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Measuring Cloud Maturity: Is Your Business Ready?

Aging applications and infrastructure put your business at a disadvantage in an era of constant disruption. That’s why savvy companies are investing resources into cloud development and migration. But is this growing technology the right choice for your enterprise? And if so, how should your team plan to adopt it?

At SafeNet Consulting, we craft custom technology solutions to meet your emerging business needs. We view your challenges as an opportunity to form a partnership—and work alongside you to find the best solutions for your goals. Today, we’re exploring the topic of cloud maturity to help your business prepare for a successful migration.

Strategic Planning for Cloud Adoption

Migrating to the cloud is an overwhelming challenge for most small- to mid-sized businesses. That’s because it takes precise planning around very specific project goals. So before you dive into moving or scaling applications, it’s important to take a step back and define your business transformation objectives.

Whenever we start a cloud migration project, we ask this question: “What’s your motivation for moving in the first place?” Maybe it’s speed to market, cost reductions, scalability, or even to take advantage of a new technical solution like cognitive services. Understanding that driving need is one of the most important pieces of the project. Here are a few common reasons to consider for your business:

1. Scalability
Cloud technology gives your enterprise the flexibility to scale according to its storage or operational needs. As demand or bandwidth increases, your organization can pivot accordingly.

2. Security
Storing your business data in the cloud helps secure it in a safe location—and recover it quickly in the event of a crisis or unplanned disaster.

3. Efficiency
Cloud computing gives your business access to new tools and technical solutions to automate tasks, increase employee efficiency and support productivity.

4.Innovation
Cloud solutions can help your organization drive product development, create new services and capitalize on business opportunities before the competition.

Once you’ve identified the core motivation behind your move, it’s time to take stock of which applications need to be migrated to the cloud—or transformed to suit your business as it evolves.

Application Rationalization

One of the most important concepts we stress in cloud migration projects is Application Rationalization. Think about your own business for a moment; there are dozens of applications you use day to day across different operations. But what are your short- and long-term plans for these tools? Do you intend to phase any out over the next six months—or perhaps merge several apps into a single solution?

Application Rationalization gives you a better understanding of your portfolio of apps, and makes sure you know exactly how long they’re going to be used for. That way, you can be more strategic about which apps you move to the cloud—and lay the groundwork for transforming or merging these solutions to meet upcoming needs.

Organization Alignment

Organization Alignment (or lack thereof) is one of the fastest ways to derail a cloud project. For example, an overzealous team may start experimenting with the cloud independently, taking the initiative to build new applications—and leaving huge security gaps in the process. In other cases, IT employees more familiar with legacy-type servers will feel threatened by the migration and resist it.

In our experience, deploying a top-down approach is essential for successful Organization Alignment. The goal here is to make sure that everyone in the organization has the same understanding, utilization and goals for the cloud project. The problems we’ve outlined above can be avoided entirely through clear communication—and familiarization with the cloud technology itself.

SafeNet Consulting has helped companies of almost every size and specialty successfully navigate their journey to the cloud. We view Organization Alignment as a way to empower your team with the knowledge, skills and competencies to operate on the cloud effectively. As your cloud consulting partner, we can provide any guidance or support your organization needs to prepare for the cloud, from strategy and planning to training.

Governance for Cloud Projects

Now that you’ve thought through the initial motivation and strategy for cloud migration, and laid the foundation for Organization Alignment, let’s tackle governance. Our objective here is to put some guardrails in place for teams that will be working in the cloud—making sure they aren’t spending too much money, accidentally deploying assets in the wrong places, or creating security vulnerabilities.

There’s a wide range of governance features and services your company can use to maintain control and compliance when working in the cloud. For example, you might consider leveraging dashboards to assess cloud spend and usage across your teams—or creating a resource graph for inventory management. By working with a cloud consulting partner like SafeNet Consulting, your company can build and optimize its governance strategy to minimize risk and maximize productivity.

Navigate the Cloud With Confidence

This introduction to cloud maturity should give your team a better understanding of the planning required for a successful move—and whether adopting this technology is the right approach for your business today.

