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Digital transformation through the cloud

TC Seow | March 21, 2016
Going to the cloud is a given. The real test is how and who you should work with to achieve your goals in your digital transformation journey.

There is no question that we're on the cusp of rapid IT evolution. "Ordered today - delivered today," fast, around-the-clock customer and IT service, total transparency via social media - the business world is currently undergoing a radical, deep-rooted change and a fundamental digital transformation. Cloud solutions, embedded in the corporate and IT strategy and comprising part of the security concept, are quickly becoming the future of corporate IT.

Looking beyond cost-effectiveness, businesses are increasingly opting for cloud solutions for more flexible and agile IT. In an exclusive Executive Lunch, delegates from leading organisations in Singapore gathered at the table to hear from T-Systems and to discuss how best to approach the cloud revolution.

The Executive Lunch session started off with Andreas Truls, Head of ITO GCU Americas & APAC from T-Systems, giving an overview of T-Systems' presence in Singapore and the region, particularly, the further investments the organisation has committed to the region to set up advanced data centre infrastructure to cater to the growing needs of its customers. He also talked about how customers have decided on joining the burgeoning T-Systems ecosystems, based on the ease of use of tools, extensive feature sets available for a wide-range of enterprise-class applications, and the robust support structure it has put in place for the region.

In the past few years, cloud has grown from a "nice to know" piece of computing technology to one that virtually any organisation could ill afford not to tap on. The bone of contention was security, since corporate users and owners themselves could not fathom the principles behind cloud services and data distribution, and the legality involved in how information should be stored and retrieved, given the pervasive data availability offered by cloud computing. That has now become a much clearer picture, said Truls, who added that tightly coupled security features can now be available "out of the box," with security certificates that ensure data privacy and integrity. In fact, T-Systems' customers have been taking advantage of such benefits from day one, said Truls, thereby eliminating the need for additional software and hardware tools to prevent data theft and leakage.

Truls added that cloud-based provisioning models enable quick and simple proof-of-concept (POC) testing. This allows organisations to gain hands-on experience at low risk - offering insights that lead to right strategy formulating and decision-making. In addition, when used for production environments, cloud infrastructures deliver scalability and affordable cost, without the need for up-front capital expenditure.

Truls also cautioned the audience that working with cloud providers should go beyond just looking at the obvious selling points. A big part of a successful partnership - he was referring to the long-term working relationship between a cloud provider and its customer - would be the ability of the provider to build and test models and framework through POC to smoothen out issues that might arise before embarking on a full-scale deployment.


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