Building for the Cloud

Why adopting cloud means more than lift and shift

Yohann Jennepin
Yohann Jennepin

Solution Architect, Global Services

Cloud. Whether you’ve got your consumer or business hat on, it’s a topic that’s on everyone’s lips, and it is fast becoming an even bigger priority for businesses. Why? Because if you’re thinking about digital transformation (and we know you are!), cloud is an essential part of that journey. This expanding technology has become a vital piece of the puzzle for managing and organising the massive amounts of data businesses hold. 

But making change happen isn’t easy, especially when you’re dealing with a global scale. Balancing resistance and making sure the business still functions on a day-to-day level, provides a real challenge - so why take on the upheaval? 

Because the value of cloud is clear: it transforms the nature of work, giving your employees the flexibility of remote working. Whether they’re sat at their desk or the airport, they can still access all the information they need and collaborate on projects in real-time, and when you look at the amount of data your business needs to deal with, it allows you to streamline your processes and reduce the risk of human errors. Quite simply, cloud is the technology that now underpins a modern company’s ability to be agile, flexible and efficient.

Yohann Jennepin talks digital transformation with an audience of customers
Yohann Jennepin talks digital transformation with an audience of customers

How does this work at scale?

With years of historical information, customer data and long-entrenched ways of working, this challenge can seem insurmountable. Against this backdrop, it’s easy to want to cut corners - but take your time. Focus on collaborating with partners and customers, both inside and outside your organisation. Don’t give in to the temptation of racing into the cloud.

The main thing to remember is that everything that makes the transition needs to be designed for the environment it’s going to be used in. Just moving your existing applications won’t automatically provide all the dynamic features of the cloud. You need to have a plan that helps your transition run one step at a time, specifically adapting your current set up to be more suitable for a cloud setting.

Yohann Jennepin demonstrating the power of the cloud with clients

How do you work out where to focus your energy?

Your first step should be to work out where transformation can deliver the most ROI. Front-end, customer-facing processes should be a top priority. Transitioning these workflows to the cloud allows your business to be more agile. Customer preferences are fast-changing, and to be able to capitalise on them, companies need to be able to adapt their offering, fast. By using a cloud platform, you can easily add new capabilities and channels, tapping into new revenue streams and meeting customer expectations. Create your cloud plan by prioritising the workflows which directly impact customer experience. 

With your plan in place, a more flexible, responsive and efficient way of working is just around the corner. 

To find about more about how we can support your cloud transition click here.