What Does Being a ‘Cloud Native’ Company Truly Entail?

What Does Being a ‘Cloud Native’ Company Truly Entail (1)

As a concept, Cloud-native is here to stay, and it is firmly established in enterprise technology discussion. It is redefining the rules, roles, and resources to become the driver of transformation.  

2020 has seen many companies moving ahead with their cloud-native journeys, and this trend will continue as we move into 2021. The pandemic has urged the shift to cloud computing, with businesses transitioning towards cloud-based solutions for years.

Early moves to the cloud predominantly included applications and data being moved to the cloud without halting to redesign the app, operational process, and working ways.

Even though this approach achieved cost savings and local value, it also created disruption. Ultimately, it was not truly transformational, nor did it help move an organization toward becoming cloud-native.

What does it mean to be a cloud-native company?

In today’s fast-paced and complex world, the ways of working need to change. Planning needs to occur quarterly rather than on an annual basis, and it needs to be more adaptable to agility and rapid responses to the market.

Being cloud-native helps remove constraints, subsequently allowing a company to be more flexible. It involves transferring infrastructure and apps to the new capabilities available in the cloud from legacy IT stacks.

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Cloud-native technologies help connect technical innovations and business innovations much more effectively. It eradicates downtime by embracing automated scalability.

Making the change

Cloud modernization in businesses could begin in the IT department. It could start as an experiment within a business unit or sometimes combine a number of experiments driving a bigger change in the business.

Business Experiments and IT transformation need to be connected to achieve a fully cloud-driven transformation.

As businesses start to implement the underlying technology, they will face challenges emerging around governance, processing, finance, and technology.  For maximum results, it is advisable not to push back on the changes but accept them as new ways of working.

It can result in the breaking down of existing governance structures, traditional IT release processes, among other things. Without a doubt, cloud modernization will create profound ripple effects across the business.

If not managed well, the impact can result in being an unconstructive disruption. It can end up costing too much money without a clear strategy and can lead to operational risk.

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Partners who have been through this before can help the CIO, business leaders, and leadership teams understand the gravity of the challenge they’re about to take on and the implications.

This year has driven many companies into becoming cloud-native, and it’s a trend that will continue as we head into 2021. Becoming a cloud-native business will be a success as long as businesses know who exactly is in charge of the operation, have a clear strategy, and understand the risks.

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Prangya Pandab is an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. She is a seasoned journalist with almost seven years of experience in the business news sector. Before joining ODM, she was a journalist with CNBC-TV18 for four years. She also had a brief stint with an infrastructure finance company working for their communications and branding vertical.