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Gen-i's Pathway to Cloud approach - Leanne Buer


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Gen-i's Head of Cloud Infrastructure Leanne Buer talks about the advantages of the Pathway to Cloud process which provides clients with a step by step approach to planning their cloud implementation to ensure they get the business outcomes they are looking for.

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Recorded at the IDC Cloud for Business Conference held in Auckland on Tuesday, 22 March 2011.

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Gen-i's Pathway to Cloud approach - Leanne Buer

  1. 2. Achieving the outcomes you want is all about understandingwhen cloud is right for YOU
  2. 3. What are the drivers in my business? What is the end user experience? What services should we outsource? Who are the trusted providers?
  3. 4. <ul><li>On-demand capacity and elasticity </li></ul><ul><li>Matching payment to value creation “pay as you go” model </li></ul><ul><li>Transition from Capex to Opex </li></ul><ul><li>More responsive infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Faster deployment times </li></ul><ul><li>More resilient infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce TCO of lifecycle ownership costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce power and cooling requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Release resources when no longer needed (e.g. Servers, DC floor space) </li></ul><ul><li>Increased automation </li></ul><ul><li>Free up capital for new innovations </li></ul>
  4. 5. The impact of cloud on your business can be widespread <ul><li>Consider the impact on people’s roles and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>What end user experience do you have now, and what are you aiming to provide? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal vs organisational accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Governance in your organisation: decision making outside the IT department? </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity for users </li></ul><ul><li>Risks - Business </li></ul><ul><li>- Financial </li></ul>
  5. 6. From here to there: an end user perspective Focus Areas Performance <ul><li>Inconsistent Infrastructure Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Lag time to deploy increased capacity impacts project deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Client invoicing takes 6 days </li></ul><ul><li>Months to integrate new business acquisitions </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent and reliable infrastructure performance </li></ul><ul><li>Invoicing with new cloud application takes 1 day rather than 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Projects are up and running faster and deliverables met earlier than forecast. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of new acquisitions achieved in weeks </li></ul>Processes <ul><li>Ad hoc IT provisioning and build processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly manual processes in place dependent on human interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>No service levels </li></ul><ul><li>Templates have resulted in faster response time to business units for services. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced opex cost because processes are now automated or outsourced, with SLA’s </li></ul>People <ul><li>User experience varies from site to site and application to application </li></ul><ul><li>IT is not enabling them in their day to day activities </li></ul><ul><li>Predictable performance </li></ul><ul><li>Remote working has enabled the business to introduce more flexible working arrangements when required </li></ul>Risk <ul><li>Multiple points of failure </li></ul><ul><li>High degree of control over existing ICT infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Not able to scale as required in short space of time </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of flexibility to respond to businesses computing needs </li></ul><ul><li>Risks shifted from traditional age of infrastructure issues to up to date enterprise cloud platforms </li></ul><ul><li>More flex and scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Less control </li></ul>From To
  6. 7. To achieve the results you are looking for you need to take a step by step approach and regularly review the process and outcomes Keep sight of the destination by having a clear pathway <ul><li>Gather information about your current ICT environment including: </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Devices & user profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic locations </li></ul>1. Explore <ul><li>Understand your desired outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Including: </li></ul><ul><li>Business outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>ICT outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Business readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure readiness </li></ul>2. Expand Develop a clear plan of your new ICT environment and the steps to the Cloud that achieve your business outcomes 3. Envision Manage the delivery and optimise to achieve your ICT outcomes 4. Enable