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  Achieve  Economic  Synergies  by  
Managing  Your  Enterprise  Assets  
In  The  Cloud  
By Orblogic, March 3, 2014
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER
  
CLOUD  SOLUTIONS  ARE  PRACTICAL  AND  EASY  TO  IMPLEMENT      
Time  to  market  and  rapid  response  to  market  demands  are  now  utmost  priorities  
for  any  size  organization.  When  compared  to  conventional  internal  
infrastructure,  Cloud-­‐‑based  solutions  meet  this  requirement  better  than  ever.  
Cloud-­‐‑based  solutions  are  easy  to  implement,  more  cost  efficient,  and  robust  
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enough  to  meet  enterprise  demands  such  as  auto-­‐‑scalability,  disaster  recovery,  
and  fail-­‐‑over.  
SOME  ORGANIZATIONAL  CHANGE  MAY  BE  NEEDED  TO  GET  STARTED  
Your  organization  may  require  some  cultural  change  in  order  to  embrace  Cloud  
services  as  part  of  the  overall  enterprise  architecture  and  portfolio.  Cloud  
benefits  have  to  be  communicated  well  from  the  top  down.  Both  technical  and  
non-­‐‑technical  training  about  Cloud  offerings  can  help  facilitate  better  awareness  
about  Cloud  services  at  the  enterprise.  
  
A  HYBRID  OF  INFRASTRUCTURE  SERVICES    
A  dynamic  infrastructure  portfolio  might  feature  mix  of  on-­‐‑premises  and  Cloud  
services.  This  hybrid  infrastructure  can  help  drive  economy  of  scale  and  promote  
business  agility.    
Why Cloud?
Cloud  implementations  are  already  becoming  popular  enterprise  solutions.  Many  businesses  
have  found  they  need  a  concise,  comprehensive  technology  portfolio  strategy.  Until  recently,  
most  enterprises  adopted  Cloud  as  needed,  on  an  ad  hoc  basis.  Now,  many  of  these  initiatives  
are  driven  by  developers  contracted  to  meet  business  deadlines  that  internal  IT  teams  may  not  
have  the  capacity  to  deliver.  Bottom  line?  Cloud  solutions  can  begin  performing  an  integral  role  
in  your  technology  mix  starting  now.  
  
Cloud Services Serve As New,
Flexible Resources for IT Teams
Cloud  solution  innovations  help  improve  the  overall  response  organizations  can  deliver.  Now,  
the  demand  for  scalability  and  availability  can  be  fulfilled  dynamically  as  the  user  base  
increases.  Responsiveness  can  be  faster,  enabling  companies  to  better  meet  time-­‐‑to-­‐‑market  and  
business  demands.  Because  Cloud  platforms  are  highly  dependable,  applications  and  security  
can  be  quite  reliable.  This  enables  a  business  to  focus  on  innovation  and  progress  instead  of  
dealing  with  IT  infrastructure  issues.  
IT  executives  who  have  adopted  Cloud  as  a  part  of  their  IT  initiatives  have  been  positioned  to  
respond  more  effectively  to  business  requirements.  Many  organizations  that  have  adopted  
Cloud  Services  have  selected  SaaS  or  PaaS  Cloud  offerings.  
To  help  make  Cloud  solutions  affordable,  vendors  offer  Cloud  services  that  are  designed  to  
address  a  wide  range  of  business  requirements  in  a  cost-­‐‑efficient  way.  A  well-­‐‑planned  Cloud  
strategy  can  help  address  many  tactical  business  objectives.  
Strategic Goals
Quantify the Business Value of Cloud Services for Your Enterprise
The  primary  role  of  Cloud  should  be  to  speed  up  responsiveness  to  business  changes  or  
requirements  —  separately  from  existing,  on  premise  solutions.  The  business  value  can  be  
quantified  in  terms  of  revenue  growth,  customer  response,  user  base  increases,  and  lifetime  
customer  value.  
