Why Do You Need A Cloud Operating Model?
Moving to the cloud is a huge opportunity to change your entire business. However, in order to realise the benefits of cloud transformation, your operating model will also need to change. Here are some reasons why...
Adopting cloud opens up a brand new world of possibilities and benefits for your business to explore. However, it also adds brand new levels of complexity and an increased rate of change - and traditional ways of working just can’t keep up!
This is where a Cloud Operating model comes in, providing you with a roadmap that will help you accelerate and automate your transformation into an agile, innovation and customer-focused organization.
Life in the cloud presents a very different set of challenges to those faced in your traditional data centre environment. These are some of the challenges and gaps that a Cloud Operating Model can help you address:
Ensure you have the right skills
Moving to the cloud requires an understanding of operations and security in the cloud. It also gives you access to machine learning and AI tools. Does your current workforce have the skills necessary to operate in and exploit the new, agile paradigm that cloud introduces? Your operating model will help you address this question with plans to upskill and reskill your people and help you identify areas where you may need to recruit externally.
Build a Cloud Culture
If your cloud adoption goals are to be more innovative, quicker-to-market and customer-centric then you need to drive a culture that supports this. Organizations need to manage the cultural shift in legacy thinking towards a more agile approach of working with the cloud and a cloud operating model should support this.
Understand Impact Outside IT
The impact of cloud transformation ripples outwards (The Ripple Effect) affecting functions outside of IT. Your cloud operating model will help you identify and map how cloud transformation has a profound effect on the likes of Finance, HR and Procurement.
Completely revisit security & governance
The cloud introduces new security and governance requirements and capabilities, which need to be addressed to establish controls and minimize risks. Your cloud operating model will cover what you need to adapt and maintaining to realise Cloud best practices.
Understand cloud procurement
When you move to the Cloud, you leave behind the predictable, but often expensive, fixed costs of a CapEx cycle; where you invest, maintain, and upgrade hardware. You find yourself in the flexible, scalable world of an OpEx model. In your cloud operating model, finance and business models need to be adjusted to manage costs and access the benefits of a consumption-based model (Find out more about best practices in cloud cost management).
A Cloud Operating Model represents how an IT organization operates to execute its cloud strategy and deliver value to customers. It provides the building blocks across People, Process and Technology, enabling you to elevate your culture and continuously assess and evolve your critical cloud capabilities as you mature.