Back to Basics: Objectives for Successful Cloud Adoption

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Picture this. You are a part of a multinational retailer of consumer electronics and you decide to quickly develop and deploy a social application to achieve your goals for the shopping season. You are confronted with a very aggressive timeline, meaning that your social application may have to scale up very quickly. The timeline may not even be possible through your company’s traditional IT channel.

Wondering how to tackle this? Leverage cloud computing to deploy the social app to gear up for the shopping season. The cloud computing paradigm presents many options including:

  • Using platform as a service (PaaS) to build this application quickly
  • Building the application using traditional technologies, deploying it on an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform and scaling on demand

The bottom line is that you can rapidly deploy scalable applications in the cloud, by leveraging the key features of flexibility, scalability and on-demand resources. No doubt, cloud is re-inventing the way IT can rapidly enable business outcomes. Gartner has found that by the end of 2013, the size of the cloud computing market worldwide will reach $150 billion. Additionally, by the end of 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will store customer-sensitive data in the public cloud.

It is time for your organization to consider adopting cloud computing if you have not yet already. But, where do you begin? And, what benefits can you expect?

For an organization to adopt a sound cloud computing program, it is paramount to set clear objectives that span from the top of the line, such as productivity gains, to the bottom line, like operational expenses. Most often, cloud computing is viewed as a means to move from capex to opex. While this may be true, cloud computing also provides many other benefits that are often overlooked, some of which may be the key objectives that organizations should focus on while adopting the cloud. Amit Khanna, of Virtusa Corporation, has identified five key cloud adoption objectives.


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