Businesses of all sizes have increased their attention to their cloud transformation strategy. But despite this laudable focus on the cloud, one crucial component is often missing: data. In order to be successful, this must change. Businesses need to focus on their cloud and digital strategies while simultaneously thinking about their data strategy.
With this joined-up approach, you’ll be able to ensure that your cloud transformation journey is successful.
Your journey toward data-led architecture must begin with the consideration of five key elements:
After you have the building blocks in place to develop a cohesive data and cloud strategy, your plan must remain a work in progress. As you continue to develop and hone your data-led architecture, pay attention to these four critical business levers:
Always act in a data-centric manner. Your business must, in all circumstances, focus on how it can use data to create faster time-to insight through the data you collect. By achieving this speed, you’ll be able to make crucial decisions faster. The aim must be to turn information into insight, and to then turn this insight into business intelligence.
There are a lot of options when it comes to using the cloud. Without tight constraints, your employees could purchase resources that are poorly suited to the task at hand. Find evidence of what the business wants to achieve and what types of cloud service are available. Talk to your peers to ensure that any cloud procurement is matched to business objectives. Speak with your executive team, present your evidence, and get buy-in for your case-driven business model.
You must ensure that your operating model is tightly aligned with your workload requirements. For example, your business might need to ensure it has different cloud arrangements due to data-governance requirements. Certain localities also need data held with specific providers.
Another workload consideration relates to temporality: Will data analysis take place on a short-term basis, or will it be required for the long term? Your operating model must support the balancing of workloads in a hybrid fashion, so your business can scale the cloud as data workload requirements alter. Ensure that your business has more than one cloud. Make sure your operating model is independent of any single provider and you can take advantage of other options as business requirements change.
Great cloud and data professionals are in high demand. These skilled experts ensure data and on-demand IT form a key element of your developing cloud transformation strategy. Make sure you have the right team in place, and that you find the right partners to support the execution of your transformation. According to 451 Research, more than 70 percent of organizations are looking for guidance from a trusted partner when implementing the cloud.
Make sure your business doesn’t create a cloud transformation strategy without also creating a data strategy. One without the other is simply a recipe for disaster. If your data isn’t prioritized at the same time as you make use of the cloud, you could find that your data is held where you don’t want it to be in terms of location, security, and cost.
Learn more about the journey to the cloud here.