  
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Update the Enterprise IT Portfolio to Accommodate Cloud Offerings
Cloud  offerings  may  be  very  well-­‐‑suited  to  your  enterprise  IT  portfolio.  That  doesn’t  mean  
existing  IT  implementations  must  be  replaced  by  the  Cloud  platform.  Consider  similar  IT  
industry  changes  you’ve  experienced.  Enterprises  that  can  adapt  to  technological  change  are  
better  positioned  to  meet  IT  needs  over  time.  When  Web  technologies  were  introduced  in  the  
90s,  enterprises  made  them  part  of  their  IT  portfolio.  Cloud  services  are  yet  another  evolution.    
Prepare the Enterprise for Change
Strategic  IT  portfolio  changes  may  be  required.  You  may  need  to  update  IT  infrastructure  
delivery  services,  IT  operations,  and  management  processes.  Your  business  may  leverage  
consulting  services  rather  following  a  rigid  in-­‐‑house  build  process.  This  will  create  an  
environment  of  openness  —  with  more  options.  There  can  be  a  more  collaborative  relationship  
built  out  to  all  tiers  of  your  organization.  Your  change  strategy  should  clearly  define  the  top  
priorities.  It  can  be  critical  to  implement  first,  and  then  monitor  the  way  broader  changes  are  
handled  thereafter  to  help  reduce  change-­‐‑related  chaos.  
Change  can  be  difficult  to  adopt  and  risky  to  implement.  But  results  from  adoption  of  Cloud  
services  can  transform  your  enterprise  to  better  respond  to  business  demands.  
  
  
  
Cloud Provides Business
Flexibility
Cloud  technology  has  proven  its  business  value  through  implementations  at  many  enterprises.  
It  has  also  been  accepted  as  new  way  of  managing  business  and  infrastructure  needs  according  
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to  business  requirements.  Often  at  enterprises,  some  role  players  can  be  against  change  at  first.  
Establishing  a  Cloud  Strategy  at  the  program  level  of  your  enterprise  can  raise  awareness  and  
help  crystalize  the  potential  benefits.    
Key  target  audiences  include:    
Business Stakeholders
Many  enterprises  rely  on  packaged  applications  to  facilitate  business  processes  and  fulfill  
operational  business  requirements.  There  needs  to  be  a  good  understanding  among  business  
stakeholders  that  the  business  will  utilize  Software-­‐‑as-­‐‑a-­‐‑Service  packages  such  as  Enterprise  
Asset  Management  and/or  Workforce  Management  (Human  Capital  Management).  Cloud-­‐‑
based  business  applications  are  rapidly  and  widely  adopted  by  enterprises.  The  trend  is  
growing  fast.  
Orblogic  provides  its  full  suite  of  products  via  public  Cloud  (Amazon).    
Cloud-­‐‑based  applications  can  help  improve  business  availability,  continuity,  and  performance.  
Because  business  executives  must  be  concerned  with  financial  resources,  the  pay-­‐‑for-­‐‑use  model  
can  be  an  attractive  option.  Budget  constraints  can  also  serve  as  a  driving  force  toward  
convincing  business  decision  makers  to  seriously  consider  Cloud  solutions.  
With  the  SaaS  model,  business  does  not  depend  on  IT  Services  for  new  deployments.  It’s  the  
vendor’s  responsibility  to  fix  bugs  and  provide  upgrades.  This  helps  cut  cycles  short  and  serves  
to  meet  business  demands.  
Application Development and Management Stakeholders
Many  businesses  also  rely  on  development  and  application  stakeholders  to  manage  servers,  
applications,  libraries,  API,  and  application  management  tools.  Cloud  technology  offers  a  
complete  custom  build  platform  for  deployments  —  very  similar  to  your  on-­‐‑premise  
infrastructure.  In  fact,  most  Cloud  providers  offer  the  virtual  equivalent  to  your  on-­‐‑premise  
platform,  including  servers  and  automatic  deployment  services.  
