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A significant element of digital transformation is shifting to serverless cloud computing to leverage services, storage, and processing capabilities. 

Businesses are assessing their technology and recognizing the many advantages of cloud solutions, such as:

  • Cost efficiencies
  • Structural flexibility
  • Cohesiveness of event-driven performance
  • Ease of operational management
  • Real-time data processing
  • Integrated systems and applications
  • Compatibility with different languages
  • Automated scaling
  • Quicker deployment
  • Reliable support for databases, dev/ops, and AI programs

By moving to the cloud, many complexities of a back-end system are removed. Another benefit is eliminating the need to estimate usage. Often, projecting demand can cause unnecessary expenses when reserves and resources are idle.

Cloud provisioning involves the allocation of resources and services to advance infrastructure capabilities and scalability. 

A company must do a deep analysis of requisites before selecting a cloud provider.

Evaluation will include functionality, structure, deployment requirements, integration parameters, implementation timelines, technical design, security and other necessities.

When taking a hybrid approach, closely examine the features of the cloud services to validate compatibility with the on-premise mainframe, operating system, technology stack, applications etc.

Considerations

  • Balancing on-premise and cloud services by scrutinizing components into ‘must have’, ‘should have’, and ‘nice to have’
  • Create a migration plan including scope, requirements, roles & responsibilities and schedule
  • Cost analysis for adding, augmenting or scaling cloud services and support
  • Identify the value gained by reducing inefficiencies, redundancies, labor and maintenance expenses
  • Define interconnections and communication between the legacy system and the cloud
  • Develop an architecture strategy to optimize data processing
  • Preventing cloud ‘sprawl’ by controlling sandboxes and archiving unused environments

Review cloud additions while still protecting yourself from an unrestrained stretch of extras. Keep the focus on planning for anticipated demand, potential latency and critical recovery. You’re designing IT for what is today and what will be in the future, and weighing the change requirements between them.

The best way to calculate future needs is to review usage patterns, assess storage needs, and gauge the rate of database growth.  Aim for as much elasticity as possible to achieve sustained delivery and reliable operations.

Be very candid and genuine as the IT appraisal is done. This means sizing up the following:

  • Measure of speed and outputs
  • Effectiveness of processes
  • Level of consumption
  • Current configurations
  • Impact of functional runtimes
  • Data traversing
  • Business-critical capabilities
  • Custom requirements
  • Security and governance

The valuation and analysis are worthwhile efforts to optimize how your business operates, which ultimately benefits the customers and internal end-users.

Today’s work environment needs people who are persistent, resilient, and accepting of change in order to learn and grow.  The same is essential for technology.  The hallmark of digital transformation is agility.  By constantly evolving, you can capture every need and opportunity.

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