CIOs are well aware that business journeys to the cloud imply that between the next milestone and the organizational vision, there exist unknown factors of business transformation.
Aligning the growing business and technology strategy, at the enterprise and product-line levels, is critical to successful transformations. At the heart of cloud adoption lies the transformation of the enterprise’s operational model itself. Technology’s increasing incursion into the business model causes this trend. However, CIOs need to align an evolutionary and tough transformation journey with the cloud adoption roadmap.
Instead of thinking about the cloud as an IT issue, dynamic CIOs think about the cloud as capabilities stackable to add new capabilities and augment current ones.
Here are a few examples that should emphasize the benefits of linking the evolutions of corporate capability and cloud capabilities
Working methods of IT
The cloud has the potential to automate the working methods of IT. The cloud’s standardization allows businesses to radically automate their development and operational processes.
Companies can automate and streamline their application, data, and analytical model delivery, as well as run processes, by implementing DevSecOps, DataOps, MLOps, and AIOps. The time-to-value equation changes dramatically as a result of this significant automation.
Enterprise as an ecosystem: distributed cloud
As CIOs help businesses adopt ecosystem-centric business and operating models, the public cloud is also evolving into a distributed cloud.
This approach enables organizations to have a physical location, which appears to be contrary to the preceding notion of the cloud. That location, too, will be a part of the distributed cloud offering under an ecosystem operating model. This is accomplished through packaged hybrid products that deliver public cloud capabilities to remote locations, including the edge.
This provides considerable value to the business by delivering low-latency computation where it is needed while maintaining administration through a single pane and retaining the benefits of the public cloud.
Enterprise digital strategy before cloud strategy
When CIOs consider industry-specific models, 5G-aligned capabilities or logistics, supply chain capabilities, and other factors, it becomes clear that aligning an enterprise’s technology evolution with its cloud capability evolution offers a substantial competitive advantage. This is true for both horizontal as well as industry-specific verticalized capabilities.
Instead of keeping up with the cloud provider’s capability evolution, the goal is to pace the enterprise’s capability evolution so that it accelerates the enterprise’s digital transformation. Businesses with a targeted, tech-aligned company road map have a competitive advantage over their competitors.
Having said that, this will undoubtedly be a difficult trip. Enterprises must focus on a non-trivial array of operating models, technological, operational, security, and financial competencies to utilize the true potential of the cloud. Additional improvement is also achievable by incorporating intelligence into these processes. This allows the company’s technologies to be delivered in a more efficient manner.
People’s muscles and technology
If an enterprise is to exploit the full potential of the cloud, it needs to develop the human muscles that empower this shift — from technical skills to collaboration muscles and cultural shifts.
On the one hand, these strengths involve business and technology interdependence; on the other, they contain new abilities essential to a cloud operating model and business tech-linked product management.
It’s essential to transform internal people muscle into technological and operational capabilities that can be delivered as part of a cloud operating model. The underlying processes must be adaptive and resilient in order for people’s muscles and technology muscles to stay supportive of one another.
Because the underlying procedures did not keep up with the expanding capabilities road map, many people and technology road maps have got lost in the past.
Building this muscle requires aligning the business technology strategy and execution road map. This allows the conversation to move beyond IT efficiency and toward business value generation. An organization may truly establish a coherent digital transformation strategy once IT can assist the ability of the business to foresee the future of business technology.
It gets easier for the company to have a collaborative dialogue with the cloud ecosystem, including public cloud providers, as its internal business technology muscle grows.
Internal alignment can help to stimulate the ecosystem in the company’s favor and, as a result, speed up the journey. Internal coherence operates as a gravitational force, pulling the ecosystem in the direction of the business. CIOs recognize that no transformation journey is straightforward or uniform, but using the cloud as a catalyst for digital transformation can serve as a stepping stone to enable and accelerate digital transformation.