Many enterprises know they need to move to the cloud, but they don’t have a sense of how to get there. While you hear a lot about the advantages of cloud, there’s risk associated with doing it wrong or going in without a plan.
How do you discover and gain better insights into your business? How do you uncover and capture human insights that are not necessarily quantifiable and transform them into bits and bytes? There are a few questions to ask yourself to gain this knowledge:
“How do I turbocharge my business?” “How do I grow revenue?” “How do I get into new markets?” These are the types of questions I get from IT execs who ask me how they can begin these discussions with their business leaders and embark on initiatives to meet these goals. I tell them, if you want to drive growth, you have to think about your applications. By transforming and moving some of those applications to the cloud, you can help boost the performance of the business.
Which applications matter?
When I was a kid, I loved to build things with Lego blocks. Different colors, different shapes, different sizes, they all plugged into each other with the same reusable components. I see a parallel in the evolution of cloud computing to the open, modular system of the OpenStack-based HP Helion—our expansive portfolio of private, public, and hybrid IT solutions incorporating hardware, software, and services.
Last week as I was watching the new Seadrill video by HP that I helped edit, I felt like I was viewing a scene from Mission Impossible: Migrate the head office and data center of the world's largest offshore oil and gas drilling company from a traditional environment to a completely cloud-based operation for all corporate systems. Relocate the executive team's systems to London, and move the corporate back office and IT to Dubai. Oh, and do so in only six months, at a competitive cost.
Use cloud to transform your business. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not that easy. You need to think about more than technical issues. Culture, processes, skill sets, and change management all play a strategic role in smoothing your path to the cloud. What happens when you neglect these factors? Consider this cautionary tale of a large enterprise customer, who turned to my HP colleagues to sort out their private cloud missteps and transform IT into an internal service provider.