Cloud solutions are an essential part of virtually every business. They are more heavily relied on now than ever before, as the backbone to finance, operations, marketing, distribution, customer support and every other function of a company.
While everyone uses the cloud, the true depth of how cloud transformation can impact an organisation isn’t overly explored. As an aspect of digital transformation, cloud technology shouldn’t just be used to replicate an existing service, it should be used to transform that service into something much better. Cloud transformation can help organisations achieve cost savings, enhanced revenue, increased agility and innovation, if truly adopted.
In this article we’re going to cover a few of the key aspects to cloud transformation and what it can mean for your organisation.
What is Cloud Transformation?
In its simplest form, cloud transformation is moving your technology to the cloud – this could be your apps, data and software, or your entire IT infrastructure. It could be a quick process for a micro business who are moving their finance workload from local excel files to Xero or QuickBooks, but far more complex when looking at shifting an entire infrastructure. Ultimately it means something different depending on each organisation’s specific requirements, however the goal to respond to new competitive threats and market needs should be universal.
What does Cloud Transformation really mean?
Cloud transformation is a mindset and a culture, it’s about more than just the technology. You’ll be instilling a new way of working and developing new thought processes. Your employees are a vital part of the change and should be involved at each step, to both bring them on board and inspire them to give their input into the development of new organisational principles.
Cloud services enable greater agility and responsiveness, but this is more in the literal sense of applications and data being highly available. Truly adopting cloud transformation is an internal adjustment. Start by transforming your processes into being cloud first, this could mean:
- Scalable both up and down
- Highly robust
- Self-service capabilities
- Integrated systems where data flows securely between them
Cloud first doesn’t have to mean ‘cloud only’, the best strategy for you may be a gradual hybrid approach. Choosing to migrate a function to the cloud should be assessed on its individual merits and business benefit. For further reading on this topic, take a look at our article, ‘What is a Cloud First IT Strategy?’
What are the benefits of Cloud Transformation?
Adopting cloud services can certainly save on IT infrastructure and operational costs however we wouldn’t consider this the key benefit. The real value to all digital transformation is helping organisations respond and remain competitive. You can achieve this through:
Innovation is what drives your business forward. It isn’t fool proof, sometimes things go wrong. Having the freedom to try new things and explore new products and solutions can open previously unexplored avenues. If your employees are free to test and fail without any impact by having processes built in for this, you will be able to innovate quicker.
Your stage of cloud transformation could be measured by your organisation’s ability to respond. If you face an unexpected external threat (such as what the whole world has been subjected to in 2020), being able to pick up and efficiently resume operations is hugely valuable.
There are the obvious accounting benefits of operational vs capital expenditure when embracing cloud transformation. You’re purchasing individual services at the exact level you need – this also means it becomes even easier to accurately measure each bit of investment and therefore forecast where future investment should be directed.
Undergoing a cloud transformation and pushing towards innovation comes with a different mindset. This can lead you to look outside of your traditional person specification when hiring. Having a culture of transformation requires dynamic, self-motived and invested employees who will naturally continue evolving the business.
We return to the initial question of, what is cloud transformation? In our opinion, it’s transforming your organisation into an agile and innovative entity through the use of cloud infrastructure and solutions. What this means in a literal sense is of course unique to every organisation. Find out how M-Tech can help you on your cloud journey by having an initial chat with us.