With 85% of organisations in Asia Pacific still in the early stages of cloud maturity, many have yet to unlock the real business value of cloud computing. Beyond availability of computing power or data storage, the real advantage of the cloud lies in being able to build and integrate new systems across business operations and its existing infrastructure to drive better informed decision-making, operational efficiencies and innovation.

What is cloud-native?

Cloud-native describes applications created and deployed using a cloud computing delivery model. Applications are built as microservices packaged in containers, deployed and managed on elastic infrastructure through agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery workflows.

Going cloud-native makes it easier for organizations to scale applications and increase productivity and quality by automating processes, delivering continuous deployment and enabling external collaborations. Businesses benefit from greater agility, resilience and portability across different cloud environments. Be it a financial services firm aiming to unify software development for multi-located teams or an oil & gas services company tapping valuable but currently unused data in legacy applications, there are multiple scenarios that could benefit from a cloud-native approach

Common challenges enterprises face in kickstarting their cloud-native journey

While the benefits are clear, businesses face common roadblocks.

Defining where to begin

Teams and organisations often struggle to define how and where to start. Over 65% of IT leaders say that a lack of skills is holding back strategies. The knowledge gap is costly – on average companies overrun both timelines and budgets by 60% when IT project scoping hasn’t been done right.

Bridging legacy infrastructure

Project scoping gets more complicated when enterprises have to factor in legacy infrastructure and systems disconnected from each other. Monolithic applications need to be bridged and new applications built out. We have seen the complexity of evaluating and evolving from existing systems result in clients getting stuck in analysis-paralysis and paying a severe time premium.

Identifying the appropriate tools

Next comes the challenge of identifying the correct tools, technologies and resources required. Enterprise or open-source? End-to-end or specialized tools? Beyond choosing a product or solution, there will be a need to map out a complete approach and accompanying roadmap. IT teams run through long evaluation cycles but purchase expensive products that they eventually don’t use at all because the products do not actually fit into the overall development roadmap or the skills required to fully utilize the product cannot be found within the organization.

Execution is the key to success

Beyond strategy, tools and technology, the biggest challenge for enterprises when it comes to becoming cloud-native, has been getting teams to transition to new ways of working, whether it be agile methodologies or DevOps practices. Organizational silos often stonewall transformation with competing agendas and bureaucratic challenges.

That is why we created Biqmind Discovery Workshops, a short, focused and cost-effective way for your teams to understand their current state-of-play and where they want to be. It is a neutral forum to talk about challenges, craft use cases and agree on a clear plan of action to move forward. Working with our expert facilitators across key cloud-native domains, stakeholders are introduced to modern ways of working and can in a short build a clear path of action within a structured period of time.

If you are looking to bridge the knowledge gap in your companies, register your interest for our Discovery Workshops and get more information on how to accelerate your company’s cloud-native and transformation journey.\n\nDiscovery Workshops will help you with

  • Defining a practical use case for cloud-native technology in your business
  • Scoping out a customised cloud-native approach
  • Identifying the skills gaps in your organization
  • Determining the technology you business actually needs

References: Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2018 The Impact of Business Requirements on the Success of Technology Projects from IAG Consulting

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