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Cloud Native Adoption: Key Principles to Drive Your Strategy

Cloud Native Adoption: Key Principles to Drive Your Strategy
February 02, 2016

In my previous blog, I briefly discussed about Cloud Native adoption strategies.  While it is great to know the fundamentals of the subject, it is crucial to understand and imbibe the principles of cloud native adoption before you embark on the journey of becoming a Cloud Native enterprise. But, why should you care?

In order to transform business processes, reduce IT expenditures, deliver real-time applications, offer access to ubiquitous storage, and market information mobilization, it is prime to get your strategy right. And your cloud native strategy should be based on the below described cloud principles.

Principle #1 - Follow the SaaS-first approach

As both business users and IT users require multiple applications and tools, your native cloud landscape should be coherent with SaaS integrations and optimized subscription.

Principle #2 - Aim to achieve business-driven orchestration

Set up a policy-based automation and orchestration engine that defines and controls activities, functions, and integrations between various software-oriented datacenters.

Principle #3 - Aspire for analytics-based agile operations

Operations should be driven and controlled by robust analytics, to gain intelligence and enable efficiencies for faster and proactive remediation.

Principle #4 - To invest in a programmable and scalable platform

Focus should be to set up a defined, provisioned, managed and de-provisioned platform using software elements. It’ll enable flexibility and agility.

Principle #5 - Enable service-driven integration

Processes and integrations that are defined from top to down, to enable the service-based view and the consumption of various services exposed.

Principle #6 – Create a service-based consumption pattern

It should ideally be a self-service enabled, controlled environment that could define and control various aspects of the underlying environment including policies, functions, activities, processes, integrations and infrastructure.

However, just knowing these principles is  not enough. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the enterprise native cloud adoption framework should follow a vertical-down approach in which the service modules are customized as per the business needs and consumption patterns.

Not to mention, if done right, the principles mentioned here will help you gain flexibility, innovation, and economic benefits. So, dig deeper for a better understanding and let these principles drive your native cloud strategy.

Talk back if you aspire to become a cloud native adoption