December 24, 2015

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Cloud Native Enterprise Is For Real!

Beyond all the hype around Cloud Native Enterprise,  real work in this area is being delivered and appreciated.

Over the last 6 decades, IT has evolved from mainframes to cloud. This IT evolution has changed the way businesses function, and has enabled them to drive consistent user experience across devices and platforms. This is one of the prime reasons why hybrid cloud has been dominating the cloud market in the recent past. It not only helped businesses to automate and innovate, but it has also provided them with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

However, with the advent of digital transformation, it’s important for  IT organizations to perform faster, consistently and in a reliable manner in order to achieve business goals while still being able to achieve effective user-experience  with low upfront investment.  Cloud Native technology is your key to unlocking the full potential of your ‘digital transformation’ journey.

So, how should you embark on your Cloud Native journey?

You should opt for a Cloud Native service that follows the ‘consume-configure-build’ methodology. First, you should ‘consume’ what is readily available. Since more than 50% of  software products are built on the SaaS model, the solution should provide IT services through SaaS applications. For other specific applications/modules which are not readily available for consumption, you should ‘configure’ the building blocks that are available or PaaS platforms. In the cases where  specific IT needs are not fulfilled through SaaS or PaaS, the functionality should be ‘built’ on cloud technologies/IaaS.  

The adoption framework should follow a vertical-down approach in which the service modules are customized as per the business needs and consumption patterns. For example, you may start with horizontal IT services driven through SaaS such as HR, Finance, CRM etc.  Then study the vertical-specific application functionalities—that are enabled through SaaS/PaaS.  Apart from the above mentioned steps, it is important to establish a strong app-to-app integration and also to use analytics to bring out business intelligence and insights that can be leveraged in decision-making. Since we are focusing on digital enterprises, we should not  forget to establish a strong digital operations backbone for effective management.

With all of this planning, strategy and implementation, you should be able to achieve first mover advantage in the digital enterprise landscape. Apart from helping you achieve increased return on investment, you should aim to achieve faster adoption of software services. Most importantly, it should shift our focus to high-value activities that are closely aligned with our business goals for the enterprise.

Do not wait. Cloud Native is here to say. Think and take advantage of it before it’s too late!