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10 lessons on the journey to the public cloud – Part 1: What to consider when thinking of moving to the cloud

In almost two-thirds of organizations today, IT can be managed outside the IT department, according to a recent major survey of chief information officers (CIOs). Even so, the world’s largest tech leadership poll, the 2019 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey, also found that, while cloud-based services are “allowed” in around half of companies, they are only “encouraged” at one in ten.

Cloud providers are booming – offering computing resources on demand rather than purchased upfront, and managed remotely, rather than on your own premises. The big four - Amazon, Microsoft, Google and China-based Alibaba - have inspired a flood of third-party services and integrations. Companies that successfully adopt and, importantly, adapt to public cloud, potentially have huge business advantages in making their IT more agile, getting products to market faster and accelerating innovation.

So, why are most companies not head-first in the cloud already?

Robert Grey, Head of Transformation at Virtual Clarity, sees company leaders wrestling with basic questions, regulatory concerns and lack of experienced engineers.

“Nearly all our clients are either running a pilot or undergoing a cloud program, but it can be a struggle to manage the complexity and number of decisions they need to make,” he says.

The journey to the cloud can be hard and feels risky. You may know the benefits and have strategic outcomes you want to achieve in mind, but the transition is difficult. How do you manage those challenges? Where do you start?

Helping companies understand the challenges and identify the obstacles within their organizations and infrastructure is key; Virtual Clarity has delivered some of the world’s largest and most complex technology transformation projects using a combination of unique techniques and tools in what it calls ‘Precision Guided Transformation’ to unlock the value of new technologies and new ways of working.

It’s not an exercise in blue sky thinking, nor are companies simply replacing one thing with something else.

Companies need a far more practical and expert approach that guides them on a precise journey to business outcomes that fail-safes the results. It ensures customers know what they are getting, starting with really understanding the current estate.

The main barrier isn’t a technical one. To really benefit from the cloud, you need to be willing to change the way you work and take a new approach to how you deliver and manage technology.

See the next blog in this three part series, where Virtual Clarity experts, drawing on decades of experience, pull together ten helpful lessons for those considering the cloud.

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