Orblogic  application  packages  can  be  deployed  at  the  enterprise  in  customized  Cloud  platforms  
selected  by  application  development  and  deployment  teams  irrespective  of  the  Cloud  service  
provider.      
Many  enterprises  already  use  a  kind  of  in-­‐‑house  Cloud  platform  called  Infrastructure  as  a  
Service  (IaaS).  This  platform  is  based  on  virtualized  servers,  storage,  network  services  and  
automated  deployment  tools.  The  main  purpose  of  these  kinds  of  Cloud  services  is  to  expedite  
application  deployments  and  updates  for  existing  services.  There  are  two  benefits  to  these  
platforms.  First,  Cloud  platforms  help  decrease  time  spent  on  hardware,  software,  and  storage  
procurement.  Developers  can  provision  the  instances  for  rapid  development  and  deployment  
through  the  Cloud.  Second,  infrastructure  services  are  not  dependent  on  humans  to  configure  
databases  or  application  servers.  
  
Target  Stakeholders  with  Cloud  Delivery  Architectures  
Available Cloud Architectures
Public Cloud
Most  Cloud  offerings  are  available  through  public  portals  such  as  Amazon  Web  Service  (AWS)  
Cloud,  Google,  Oracle,  Microsoft,  or  IBM.  Public  Cloud  offerings  are  easy  to  get  and  quick  to  
implement.  This  strategy  can  be  both  cost-­‐‑  and  time-­‐‑efficient.  All  Orblogic  products  are  
available  through  AWS  Cloud  for  quick  and  cost  efficient  deployments.  Easy  access  to  the  
products  helps  you  save  time  and  money  —  and  also  enables  you  to  respond  faster  to  market  
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demands.  It’s  an  outsourcing  strategy  much  like  your  Website  hosting  or  using  a  third-­‐‑party  to  
host  your  data  center.  Using  a  public  Cloud  provider  can  help  you  achieve  economic  synergies  
with  infrastructure  expandability  and  application  availability.  If  you  do  choose  public  Cloud  
services,  your  business  may  need  to  factor  the  implications  of  compliance  and  security.  
Hybrid Cloud
A  business  can  use  a  hybrid  Cloud  implementation  where  in-­‐‑house  applications  are  integrated  
with  Cloud-­‐‑based  SaaS  applications.  There  may  always  be  a  desire  to  integrate  internally  
managed  applications  with  public  Cloud  deployments.  For  example,  Amazon  VPC  service  can  
facilitate  connectivity  between  an  enterprise  and  Amazon  Cloud  Services.  Hybrid  Cloud  is  a  
combination  of  public  Cloud  with  intra-­‐‑enterprise  deployments  to  fulfill  the  business  need.  
Most  Cloud  vendors  provide  tested  hybrid  Cloud  integration  patterns.  
Private Cloud
An  intra-­‐‑enterprise  Cloud  is  a  good  example  of  a  private  Cloud.  Most  of  enterprises  use  this  to  
help  mitigate  security  and  compliance  concerns.  An  on-­‐‑premise  Cloud  can  help  provide  the  
same  kind  of  services  as  a  public  Cloud,  but  with  limitations  to  meet  enterprise  demands.  
Patterns  are  created  to  provide  the  applications  and  infrastructure  to  meet  low  to  medium  to  
high  load  business  demands.  A  private  Cloud  can  offer  the  most  secure  applications  for  an  
enterprise.  
Most  enterprises  find  it  difficult  to  develop  a  private  in-­‐‑house  Cloud.  It  can  be  much  easier  to  
use  virtual  servers,  storage,  and  networks  when  compared  to  creating  Cloud  architecture  with  
multi-­‐‑user  environments,  automated  scripts,  and  monitoring/management  services.    
There  are  also  financial  and  technical  challenges  to  building  a  private  Cloud.  You  must  develop  
enterprise-­‐‑level  expertise  to  manage  an  in-­‐‑house  Cloud.      
