This Friday I would like to talk about what you are doing “in the cloud”. A number of leaders and organizations are quick to declare success based on the fact that they have migrated their on-prem systems and workloads to the cloud, and shut down their data centers. I get it; that was neither easy nor trivial. Go ahead and celebrate but your #liftandshift strategy only gets you so far.
If your #cloudmigration business case was based on achieving some degree of agility, scalability, and lower cost, you’ve probably hit that. However, that is just the beginning of your #cloudjourney as the truly transformational benefits can only come when you start taking on #automation and #innovation of your legacy processes in the cloud.
Here are the 2 primary blockers leaders have when “thinking big in the the cloud”
Difficulty thinking in terms of an infrastructure that is flexible and dynamic
Difficulty effectively aligning overall business strategy with cloud strategy
Yes, migration to the cloud was hard. Innovating once there is even harder! But running legacy processes in the cloud is not a recipe for success. The only way to improve your mission capabilities and outcomes in a sustainable, cost-effective manner is to start innovating in the cloud.
I also understand that “innovation” is a bit of a loaded word and comes in all shapes and sizes. So what are some innovative use cases for you to consider in your cloud? Here are a few of them –
Make it easy for analysts to access any/all data
Make it easy to do light-weight experiments
Make operational trouble-shooting easier
Run those daily reports in parallel as opposed to sequentially
Add system notifications to your messaging platform
Get started on those AI/ML projects that were cost-prohibitive
Build a chatbot or a voice interface
Make it easy for engineers to build, secure, test, and deploy to prod