7 keys to designing a successful cloud strategy | Noticias | Technology

Cloud is the base of digital infrastructures, necessary to reach business agility to adapt to business requirements, in terms of continuity, cost control, flexibility and scaling and desescaling capacity.

Estas características propias del modelo son esenciales para articular un modelo de TI que respalde las strategías de transformación de sus organizaciones y crear una oferta digital para generar valor. Sin embargo, desde el primer momento en el que una empresa se plantea una migración a la nube, es importante tener en cuenta una serie de factors y pasos necesarios que son decisiveos para diseinar eschito de una strategy cloud.

Led by Ricardo Casanovas, expert in the migration of environments SAP to AWS and vice president of the area of ​​Products and Innovation SAP in Syntax, and a team of experts from the company in Spain have identified these keys to find a route to the cloud that fulfills the objectives set por cada empresa, y las ha companado de un conjunto de recommendaciones.

1. Align the project with the company’s objectives

A nivel general, para cualquier compañía es fundamental que sus proyectos en la nube estén integrados dentro de una estrategia en la nube completa en la que no importe dónde opera sus cargas de trabajo, ya sea en una nube privada, hybrid o publica. In addition, this cloud roadmap must also be part of the long-term transformation plan for applications, commercial processes and the IT environment, which must always be aligned with business objectives. The IT team no debe estar alone, sino que debe trabajar con el resto de las unidades y la dirección, y eso guarantará el compromiso de la empresa con la estragia cloud y de migración.

To design it, you have to evaluate the IT environment and how you can impact the migration in the organization of technology and the business units, and take into account the set of technological scenarios, because there are many systems that communicate between each other. En este proceso hay que localar cuáles son los puntos debiles de la empresa que habrá que mejorar, analyze cuál es el modelo de negocio actual y hacia dónde quiere evolucionar en el futuro.

2. Invertir en formación

It is convenient that the IT team of the organization adquiera compétencias tecniques sobre cloud para conocer el camino que la empresa va recurre, aunque finally delegue el despliegue y la gestion en un provider de servicios en la nube, que cuente con la experiencia, los recursos y las compéncias necesarias para llevar a cabo este tipo de despliegues. The collaboration between both teams will be very useful for the development of the project.

3. Planificar y preparar de la migration

The conclusions drawn from the first phase will serve as the basis for deciding which cloud computing infrastructure and which partner are the most suitable, where the value added can be quickly obtained, which services should be migrated initially to the cloud, and which are also necessary la pena que algunas cargas de trabajo permanezcan fuera del entorno cloud.

I am also at the moment of planning the stages of migration, establishing the basic requirements, determining the resources and establishing the execution times. In addition, there is a need to document the project through a detailed migration plan that defines the architecture, the operating model and the tools that will be used, taking into account factors such as the transfer of workloads and interfaces, the integración con otros sistemas, la accesibilidad y el funcción de los entornos migrados.

With the assessment of the provider of cloud services, the route of migration will be designed by generating the automations that will allow you to be much more agile in the execution of the initiative, and the migration will be carried out.

4. Consider security from the beginning of the project

La seguridad en la nube es uno de los elements que se debe contemplar desde la concépción del proyecto, una fase en la que se analiza, por ejemplo, cómo ha articulatedo su estragia y sistemas de seguridad el cliente, identificando dónde se entrauncer las cargas de trabajo críticas y con qué sistemas interoperan, su grado de exposición a Internet o sus necessidades de complimento normativo, en funcio de su actividad, sector y el tamaño de su equipo de IT.

Por tanto, habrá que definir qué elementos de seguridad cloud se van a utilizar en el despliegue y que determinarán la postura final de ciberseguridad de la compañía y su sistema de seguridad. También se establizadorán reglas y mecanizas de cifrado del tráfico, y se prestará especial atención a las configuraciones.

5. Establish metrics

The benefits of transferring the systems to the cloud are clearly perceived once the migration is concluded, above all, in terms of performance, flexibility, costs and scalability, but it is always convenient to establish metrics that allow comparing the previous state with the new scenario of IT and , at the same time, fijar new parameters that facilitate the monitoring of the evolution so that the infrastructure is always optimized and aligned with the objectives and the strategy of the company.

6. Always seek economic and technical efficiency

The needs of companies vary, depending on the changes that they produce in the market or the economic environment. Therefore, I recommend that the implementation of cost optimization initiatives and infrastructure control to achieve, at the same time, a greater technical efficiency.

Methods such as FinOps permit an adequate cloud financial management, through the collaboration between the different departments of the company to make spending decisions based on data and take full advantage of the potential of the IT infrastructure. Esto se consigue, por ejemplo, redimensionando la infrastructure para que no haya equipos sobreutilizados ni infrautilizados; revisando el storage para evitar costes innecesarios o acogiendo a los programas de ahorro de los diferentes providos cloud.

7. Impulsar la innovation

Once the company has evolved to the cloud, the new architecture allows it to go further, and has more capacity to innovate, integrating new services based on technologies of Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence .

“These projects are strategic for companies and we must not be deceived, they are always demanding, and there are many aspects to consider and analyze. Therefore, choosing the right cloud integrator is the key to designing and executing the road map that most adapts to the specific business objectives of each organization”subraya Ricardo Casanovas.

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