Are you ready for the cloud? A check brings clarity

Are you ready for the cloud? A check brings clarity

The fact that the path for companies leads to the cloud is now a fact. A professional check provides information in advance about the state of cloud readiness. Which aspects are particularly important are highlighted in this guest article. […]

Digital transformation cannot be achieved without cloud solutions. This finding now seems to have largely prevailed among German companies. For example, the Cloud Monitor 2021 from KPMG and Bitkom states that 82 percent of all companies are already using cloud computing. Only three percent of the respondents are of the opinion that the cloud has no relevance for them.

The study also examined the reasons why companies are moving to the cloud. The most frequently mentioned were the “digitization of the company” and the “digitization of business processes”. However, the cloud was also considered relevant for the cooperation between the department and the IT department and the implementation of portals for cooperation with external partners.

Cloud Ready Check helps with location determination

The figures from KPMG and Bitkom make it clear that the cloud is already an integral part of the IT strategy in many places. For those companies that do not yet use cloud solutions, the question arises when and how they should get into the topic. Answers can be found by subjecting the existing IT landscape to a cloud ready check. This includes several measures. First, an overview of existing systems including their functions and relationships is created, so that transparency about the actual state is created. Then the overall construct can be checked for its cloud readiness based on various criteria. Depending on the results, the feasibility and costs of a cloud migration can be defined in the next step. In addition, an individual concept with an implementation plan for the transition to cloud services and resources can be designed on this basis.

Hardly any company is “Cloud unready”

The cloud maturity level can vary depending on the size of the company and the current degree of digitization. However, in practice, “cloud unready” is never the result of serious checks. Because complete showstoppers for a cloud migration usually do not exist. Rather, the opposite is the case: medium-sized companies in particular often have very good starting conditions due to their central IT and their digitization projects that have already been implemented.

The main hurdles on the way to the cloud

In order to move processes to the cloud, certain requirements must be met. First of all, of course, companies need a stable, high-performance Internet connection. Furthermore, it must be clarified whether the existing applications are suitable for operation in the cloud. For this to be the case, for example, you must have an architecture that supports operation over WAN links or application virtualization on cloud platforms. There should also be clear interfaces. The sheer amount of data can also be a challenge. If this is very large, this makes decentralized administration more difficult. However, there are also suitable solutions for such use cases in the meantime.

Completely unsuitable for the cloud is outdated software that does not run on current operating systems. The same applies to processes that are tied to locally operated hardware and have difficulties with a separation of hardware and software.

Cloud usage is also possible in complicated cases

The fact that the switch to cloud platforms is possible even in challenging scenarios is now proven by many practical examples. One example is the case of a medium-sized company that manages numerous digital locking systems and describes keys with USB devices. The company had the fear that the function of its processes would no longer exist if the reading and writing peripherals were separated from the locking system software. However, a specially developed test scenario showed that the requirements can be mapped very well with a cloud solution. The company finally decided to migrate to the cloud and has not regretted the move to this day.

Another example is a holding company that wanted to implement a central time recording system for all its companies in the DACH region. At the beginning, it was also unclear to what extent the project could be implemented in a cloud environment. However, the check showed that the possibility exists. Today, the time recording software runs smoothly in a highly secure business cloud.

Conclusion: Cloud Ready Check is a solid basis for decision-making

Companies that want to move their processes to the cloud should analyze opportunities and risks in detail. A professional cloud ready check is ideally suited for this task. It not only examines the feasibility, but also the expected cost framework. Thus, it is possible to make an informed decision.

*The author Daniel Schweikle is Head of the Business Cloud Solutions Department at NetPlans Cloud Solutions.

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