As organizational reliance on the cloud grows, so do the challenges of managing increasingly sophisticated cloud strategies.
The recent rapid transition to cloud services has provided enterprises with unparalleled flexibility and scalability, allowing them to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. It has also resulted in a jumble of sophisticated techniques that threaten to detract from the cloud’s lustre.
Businesses rarely deploy one cloud service and call it a day. For everything from acquiring important business apps to building new development environments to maintaining their whole IT infrastructure, they rely on many services from diverse vendors.
Many IT and business leaders didn’t anticipate the complexities and issues of a multiple/hybrid cloud approach. This is compounded when numerous business departments and organizations use the cloud without the approval or knowledge of IT team, and without proper validation.
Here are some of the ways that cloud environments are growing more complex and demanding, as well as what businesses can do to succeed in the face of these challenges:
Cloud costs can quickly spiral out of control significantly when departments outside of central IT contribute to the overall cloud footprint of the company. Allowing a multi-cloud approach to lead to runaway expenses is especially unpleasant for enterprises because one of the key attractions of the cloud is the prospect of cost reduction.
Creating a cloud governance program is one such option. Other best practices include collaborating with cloud providers to get the most out of their services, hiring employees with cloud-related capabilities, adopting DevSecOps approaches for cloud-based development, and properly documenting and explaining the governance program.
Defending against cyber-threats
IT leaders have been concerned about cloud security vulnerabilities for a long time. However, as cloud environments become more sophisticated, safeguarding data and applications in the cloud become increasingly more difficult. For businesses going to the cloud, security management has become one of the most pressing concerns. The pandemic has added to the environment’s complexity in terms of personnel dispersion. This paradigm shift must be handled by taking a different approach to security. The plan calls for a cloud-based secure access service edge and a zero-trust service model.
Dealing with changes in responsibilities
The development of the cloud is altering practically every aspect of IT, including the CIO’s responsibilities. If IT leaders and their teams continue to do things the way they did before the cloud became popular, they may be doomed to fail. This isn’t to say that IT management isn’t necessary. In reality, as multi-cloud initiatives get more sophisticated, IT assistance is more critical than ever. The role of the CIO is shifting from “construct and control” to “guide and inspire.” As part of the new position, we must allow citizen developers from business teams to share some traditional IT tasks under the supervision of the IT team.
Ensuring the cloud is driving actual business results
The more complicated a cloud strategy becomes, the more difficult it may get to calculate the return on investment from the numerous services in use, assuming there is one at all. It was critical to be able to specify workloads and construct the correct provider to meet certain requirements. In this situation, the only way to succeed in a complicated cloud environment is to negotiate Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with cloud service providers that establish a precise set of deliverables. Businesses can begin to piece together all workflows without the risk of substantial disruption once the scalable infrastructure is in place.