Cloud Solutions Can Be a
Practical Approach for Enterprises
An  enterprise  may  need  out-­‐‑of-­‐‑the-­‐‑box  IT  infrastructure  to  meet  immediate  business  
requirements.  After  the  invention  of  Cloud  this  problem  is  certainly  solved  –  most  public  Cloud  
offerings  fulfill  this  need  with  handful  of  services.  For  example,  Amazon  Cloud  offers  storage  
(S3),  load  balancer  (Route  53),  databases  (RDS)  and  many  forms  of  Amazon  Machine  Images  
(AMI).  These  services  can  be  created  in  a  matter  of  minutes  based  on  requirements  —  and  can  
be  delivered  to  development  and  deployment  teams.  This  was  a  developer’s  dream  before  
Cloud  technologies  existed.  
Though  these  benefits  are  there,  enterprises  still  face  security  and  in-­‐‑house  training  challenges.  
Cloud  vendors  worked  hard  to  overcome  these  hurdles.  Better  support  can  be  achieved  through  
the  following:  
Provide Better Security
Cloud  vendors  implemented  their  installations  in  high  quality  data  centers  to  help  meet  the  vast  
majority  of  availability  requirements.  Because  Cloud  vendor  security  is  more  granular  that  
enterprise  perimeter  security,  vendors  have  implemented  per-­‐‑application,  per-­‐‑implementation  
and/or  per-­‐‑infrastructure  resource  component  security  controls  that  are  far  better  than  in-­‐‑house  
enterprise  security  implementations.  Most  Cloud  vendors  are  compliant  with  security  
standards  that  include  SSAE-­‐‑16  audits,  ISO  20001,  27001  operational  certifications,  and  
requirements  enforced  by  US  government’s  new  Federal  Information  Security  Management  Act  
(FISMA).  
Improved Reliability and Availability
Most  Cloud  vendors  have  exceptionally  improved  reliability  and  availability.  Now,  there  is  
much  less  concern  over  outages.  This  reinforces  a  customer  confidence  that  Cloud  vendors  can  
fulfill  customer’s  reliability  and  availability  needs.  
No More Vendor Lock-In
As  in  the  early  days  of  any  technological  innovation,  some  vendors  have  tried  to  lock-­‐‑in  the  
customers.  Many  Cloud  vendors  did  the  same  thing,  but  this  is  changing  quickly  for  number  of  
different  reasons.  First,  products  based  on  open  source  standards  are  readily  available.  Products  
such  as  OpenStack  and  OpenShift  help  insulate  customers  from  vendor  lock-­‐‑in.  Many  different  
applications  running  on  different  Cloud  providers  can  be  integrated  using  XML  integration  
standards.  For  example,  Representational  State  Transfer  (REST)  communication  protocol  for  
integration  of  applications  hosting  on  different  Cloud  providers.  
Private Cloud is Becoming Popular
Cloud  vendors  now  offer  private  Cloud  solutions  to  their  customers  through  Amazon,  IBM,  and  
Oracle.  
Your  business  can  now  choose  Cloud  vendors  after  analyzing  Cloud  reliability,  availability,  and  
other  services.  Enterprise  strategy  should  clearly  prioritize  organization’s  requirements  to  select  
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Enterprise Cloud Strategy
Create  a  plan  to  transition  toward  Cloud  computing  services  as  a  strategic  option.  It  can  start  
with  smaller  implementation  experiences  and  progress  toward  larger  implementations.  This  can  
help  draw  a  bigger  adoption  of  Cloud  services  for  an  in-­‐‑house  service  provider.  It  is  essential  to  
adopt  a  comprehensive  Cloud  strategy  that  spans  many  years.    
Cloud Business Strategy
Your  business  strategy  should  identify  the  business  goals  to  address  with  your  business  
investments.  A  synergistic  Cloud  computing  plan  can  help  accomplish  these  milestones.  The  
best  approach  to  accomplish  this  is  to  focus  on  the  business  needs  that  can  help  streamline  
business  processes  and  help  generate  increased  revenue.  Your  plan  should  help  business  
stakeholders  better  understand  how  Cloud  investments  will  save  money  and  effectively  meet  
business  demands.  