At SafeNet Consulting, we’ve been helping our clients solve complex problems using technology for over 25 years. We can deliver a cloud adoption strategy tailored to your company’s unique transformation needs, driving growth and future innovation in the process. So if you’re ready to drive your business forward with cloud technology, then contact us today!

Affecting Digital Transformation in 2020

Technology is maturing faster than ever before, transforming the way we do business, interact with customers and develop new solutions. Companies that know how to apply this technology are disrupting their industries—and raising user expectations in the process.

To stand out as a change-maker and deliver the value your customers demand, you have to understand and apply the tools driving this disruption first. So today, let’s take a few minutes to discuss some of the most impactful business technologies of 2020.

1. Cloud Development

Companies are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud technology to streamline business processes, reduce costs and scale more effectively. As companies continue to integrate cloud-based workflows to simplify their work, more and more developers are exploring the concept of cloud development for custom apps.

The cloud empowers development teams to use new tools (like serverless computing) to deliver apps more quickly and efficiently. Cloud-based applications are also easier to scale and can take advantage of multiple server locations to reduce the risk of lost data.

At SafeNet Consulting, we help clients across a range of industries replace outdated applications and infrastructure with cloud-based solutions. Our cloud modernization strategy is tailored to your unique business and its needs—ensuring the solutions we build create meaningful change. You can find more information on our cloud and application development solutions here.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a scary concept for many businesses. Put simply, it’s software that enables machines to make more intelligent decisions and behave more like real people. Modern AI solutions can read, listen and see just like humans, creating endless opportunities to automate tedious tasks and gather important data more efficiently.

Thankfully, industry leaders like Microsoft have already built homegrown AI models for companies and development teams to use today. For example, Azure includes a powerful AI platform that unlocks machine learning and in-depth knowledge mining, allowing business users to uncover valuable insights from their content—and deliver innovative experiences in their apps.

SafeNet Consulting makes the process of building and maintaining AI solutions simpler than ever. We can help you leverage the full computational abilities of Microsoft’s AI platform, and apply that technology to solve your business challenges. Together, we can use AI and apps to analyze your data, simplify monotonous tasks and provide game-changing experiences for your customers.

3. Blockchain Technology

At its core, blockchain is a record-keeping technology that stores information about transactions. The introduction of blockchain has drastically changed a variety of businesses and industries already. For example, enterprises in supply chain management can apply blockchain to streamline a range of time-consuming tasks, including product tracking and recording important insights like transportation history.

Blockchain is making big waves in the world of manufacturing and retail as well. Manufacturing plants can use this technology to aggregate and display transparent machine data to monitor equipment and drive predictive maintenance, saving millions in failed machinery costs. Likewise, retailers and e-commerce businesses are deploying blockchain to aggregate and study user data to support their marketing campaigns.

SafeNet Consulting helps companies across the country understand and capitalize on blockchain technology. Our experts can walk your team through potential use cases and advise you on which approach aligns best with your business needs—both for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

An Ecosystem of Change

Your industry’s technology landscape is constantly evolving. To stay relevant as a business, you have to understand how those changes will impact your world and plan accordingly. That’s why it can be so helpful to partner with a technology consulting firm like SafeNet Consulting. Our consultants can help you apply emergent technologies to your business, putting you at the cutting edge of digital transformation.

As your partner, we work to create an environment of open communication, trust and innovation. We’re here to listen to your unique goals—and connect you with custom technologies to keep your business moving forward.

Transform with SafeNet Consulting

At SafeNet Consulting, we’re in the business of relationships. For over 25 years, we’ve helped our clients navigate technology and market changes, guiding them to the best possible outcomes. We love working with change-makers who want to drive their business forward with technology and collaborating to meet their unique challenges.

If you’re looking for a strategic partner to support your team with custom technology solutions, then contact us today. You can also reach out with any questions you have on blockchain technology, AI and apps, or the other exciting concepts we’ve touched on today—and how you might use them to affect positive change in your industry. We can’t wait to get started.

 

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