, to gain easy access to data from any location, especially their home and to share insights and progress in a safe and secured way. That was on the valuable advice of Mr. Javed Syed, chief data architect at Big Data Dimensions, USA, that the staff got connected with Microsoft 365 to get flexible. As for employee’ insight, over 85% hail “Productivity Cloud” owned by Microsoft as the major enabler of efficiency and productivity among them.
Truly, cloud, framework it weaves and the data that revolves within and gets updated and more refined has been a major boost for the C-suite and Mr. Groleau fully affirms the aspect, saying, “Our view is that the new age of the cloud also demands a new approach to cloud management and optimization. If companies want to maximize the innovation potential of the cloud, they must rethink how they support and run their cloud estates”.
Mr. Saurabh Shankar intervenes by enlightening, “services triggered by cloud nudge functional and optimization capabilities that lead to managing consumption smartly and all such infrastructure has AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) as the major underlying force.
Make Wise Selection With The Help Of A Tool:
Uncovering cloud centric services, is not always sufficient but there should be proper understanding about its deft implementation and to tap upon its hidden capabilities and such aspects should be initially covered right under strategy making and planning targeting business transformation. For such a precise purpose, there have been developed and offered numerous tools to ease exploring cloud and Accenture has offered such tool just in concluding years of 2019, i.e. MyNav, which enthrals businesses when apt cloud solution is selected to meet end objectives.
MyNav has been made and offered following a thick collective experience of Accenture team who are said to have worked upon 34000 cloud centric projects to gather such rich experience.
Clearly, businesses that dare show resilience in such testing times marked by frequent change in behaviour and tradition, find such robust supportive technology backbone, as a boon. Moreover, as mentioned above, such has proved to be an immensely economical affair too enabling them to invest in ventures in times to come.
In similar ways, supply chains can be strengthened and talent frameworks can be redefined by virtue of automation to meet challenges arising from shortages and to manage planning and execution in effective manner. Not mincing words, enterprises fathom such change and such a power of technology fully well and flock to cloud technology to meet a variety of objectives.
In final words, let me bring in, the remarks made by Bill Gates, which can be fashioned in today’s rocky road faced by most of the businesses around the world. He said,” if your business is not on internet, you are out of business”.
Dear readers, please don’t misunderstand me, but going by the data, it seems that similar situation has been grounded around us and there are going to be two types of enterprises in coming years, one that uses, energizes and synergizes with cloud and those that would be sitting out of fence.