Are you ready for the cloud? Really? (5)

Agility and resilience are, in short, the two big drivers of organizations that opt for the cloud. Whether you’re taking your first steps or looking to move a new set of apps to the cloud: our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ series will tell you how strategy, change management, a cloud adoption framework and proper preparation of your database migration can help pave the way. One more tip? Start with a readiness assessment: check how mature your processes, people and platforms are.

We discussed the reasons for embracing cloud platforms in detail in blog 1 on strategy: organizations want to innovate more quickly, respond flexibly to new demands and no longer invest in an outdated – or expensive, new – data center. Increasingly, too, the sustainability approach of cloud providers is an extra motivator.

Two arguments we have not yet mentioned: an innovative, cloud-first IT landscape is more attractive to new employees and increasingly also a must for collaborating smoothly with suppliers and customers. In summary, organizations that want to stay in the game, choose the cloud.

Organizations that want to stay in the game, choose the cloud.

Avoid technical and skills debt

We’ve already told you that on your journey to the cloud, you may occasionally run into a challenge. One of the hurdles is technical debt: existing IT landscapes, applications or infrastructure have often become complex – and monolithic – outdated legacy systems that you can’t simply store in the cloud.

In addition, as we highlighted in the blog on organization, your cloud journey requires new skills and a mental shift. Agile working, the cost implications of every IT decision (scaling up means paying extra!), the persistent myth that the cloud is ‘unsafe’: there are many barriers to overcome. This creates a skills debt and a two-speed organization – resulting in even more technical debt.

Readiness assessment

Your best guarantee of cloud success? Extremely thorough preparation. And this actually starts even before you determine your cloud strategy: Ordina uses a readiness assessment to map out the cloud maturity of your processes, platforms and people.

Together, we look at the entire life cycle of your existing IT landscape. Are any applications already in the cloud? How many applications and databases does your organization have, and what do you want to move? Do you have to migrate them all or can you drop some (lift and shift or retire)? Do you need to make adjustments to your applications (refactor) or would it be better to build a new solution (rebuild)? What about security and your back-up strategy, etc.? In this section, our colleagues from the MS SQL Server team play a major role, as you may have read in blog 4 on database migration.

Because a cloud migration is also about people, the readiness assessment also zooms in on your employees. Using workshops and interviews, we determine your internal change capacity, establish what skills you have in house and list what roles are required.

A trusted guide

An experienced guide to accompany you on your journey to the cloud is always a good idea. You will find such a guide at Ordina. Experience with cloud projects, knowledge of cloud technology, a close relationship with cloud providers, soft skills to help you with change management? Check! Moreover, we work in high-performance teams, with experts from various business units. So you benefit from expertise and best practices in every step of your cloud project. Furthermore, we always work very closely together with our customers. In this way, you slowly but surely develop not only your cloud landscape but also your in-house skills – plus acceptance and even enthusiasm.

About this blog series: what to expect

New to the world of the cloud or already have some experience? The cloud is complex anyway – if you really want to take advantage of it. That’s why we’re launching our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ blog series, packed with best practices. You will discover:

+ how Ordina can help you with all this.