Cloud has become the primary location for businesses to store data, and the best way to move away from manual processes to a more automated way of work. This is one of the reasons why all size businesses from every industry are moving more and more their IT systems to the cloud.
Enterprises who have not begun their journey are considering how they’ll introduce cloud into their existing environments. This will allow them to take advantage of what cloud has to offer when the time comes to invest in each of their areas of concern.
94% of businesses saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud, and 91% said it makes it easier to meet government compliance requirements. Most businesses today are familiar with the benefits of using cloud to streamline technologies and speed up how they operate to be faster, flexible, and more resilient. However, moving to the cloud requires some work and preparation, that is why is important to think of your move to the cloud as a planned and structured journey instead of an overnight switch.
Usually, the main focus is on the technical aspects rather than the business ones. However, a successful move to the cloud requires proper business decisions to organize the big organizational change. The most successful transformation journeys start with a business outcome in mind, and during any transformation, the ability to speak in terms of business outcomes supports transparency and cross-functional partnerships.
Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure provides a proven guidance that’s designed to help you create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It also provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers need to successfully achieve short-term and long-term objectives.
To get started it is key to establish a Governance baseline foundation for your organization. In this Cloud Adoption Framework Governance Benchmark Tool available here, you can find an assessment to help you identify gaps in your organization across key domains, as defined in Governance methodology of the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework-organizational readiness, resource consistency, cost management, deployment acceleration, security baseline, and identity baseline.
Cloud Adoption Journey Phases
There’s not a single adoption path that works for every organization, but the main implementation stages are similar to all companies and industries and every journey is neatly aligned to the following and recommended phases:
- Define your strategy
- Make a plan.
- Get your organization ready.
- Adopt the cloud.
- Govern and manage your digital estate.
“Today each organization must learn how to build its own digital capability. Because now every company is a software company, every company is a digital organization”- Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft.
Cloud migration is a powerful and transformative move with wide-ranging business benefits. Ones of the key ones are the listed below:
- Cost Savings
- Connectivity & Accessibility
- Reduced Risk of Data Loss
- Faster Deployment
- Increased Collaboration
- Improved Efficiency
Gaining Competitive Advantage
Nowadays organizations are recognizing that the future of computing is in the cloud. Those that haven’t yet made the move may be debating the timing and types of services to employ. The latest generation of cloud services gives organizations numerous options for being more agile, opening new revenue streams, and gaining a competitive advantage.
When executives emphasize business drivers in their decision-making, they will see more possibilities for using the cloud beyond cutting capital expenses, ending software maintenance contracts and reducing IT staff.
If you are interested in learn, deploy, or secure the different Microsoft cloud products, take advantage of these Microsoft Azure Governance and Fundamentals Virtual Workshops for you to get started. In the meantime, If you’d like to connect with us ,you can reach out to us here.