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Out of the rain and into the Cloud of Clouds

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13 June 2016

Phil Blincko

Blogs by author: Phil Blincko, VP, Professional Services, BT

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Shelter from the elements.
As summer rolls in, most of us enjoy getting outside into the sunshine, spending days in the countryside and inviting friends over for barbeques in the garden.

For those of us in the UK though, chances are you’ve been caught out by the elements at some point. Grey clouds appear and darken an otherwise sunny day. Then the rain starts. Trudging on, it’s inevitable you’ll start dreaming about that lovely, cosy pub not far away.

What’s bad weather got to do with cloud technology though? Well, for your business, the cloud is that warm, dry pub. Outside the cloud, business is vulnerable to a variable climate of security breaches, infrastructure that hinders growth, data loss, costly and time-consuming software systems, and ineffective collaboration.

In this digital age, you need to make the most of the cloud to be successful, fast, agile and secure. Outside the cloud, businesses are at the mercy of the elements — it’s not somewhere you want to be.

A roof over its head.
Let’s take as an example the situation of one of our clients, a large global bank. It realised that moving to the cloud would unlock a wide range of benefits — including protection against the cyber ‘storms’ that could so easily destabilise its business.

Starting with a full audit of its network, hardware and services to get an accurate picture of its estate, we created a customised plan for migration to a more flexible, adaptive and future-fit cloud-based design. This roadmap laid out exactly how moving to the cloud would reduce complexity and minimise costs — and it detailed the business benefits for the bank as it reached each milestone on the journey. Plus, the roadmap identified and specified how the transformation would tackle commercial, operational and security risks that had been part of its legacy infrastructure.

With potential savings estimated at over £4 million a year, the bank is really happy with its decision to shelter in the cloud.

A three-step transformation.
Every organisation will have its own tipping point for making the decision to move to the cloud, but the principles of making that move remain the same for any business. For any transition to the cloud, it’s important to take these three steps:

1. Discover.
Figure out business challenges and assess whether you’re ready for a move to the cloud. Then devise a plan to make the most of opportunities in your sector, bridge any ‘value gaps’, and establish a clear view of your technological future.

2. Transform.
Carry out all the due diligence, planning and implementation. Create a clear business case, test plan and full-solution design — alongside carrying out risk assessments. Then transform your infrastructure and achieve your target architecture.

3. Manage.
Think about managing your new cloud infrastructure — how will you continue to innovate and capitalise on new opportunities? And how will you continually ensure you are getting the most from it?

A great place to be.
Those three steps are all that stands between your business and all that the cloud can offer. And the good news is: you can get help to make those steps even simpler.

Working with a company like BT allows you to focus on your day job while we analyse your business needs and create a bespoke roadmap to transformation. You’ll then benefit from our management services to keep everything running smoothly.

Step inside.
Getting left behind could mean you’re exposing your business to the elements, and who’d choose a rainy, grey hillside when they could be sat in a cosy pub with a lovely hot meal?

Don’t leave your business at the mercy of the elements. Step into the Cloud of Clouds.

Discover more by taking a look at our IT professional services webpage.