Taking a constructive approach rather than a reactive one can help businesses capitalize on what the future of cloud computing has to offer.
Cloud implementations, which had previously been postponed, became a necessity to sustain in the post-pandemic business environment. The sudden transformation to remote everything — work, school, shopping, personal events resulted in an unprecedented increase in cloud dependence and necessity.
According to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud, nine out of ten cloud decision-makers expect cloud usage to surpass expectations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a MariaDB survey published in June 2020, 40% of companies accelerated cloud adoption plans as a result of the pandemic.
The strategy evolved in tandem with cloud deployment. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted one of the most significant changes in cloud strategy in the history of technology. Businesses seeking to keep ahead of future disruptions should focus on an adaptable, flexible cloud strategy that takes into account future developments.
Aside from ensuring continuity, the pandemic provided an opportunity for companies to use the cloud to advance business initiatives.
Cloud strategy 101
Cloud strategy varies from cloud implementation. Companies should stop describing “how” and instead concentrate on “what.” The possibilities for “how” will extend from there.
The cloud strategy should be integrated into the organization’s DNA so that it can grow with it. Companies should develop a cloud center of excellence, led by an executive, to start guiding the cloud strategy and establish best practices.
The center of excellence disseminates information to various business units in order to allow them to use cloud services. Then, as cloud computing becomes more popular, the center curates best practices based on user reviews.
Cloud-native strategies are moving beyond infrastructure requirements and into business strategy. As the cloud evolves from a substitute for on-premises data centers to a platform for developing new technologies, strategies evolve.
Adopting a cloud-native strategy for companies, whether it’s a new business or expanding an existing one, means embracing innovation. And innovation needs to be governed differently.
Creating an adaptable, flexible
Cloud strategies have changed after pandemic as cloud provider services have progressed. Hybrid or multi-cloud offerings, cloud-first strategies, and container advancements have broadened vendor offerings.
AI and machine learning are now triggering a new paradigm change. While these innovations will not have a direct impact on cloud strategies, they will have several indirect effects on the applications built and/or migrated as part of an organization’s cloud strategy.
The cloud will be in charge of collecting, generating, and storing the data that will feed potential AI and ML applications. However, companies should be wary of cloud-first strategies that are too broad.
‘Cloud-first’ is a popular strategy, but it can be an ambitious target. Not all applications, especially legacy (and particularly monolithic) applications, are well suited to the cloud. Rather, a flexible, detailed cloud strategy in the form of a “living document” can be modified over time to adapt to changing cloud needs.
The next wave of cloud spending is being driven by innovation, and the strategy must keep up. Gartner predicts that global spending on public cloud services will increase 23.1% to $332.3 billion in 2021, driven by investments in new technologies such as virtualization, containerization, and edge computing.