Amazon  conducted  an  analysis  that  depicts  the  ROI  difference  using  on-­‐‑premise  versus  Cloud  
Infrastructure:  
  
  
  
Cloud Technology Strategy
Your  strategy  should  list  the  Cloud  technologies  needed  and  suggest  providers  that  can  best  
address  those  needs.  This  way,  technology  is  used  to  help  power  the  business  to  meet  goals  
more  efficiently.  
It  is  essential  to  have  Cloud  Technology  Reference  Architecture  in  place  at  the  enterprise  level.  
That  should  be  clearly  communicated  with  IT  and  business  stakeholders  in  the  enterprise.  A  
business  and  IT  capability  synergy  map  can  provide  effective  language  for  IT  and  business  
stakeholders.  If  the  strategy  addresses  both  business  and  IT  problems  and  how  effectively  
resolve  them,  it  is  better  positioned  to  succeed.  IT  strategy  must  empower  business,  so  the  
business  can  maximize  success  at  each  turn.  
Create  a  road  map  for  Cloud  implementation  according  to  a  business  impact  analysis.  It  should  
include  milestones  and  list  business  goals.    
Cloud Strategy Execution
Once  the  strategy  is  in  place,  start  prioritizing  which  business  capabilities  should  be  addressed  
first.  Most  enterprises  begin  by  choosing  one  business  capability  to  move  into  the  Cloud  —  such  
as  Enterprise  Asset  Management  or  CRM.  Other  businesses  may  launch  one  big  initiative,  
moving  many  capabilities  in  one  big  cluster.  Either  approach  may  work  as  long  as  the  execution  
plan  is  well  thought  out.  
Develop In-House Cloud Expertise
Without  in-­‐‑house  Cloud  skills,  Cloud  adoption  may  be  more  difficult.  Cloud  technology  can  be  
a  cultural  transition  requiring  new  skills  and  talent.  It  may  include  IT  leadership,  IT  architects,  
Managers,  Developers,  Security  professionals,  Operations  department  and  financial  specialists.  
Security  and  compliance  department  personnel  must  be  involved  in  Cloud  initiatives  to  help  
guide  stakeholder  through  related  risks.  Security  experts  must  help  ensure  that  a  Cloud  vendor  
meets  enterprise  security  and  compliance  requirements.  The  first  implementation  can  be  done  
by  a  few  in-­‐‑house  experts  along  with  Cloud  provider  consultants.  For  example,  Amazon  has  
partner  network  program  to  help  assist  Cloud  implementations.  To  future-­‐‑proof  the  enterprise  
with  Cloud  computing  –  it  is  helpful  to  onboard  new  sources  with  Cloud  expertise  and  train  
existing  personnel.     
Change Your Execution Process
Conventional  strategy  execution  may  be  inadequate  for  managing  and  governing  Cloud  
implementations.  Most  Cloud  implementations  have  to  move  faster  than  traditional  IT  policies  
and  procedures  typically  allow.    
12   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.  
  
Cloud  resources  offer  a  pay-­‐‑as-­‐‑you-­‐‑go  advantage,  so  budgeting  and  procurement  processes  
may  need  to  be  changed.    
Cloud Strategy Optimization
No  matter  how  well-­‐‑planned,  expect  there  to  be  a  learning  curve.  There  will  be  missteps  and  
successes  along  the  way  to  learn  from.  Cloud  adoption  can  be  a  long  process  —  enterprise  
adoption  of  Cloud  can  unfold  over  many  years.  This  program  requires  the  following:  
Strategy Impact on Business Outcomes
Measure  how  Cloud  strategy  will  impact  business  outcomes.  What  will  be  the  return  on  
investments  with  Cloud  solutions  at  enterprise?  Use  an  ROI  calculator  to  help  quantify  your  
projected  assumptions.  The  key  is  to  focus  on  business  success  rather  than  just  the  IT  
investment.  
