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Connecting Dots With CIOs: Cloud Computing Chronicles

Discover how cloud computing can change your business by igniting innovation, agility, and customer satisfaction. 

Introduction

1. Cloud Computing’s Holistic Approach

2. Ensuring Successful Cloud Migration

2.1. Domain and Technical Proficiency

2.2. Migration Procedure

2.3. Governance Program

3. Cloud Computing Model Meets Enterprise Goals

Introduction

In this technologically advanced world, companies adopting cloud computing quickly bring new opportunities to the market. IT professionals have the bandwidth to innovate new models and software, which eventually scale up better business efficiency and reduce the risk of technology hazards. 

However, it is quite unfortunate that most CIOs still implement the traditional models that may have been successful in the past. Still, in this digitalized world, it is almost impossible to work without cloud computing. 

Embracing cloud computing in enterprises ignites innovation, agility, and enhanced customer satisfaction. Therefore, cloud migration leads to a transformative journey by implementing business innovations such as next-generation hosting applications or data platforms to stay ahead of business competition. 

This article is about how CIOs can implement the cloud migration process and how it is a transformative journey.

1. Cloud Computing’s Holistic Approach

Cloud computing technologies have been playing a leading role in transforming businesses across all industries for over a decade now. This technology has become the key that enables innovations and technological breakthroughs, as businesses are realizing the advantages of cloud computing over traditional methods of computing and storing data. 

Consider an example: Migrating to cloud computing can help your business reduce the unnecessary cost of purchasing on-premises software and hardware. This approach eventually helps you understand if you want to scale up or down the utilization of cloud services, benefiting your business during seasonal fluctuations. 

In the current business world, cloud migrations and cloud-native have become top priorities for CIOs; however, this technology comes with its complexities, such as how to optimize cloud costing or what the best practices are for hybrid cloud adoption

Therefore, CIOs need to make the most of cloud technologies by ensuring a successful cloud migration, which is only possible if the correct steps are taken at the right time.

2. Ensuring Successful Cloud Migration

Adopting cloud computing is essential to kickstarting your digital journey for your modern business. CIOs play a pivotal role in successfully navigating cloud computing’s opportunities by prioritizing governance programs, technical and domain knowledge, and cloud migration procedures. 

Here are a few focus areas that CIOs must take care of to ensure a successful cloud migration: 

2.1. Domain and Technical Proficiency

The initial step is to assess the current team’s capabilities and chalk out a structured plan for a smooth cloud journey. CIOs need to make sure that the team is well versed in cloud technology and their business domain to successfully migrate applications to the cloud computing system. IT professionals and HR professionals need to be trained and upskilled, which will help in developing an assessment to understand which departments need cloud computing the most. The use of methodology ensures that a verifiable Definition of Done (DoD) 

2.2. Migration Procedure

The IT team has to go further to decide which specific methodologies, i.e., agile or iterative, can be favorable for your cloud migration. On the other hand, from the perspective of businesses in any industry, IT professionals need documentation of the system’s legacy, which is essential when a business uses a test-driven Development methodology for migration. This ensures that the verifiable Definition of Done (DoD) understands every scenario and every application. You can find numerous vendors and system integrators (SI) who can customize methodologies that will assist you in cloud migration. These vendors/SI bring frameworks, toolsets, and best practices that enable them to drive the cloud migration process hassle-free. 

2.3. Governance Program

The cloud journey is long and tedious; therefore, a set of program management and governance practices must be institutionalized, such as communicating with stakeholders, calculating the ROI and prioritizing framework, making guides, templates, checklists, and program dashboards to monitor progress, and measure the success rate.

Communication with business stakeholders and other operational professionals is essential for important tasks such as cloud migration, as you need to update the end users about the usage and how the framework works post-implementation. If the entire cloud migration project is conducted by SI, ask them for a good set of milestones that help you pay attention and support your SI partner from time to time. 

3. Cloud Computing Model Meets Enterprise Goals

The key capabilities that will scale up your company post-cloud migration depend on speed (as we are digitally evolving), automation (making the digital business move faster), and feedback (to enhance productivity and run large projects with an identified target).

These digital capabilities enable your enterprise’s IT goals based on security, uptime, and cost. As businesses have the same goals to achieve cloud models,  by joining these dots, IT leaders can change the external world by implementing cloud operating models to achieve the key metrics. 

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