Navigate through cloud complexity to achieve cloud clarity

Understand and define YOUR Cloud Journey

Organizations are required to make a whole host of choices to ensure successful cloud utilization, such as selecting public, private, multicloud or hybrid cloud from a wide range of providers and decide where to limit control to prevent technology sprawl and its associated costs (and risks). If they make these choices without fully understanding their impact, it dulls the competitive edge that cloud promises to deliver. A Managed Cloud Services Provider, like NTT DATA can greatly assist you define your journey. Once your cloud journey has been defined, the focus shifts to tying everything together by ensuring compatibility with legacy applications and applications that are not optimized for cloud. Organizations must also prioritize security and risk management, regardless of the chosen architecture.

Re-Direct Cloud Savings towards growth and innovation

Moving to the cloud doesn't automatically yield cost efficiencies. Costs can escalate if the solution is not implemented correctly. When done correctly, optimizing clouds creates an attractive model, allowing organizations to redirect funding to more important projects or innovations that can help them achieve their strategic growth outcomes. To realize cost optimization and decrease risk, organizations must continuously fine-tune their cloud solution. This includes rightsizing, optimizing security controls, access controls and encryption, and having the correct monitoring in place to protect the data and applications.

It is not enough to implement the right cloud environment; it also must be managed. Simplifying the management approach or partnering with managed cloud providers, like NTT DATA, allows organizations and employees to focus on core business objectives. By entrusting day-to-day operational tasks to experts, strategic goals can be achieved.

Complex cloud environments can delay speed to market, hinder the development of new applications, and increase the risk of service disruptions and data breaches. Reducing complexity begins with the multitude of choices to make when you're creating a cloud environment. Simplifying the process starts with analyzing your current environment to allow a solution or architecture to be designed that meets your business needs, focuses on creating standards and is a true "secure by design" solution.

5 ways to reduce cloud complexity

Standardize and optimize processes. To minimize errors, achieve more consistent deployments and significantly reduce time to market. Embracing infrastructure as code (or GitOps) aids in the automation of deployment processes, leading to greater efficiency, consistency, and accuracy, thereby simplifying the approach to management.

Use a cloud management platform and related tools for centralized control and monitoring capabilities across multiple cloud environments, streamlining management tasks, enhancing visibility, and improving overall operational efficiency.

Embrace a cloud-native architecture to leverage the innate tools and services that cloud providers offer. This leads to a focused development process using the capabilities and efficiencies offered by the cloud platform to build scalable and resilient applications as well as optimizing costs.

Get expert guidance or partner with a managed service provider. To alleviate the complexities associated with cloud deployment and choosing the right provider, organizations should seek expert guidance. Experts can optimize the deployment process, address challenges, and ensure the efficient usage of cloud resources, enhancing overall operational performance. It also helps reduce the overall cost of training resources, freeing resources to focus on driving innovation and meeting business needs.

Educate and train your teams. Employees must be trained in best practices, architectural considerations, security, and cost management implications in the cloud. Ensuring that your workforce is well-informed can maximize the benefits of cloud adoption while minimizing risks and potential inefficiencies.

When done right, cloud optimization allows organizations to minimize risks, improve efficiency, and achieve their strategic objectives. Learn more about NTT DATA and our Cloud Services here.