Reporting and Benchmarking of Solutions In-the-Cloud
Collect  complete  business  performance  reports.  Evaluating  real  results  can  be  a  strong  tool  used  
to  support  and  adapt  your  Cloud  strategy.  
Realize Cloud Strategy
Cloud  strategy  can’t  be  realized  in  few  successful  initiatives  in  limited  time.  It  has  long  term  
effects  that  may  span  to  multi-­‐‑year  engagements.  It’s  not  only  the  introduction  of  Cloud  
technology,  but  the  transformation  of  how  enterprise  IT,  key  personnel,  and  the  business  
perform.  
  
  

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Achieve Economic Synergies by Managing Your Enterprise Assets In The Cloud

  • 1.      Achieve  Economic  Synergies  by   Managing  Your  Enterprise  Assets   In  The  Cloud   By Orblogic, March 3, 2014 KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER   CLOUD  SOLUTIONS  ARE  PRACTICAL  AND  EASY  TO  IMPLEMENT       Time  to  market  and  rapid  response  to  market  demands  are  now  utmost  priorities   for  any  size  organization.  When  compared  to  conventional  internal   infrastructure,  Cloud-­‐‑based  solutions  meet  this  requirement  better  than  ever.   Cloud-­‐‑based  solutions  are  easy  to  implement,  more  cost  efficient,  and  robust  
  • 2. 2   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.     enough  to  meet  enterprise  demands  such  as  auto-­‐‑scalability,  disaster  recovery,   and  fail-­‐‑over.   SOME  ORGANIZATIONAL  CHANGE  MAY  BE  NEEDED  TO  GET  STARTED   Your  organization  may  require  some  cultural  change  in  order  to  embrace  Cloud   services  as  part  of  the  overall  enterprise  architecture  and  portfolio.  Cloud   benefits  have  to  be  communicated  well  from  the  top  down.  Both  technical  and   non-­‐‑technical  training  about  Cloud  offerings  can  help  facilitate  better  awareness   about  Cloud  services  at  the  enterprise.     A  HYBRID  OF  INFRASTRUCTURE  SERVICES     A  dynamic  infrastructure  portfolio  might  feature  mix  of  on-­‐‑premises  and  Cloud   services.  This  hybrid  infrastructure  can  help  drive  economy  of  scale  and  promote   business  agility.     Why Cloud? Cloud  implementations  are  already  becoming  popular  enterprise  solutions.  Many  businesses   have  found  they  need  a  concise,  comprehensive  technology  portfolio  strategy.  Until  recently,   most  enterprises  adopted  Cloud  as  needed,  on  an  ad  hoc  basis.  Now,  many  of  these  initiatives   are  driven  by  developers  contracted  to  meet  business  deadlines  that  internal  IT  teams  may  not   have  the  capacity  to  deliver.  Bottom  line?  Cloud  solutions  can  begin  performing  an  integral  role   in  your  technology  mix  starting  now.     Cloud Services Serve As New, Flexible Resources for IT Teams
  • 3. Cloud  solution  innovations  help  improve  the  overall  response  organizations  can  deliver.  Now,   the  demand  for  scalability  and  availability  can  be  fulfilled  dynamically  as  the  user  base   increases.  Responsiveness  can  be  faster,  enabling  companies  to  better  meet  time-­‐‑to-­‐‑market  and   business  demands.  Because  Cloud  platforms  are  highly  dependable,  applications  and  security   can  be  quite  reliable.  This  enables  a  business  to  focus  on  innovation  and  progress  instead  of   dealing  with  IT  infrastructure  issues.   IT  executives  who  have  adopted  Cloud  as  a  part  of  their  IT  initiatives  have  been  positioned  to   respond  more  effectively  to  business  requirements.  Many  organizations  that  have  adopted   Cloud  Services  have  selected  SaaS  or  PaaS  Cloud  offerings.   To  help  make  Cloud  solutions  affordable,  vendors  offer  Cloud  services  that  are  designed  to   address  a  wide  range  of  business  requirements  in  a  cost-­‐‑efficient  way.  A  well-­‐‑planned  Cloud   strategy  can  help  address  many  tactical  business  objectives.   Strategic Goals Quantify the Business Value of Cloud Services for Your Enterprise The  primary  role  of  Cloud  should  be  to  speed  up  responsiveness  to  business  changes  or   requirements  —  separately  from  existing,  on  premise  solutions.  The  business  value  can  be   quantified  in  terms  of  revenue  growth,  customer  response,  user  base  increases,  and  lifetime   customer  value.    
