With Multi-cloud in Place, Here’s What to Do Next
If you’ve read my earlier posts, I have shared the main benefits of multi-cloud, from greater efficiencies and cost effectiveness, to re-positioning the IT organization as a business driver rather than a group that simply keeps the email server up and running.
I have also covered the critical next steps companies should consider before shifting their IT infrastructure to multi-cloud. To summarize, it works for almost everyone, but by all means, please do your homework before taking the multi-cloud leap.
Now, let’s assume you appreciate the benefits and have made multi-cloud a foundation of your IT strategy. First of all, congratulations! Your IT department, and your overall business, are ideally positioned for innovation and future success.
However, simply being able to say you’ve adopted multi-cloud is not enough. Making it work requires some strategic thinking to be successful. Here are three recommendations to help you harness the full power of multi-cloud and take your business to the next level.
Reap the benefits of your new capabilities. Perhaps the greatest benefit of multi-cloud is its ability to help IT leverage and optimize a range of cloud services based on business and technology requirements, in the moment they’re needed most. Making this shift in capabilities often requires a shift in thinking first. With multi-cloud’s rapid application development, ability to shift resources as needed, and ways to deliver smarter insights through analytics, IT becomes empowered as a proactive source of business innovation instead of a bystander who is simply trying to keep the existing infrastructure running optimally. What would you rather do: Keep the lights on, or play a decisive role in making your business more nimble and flexible?
Automate, or suffer the consequences. Despite the range of benefits that come from transitioning to a multi-cloud environment, human nature means it can be easy to fall back on old habits. Don’t make that mistake with multi-cloud automation. In short, automate everything you can to minimize the redundant and often tedious work of managing your basic IT functions. For instance, if you don’t implement things like environment provisioning and workload decision-making through an intuitive, automated self-service portal, you will miss one of the most tremendous benefits of multi-cloud, which is flexibility. Will the IT team members who were responsible for stitching together and approving provisioning email requests need something else to do once you’ve implemented a more automation process? Absolutely. And now, they’ll be able to devote their time to learning new IT skills that can really move the needle on their careers and your business.
Aim for a new lodestar, then aim higher. There are many reasons why companies are transitioning to multi-cloud. Number one on the list is almost always because multi-cloud unlocks the ability for companies to transform their IT departments into innovation engines where applications and workloads support existing business priorities, and also fuel new ways of thinking and smarter strategies to drive overall business growth and success. Taking advantage of your new multi-cloud infrastructure is exciting. It’s an invitation to think beyond just IT and consider how applications and data can help you reimagine operations, rethink processes, break down silos and create a better foundation to springboard your business into the future. I am excited to see where these transformations will take us.