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People, Processes and Technology: The Perfect Combination for Successful Cloud Implementations

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat | May 19, 2014
From being a buzz word, Cloud Computing has transitioned to become a critical and strategic component for businesses across sectors.


At the core of most enterprise IT organizations is a rigid, process-laden approach to platform delivery, which exacerbates enterprise architecture difficulties. With the introduction of cloud, which can greatly simplify an infrastructure, organizations must lay the foundation for proper governance and processes, or the web of infrastructure becomes even more complex and unmanageable.

To meet customer demands, a more agile, collaborative, and iterative process for systems management is necessary. However, many organizations employ a classic waterfall model to systems procurement, a methodology that has consistently been shown to be extremely inflexible to meet changing business needs and often lead to delays in product delivery. While stringent processes may be required, especially in regard to security, using a cloud model to automate platform delivery can greatly enhance an organization's capabilities to deliver both faster and more consistently. By focusing on optimizing process early in a cloud implementation, an organization can ensure that its cloud maximizes the organization's potential.


There are many technology options when it comes to cloud implementation. The right solution is dependent upon your goals and challenges. Ideally, organizations must use secure, open source products to build their cloud solution. Additionally, specific technologies allow organizations to manage a variety of hybrid cloud infrastructures. This in turn allows organizations to quickly mobilize and scale across multiple cloud deployments as business needs increase.

Shaping your cloud strategy and implementation

Moving to the cloud involves new technologies, new service and deployment models, and new IT skill-sets and processes.

Organizations that begin a journey towards adopting cloud, without a clear understanding of the destination, are typically left with disappointing results.

Therefore, one needs to take into consideration various factors while defining a clear cloud strategy. This includes the expected impact of cloud on the business, applications that could be moved to cloud, how to maintain security and policy compliance in the cloud and choosing the best suited cloud deployment model. 



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