  • 4. 4   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.         Update the Enterprise IT Portfolio to Accommodate Cloud Offerings Cloud  offerings  may  be  very  well-­‐‑suited  to  your  enterprise  IT  portfolio.  That  doesn’t  mean   existing  IT  implementations  must  be  replaced  by  the  Cloud  platform.  Consider  similar  IT   industry  changes  you’ve  experienced.  Enterprises  that  can  adapt  to  technological  change  are   better  positioned  to  meet  IT  needs  over  time.  When  Web  technologies  were  introduced  in  the   90s,  enterprises  made  them  part  of  their  IT  portfolio.  Cloud  services  are  yet  another  evolution.     Prepare the Enterprise for Change Strategic  IT  portfolio  changes  may  be  required.  You  may  need  to  update  IT  infrastructure   delivery  services,  IT  operations,  and  management  processes.  Your  business  may  leverage   consulting  services  rather  following  a  rigid  in-­‐‑house  build  process.  This  will  create  an   environment  of  openness  —  with  more  options.  There  can  be  a  more  collaborative  relationship   built  out  to  all  tiers  of  your  organization.  Your  change  strategy  should  clearly  define  the  top  
  • 5. priorities.  It  can  be  critical  to  implement  first,  and  then  monitor  the  way  broader  changes  are   handled  thereafter  to  help  reduce  change-­‐‑related  chaos.   Change  can  be  difficult  to  adopt  and  risky  to  implement.  But  results  from  adoption  of  Cloud   services  can  transform  your  enterprise  to  better  respond  to  business  demands.         Cloud Provides Business Flexibility Cloud  technology  has  proven  its  business  value  through  implementations  at  many  enterprises.   It  has  also  been  accepted  as  new  way  of  managing  business  and  infrastructure  needs  according  
  • 6. 6   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.     to  business  requirements.  Often  at  enterprises,  some  role  players  can  be  against  change  at  first.   Establishing  a  Cloud  Strategy  at  the  program  level  of  your  enterprise  can  raise  awareness  and   help  crystalize  the  potential  benefits.     Key  target  audiences  include:     Business Stakeholders Many  enterprises  rely  on  packaged  applications  to  facilitate  business  processes  and  fulfill   operational  business  requirements.  There  needs  to  be  a  good  understanding  among  business   stakeholders  that  the  business  will  utilize  Software-­‐‑as-­‐‑a-­‐‑Service  packages  such  as  Enterprise   Asset  Management  and/or  Workforce  Management  (Human  Capital  Management).  Cloud-­‐‑ based  business  applications  are  rapidly  and  widely  adopted  by  enterprises.  The  trend  is   growing  fast.   Orblogic  provides  its  full  suite  of  products  via  public  Cloud  (Amazon).     Cloud-­‐‑based  applications  can  help  improve  business  availability,  continuity,  and  performance.   Because  business  executives  must  be  concerned  with  financial  resources,  the  pay-­‐‑for-­‐‑use  model   can  be  an  attractive  option.  Budget  constraints  can  also  serve  as  a  driving  force  toward   convincing  business  decision  makers  to  seriously  consider  Cloud  solutions.   With  the  SaaS  model,  business  does  not  depend  on  IT  Services  for  new  deployments.  It’s  the   vendor’s  responsibility  to  fix  bugs  and  provide  upgrades.  This  helps  cut  cycles  short  and  serves   to  meet  business  demands.   Application Development and Management Stakeholders Many  businesses  also  rely  on  development  and  application  stakeholders  to  manage  servers,   applications,  libraries,  API,  and  application  management  tools.  