Digitisation is a driving priority for business leaders worldwide, whether in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services—or any other industry. And over the last decade and more, cloud has proved to be vital in realizing digital transformation agendas.
Today, as the world transitions into our post-pandemic reality, it’s clear that cloud continues to be instrumental in helping businesses accelerate digital strategies. Many organisations realize cloud is a critical component within their overall technology portfolio.
It’s the cloud’s inherent properties, such as elasticity, scalability, and high availability, that have made it so attractive for businesses. Organisations looking to bolster their resiliency find the high availability of the cloud very beneficial, as well as the ability to create backup and disaster recovery solutions in simpler and lower-cost ways than is possible on-premises.
In the early days of cloud computing, business leaders may have worried about the security of cloud resources. Today, however, Microsoft Azure offers a path that enables organisations to provide greater protection across both cloud and on-premises environments through robust security and threat detection services.
Resiliency and security are just two of the benefits that cloud brings. There are others, too, from sustainability to accelerated time to market to modernisation and innovation—many more than we have space to cover here.
As one of the earliest adopters of Cloud technologies in Ireland, and Microsoft’s Azure Data Platform Partner of the Year 2017, Spanish Point has the experience and expertise to manage your move to the Cloud.
Getting started with cloud is all about migration and modernisation. The two approaches are closely interrelated: migrations provide the foundation for elastic, scalable, and secure infrastructure, while modernisation utilizes that foundation to innovate legacy applications to be more agile or offer richer user experiences. The big question for many organisations is, “Where do we start?”
One of the noteworthy advantages of Azure is that it allows you to move to the cloud and execute your migration and modernisation initiatives at the pace that makes sense for your business. Azure solutions for hybrid estates enable IT teams to manage mixed estates of on-premises and cloud resources more easily, applying consistent management and governance controls across both. That flexibility permits you to maintain some resources on-premises, even as you move other resources to the cloud, without extra complexity.
Simplifying the management of diverse IT environments is more important than ever in today’s digital world. A recent Flexera “State of the Cloud Report” notes that 82 percent of enterprises today have a hybrid cloud strategy and 92 percent have multicloud strategies. Azure was built to support the need for flexibility so you can have the agility and innovation of the cloud in your on-premises environments for a holistic, seamless, and secure approach that’s consistent across on-premises and cloud resources.
Once in the cloud, you’ll be able to take advantage of numerous opportunities to increase the value of your initial investment. Just as application modernisation can follow (or integrate with) your earliest migration, there are other ways to use the cloud to advance your digital goals.
For example, you might build on your new cloud infrastructure to modernise your data estate. Azure’s data and analytics services help you unify data from multiple sources so that you can get richer and more actionable business insights from your data.
The benefits of using data as a strategic asset are significant. A 2020 Harvard Business Review study found that organisations that embrace data to drive digital transformation experience:
You can also choose to explore a number of other opportunities, such as:
Cloud-enabled digital transformation is happening across industries worldwide. Many organisations are already using cloud to address their most pressing business challenges. Let’s look at a small sample to see what’s possible.
In Retail, evolving buyer behaviours are prompting retailers to focus on better understanding their customers to serve their needs more effectively, and ultimately, reshape and reimagine the retail experience. At the same time, cloud can help to bring much needed resilience to retail supply chains, enabling more robust operations.
Within Manufacturing, cloud is also helping companies become more agile, innovative, and competitive to attract and retain both customers and the next generation of workers.
Cloud is helping Financial Services companies protect against growing threats like cyber and financial crime while increasing agility through modernisation of aging financial systems.
And in the Healthcare industry, cloud has allowed health organisations to accelerate digitisation to support the rise in virtual healthcare, enabling both patients and providers to interact virtually and access vital data while securing sensitive information.
Spanish Point offers comprehensive resources and guidance to make planning and executing your cloud migration and modernisation strategy easier. Talk to us about your cloud vision and let us help you get started.