Different workloads need different clouds.
Different workloads need different clouds.
Weolcan supports organizations with their transition to a Digital Enterprise. We do this by helping to draw up a Cloud Strategy, but even more importantly we start by formulating a Digital Strategy in which the strategic objectives from the Business Strategy are translated into digital capabilities. After all, the cloud is not an end goal in itself, but only a means to achieve the strategic objectives of the organization with speed, intelligence, flexibility and cost effectiveness using the latest digital capabilities. With the help of a Strategy Map we survey the relationship between the strategic objectives and the new digital capabilities, and make it clear how we can contribute to the objectives of the organization with IT to create value for their business.
A Cloud Strategy as a derivative
of a Digital Strategy
If the Digital Strategy is clear, a Cloud Strategy can be an important building block because there are many other digital capabilities available on-demand and pay-as-you-go in the cloud, such as IoT, Big Data analysis tools or DevOps Automation and CI / CD tools, which would otherwise take more time and investment to realize.
Our method of formulating a Cloud Strategy is intrinsically focused on accelerating innovation and value creation for the business. The application landscape forms the starting point for identifying tactical cloud migrations. In order to be able to execute these successfully we do the maths by building the business case, set up a Sourcing Strategy, and design the cloud architecture. Together they form the foundation on which we can design the organization and its processes, and turn the IT Operations team into a Cloud Operations team.
The application landscape as
the starting point of a Cloud Strategy
A cloud strategy is a guideline for not only the tactical migration of existing applications, but also for the landing site of future applications. Before the cloud strategy can be determined, it is important to have an insight into the application landscape. To this end, we divide the applications along two axes. Along the horizontal axis we distinguish commodity applications and competitive applications. Along the vertical axis we make the split between mission critical and non-mission critical applications. In this way we create an overview of all applications on the basis of their lifecycle, and we gain insight per application on the importance for the organization in terms of innovation and continuity.
Defining the Cloud Strategy
We then analyze each application to determine whether it is technically suitable for the cloud, and whether there is actually a benefit for the relevant application in the cloud. The smart composition of application bundles enables us to define the Cloud Strategy. This makes it possible to identify the requirements for each application with regard to management, the underlying infrastructure, replacement or possible migration to the cloud.
The ultimate goal is the realization of a highly simplified application landscape and the identification of tactical cloud migrations, which make it possible to respond more flexibly to questions from the business, accelerate innovation, and save costs.
‘People & Processes’ determine the
success of the digital transition
So far it has been all about strategy and the underlying technology. Business strategy, Digital Strategy, Cloud Strategy followed by technical topics such as the application landscape, the Business Case, a Sourcing Strategy and finally a Roadmap. But the success of a digital transition is not determined by the strategy or by technology, but by the people and the way they organize themselves. A Cloud Strategy that is exclusively driven by technology is simply doomed to fail. The entire organization needs to adapt to the new way of working for it to succeed. That is why it is important to know where you stand as an organization and to what extent you are able to embrace that new technology.
Advice on the implementation of the Cloud Strategy
Weolcan has developed a Cloud Maturity Scan that maps out the maturity of the organization in six aspects. Based on this, Weolcan will advise on what needs to be done to prepare the organization for a possible implementation of the Cloud Strategy. This report is also important input for the follow-up phase when we design the Cloud Center of Expertise and set up the Target Operating Model based on the Weolcan Cloud Governance Framework.
“A Digital Enterprise is an organization able to automate its Production and Marketing & Sales in such a way that it can accelerate its innovation”
Michiel de van der Schueren