After a decade of discussion, cloud adoption is beginning to be viewed as a business necessity, not just another technology option. And if IDC’s 2018 prediction is correct, 30% of enterprises will spend more on public cloud operations than on-premises and any other datacenter IT operations this year.
Even though they may understand the benefits of the cloud or use cloud applications in siloed areas, most organizations stop short of moving all or part of their on-premises core solutions to the cloud. All too often, an all-or-nothing mindset inevitably stalls the business from proceeding – which is unfortunate, because this line of thinking negates the ultimate potential of investing in the cloud.
Many opportunities if you know where to look
Cloud platforms provide tremendous flexibility, with a choice of variations and combinations ranging from pure cloud to a mix of cloud platforms or a blend of cloud-based and on-premises solutions. However, with so many options available, it’s no surprise that CIOs and IT leaders are still overwhelmed when considering new cloud investments.
If you think about it, investing in a cloud environment is similar to purchasing a luxury car for the first time. We study mountains of brochures to evaluate the latest features and go to car shows to dream how the purchase will fit into our lives. However, no matter how much information you read or how many car models you see, nothing matches the peace of mind after a test drive.
The same should be the case when choosing a cloud platform. To turn the bottleneck of a “won’t move” mindset into an enabling “can do” commitment, businesses should explore a cloud environment that contains the functionalities the business needs and is not connected to existing systems. This approach allows every IT and non-IT organization to determine if a cloud option matches their requirements, delivers needed capabilities, and feels like the right direction for the future of the business.
For companies that are still unsure about moving to the cloud, this low-risk, simple entry point can confirm or dispel any doubt about whether a chosen cloud platform is a viable option. Plus, it can help fast-track the cloud implementation when the business is ready – without requiring additional training or acquisition of infrastructure components.
Turning a “won’t do” bottleneck into a “can do” enabler
It is challenging to know which technology options and implementation approaches enable the capabilities a business needs now and the freedom to grow at its own pace in the future. CIOs and IT leaders want a cloud investment that replicates the control, security, and confidence enabled by their on-premises systems. At the same time, they are eyeing an opportunity to not only reduce their IT costs but, more important, innovate their business model and practices at a pace and influence that was never possible in the past.
Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball that can foretell whether a cloud platform under consideration will provide all the capabilities the company desires. But this doesn’t mean that they have to dive into a cloud based on a guess. Sometimes, all it takes is a test drive in the cloud environment to know whether a cloud option will meet the needs of the business now and in the future.
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