Cloud  technology  offers  a   complete  custom  build  platform  for  deployments  —  very  similar  to  your  on-­‐‑premise   infrastructure.  In  fact,  most  Cloud  providers  offer  the  virtual  equivalent  to  your  on-­‐‑premise   platform,  including  servers  and  automatic  deployment  services.   Orblogic  application  packages  can  be  deployed  at  the  enterprise  in  customized  Cloud  platforms   selected  by  application  development  and  deployment  teams  irrespective  of  the  Cloud  service   provider.       Many  enterprises  already  use  a  kind  of  in-­‐‑house  Cloud  platform  called  Infrastructure  as  a   Service  (IaaS).  This  platform  is  based  on  virtualized  servers,  storage,  network  services  and   automated  deployment  tools.  The  main  purpose  of  these  kinds  of  Cloud  services  is  to  expedite   application  deployments  and  updates  for  existing  services.  There  are  two  benefits  to  these  
  • 7. platforms.  First,  Cloud  platforms  help  decrease  time  spent  on  hardware,  software,  and  storage   procurement.  Developers  can  provision  the  instances  for  rapid  development  and  deployment   through  the  Cloud.  Second,  infrastructure  services  are  not  dependent  on  humans  to  configure   databases  or  application  servers.     Target  Stakeholders  with  Cloud  Delivery  Architectures   Available Cloud Architectures Public Cloud Most  Cloud  offerings  are  available  through  public  portals  such  as  Amazon  Web  Service  (AWS)   Cloud,  Google,  Oracle,  Microsoft,  or  IBM.  Public  Cloud  offerings  are  easy  to  get  and  quick  to   implement.  This  strategy  can  be  both  cost-­‐‑  and  time-­‐‑efficient.  All  Orblogic  products  are   available  through  AWS  Cloud  for  quick  and  cost  efficient  deployments.  Easy  access  to  the   products  helps  you  save  time  and  money  —  and  also  enables  you  to  respond  faster  to  market  
  • 8. 8   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.     demands.  It’s  an  outsourcing  strategy  much  like  your  Website  hosting  or  using  a  third-­‐‑party  to   host  your  data  center.  Using  a  public  Cloud  provider  can  help  you  achieve  economic  synergies   with  infrastructure  expandability  and  application  availability.  If  you  do  choose  public  Cloud   services,  your  business  may  need  to  factor  the  implications  of  compliance  and  security.   Hybrid Cloud A  business  can  use  a  hybrid  Cloud  implementation  where  in-­‐‑house  applications  are  integrated   with  Cloud-­‐‑based  SaaS  applications.  There  may  always  be  a  desire  to  integrate  internally   managed  applications  with  public  Cloud  deployments.  For  example,  Amazon  VPC  service  can   facilitate  connectivity  between  an  enterprise  and  Amazon  Cloud  Services.  Hybrid  Cloud  is  a   combination  of  public  Cloud  with  intra-­‐‑enterprise  deployments  to  fulfill  the  business  need.   Most  Cloud  vendors  provide  tested  hybrid  Cloud  integration  patterns.   Private Cloud An  intra-­‐‑enterprise  Cloud  is  a  good  example  of  a  private  Cloud.  Most  of  enterprises  use  this  to   help  mitigate  security  and  compliance  concerns.  An  on-­‐‑premise  Cloud  can  help  provide  the   same  kind  of  services  as  a  public  Cloud,  but  with  limitations  to  meet  enterprise  demands.   Patterns  are  created  to  provide  the  applications  and  infrastructure  to  meet  low  to  medium  to   high  load  business  demands.  A  private  Cloud  can  offer  the  most  secure  applications  for  an   enterprise.   Most  enterprises  find  it  difficult  to  develop  a  private  in-­‐‑house  Cloud.  It  can  be  much  easier  to   use  virtual  servers,  storage,  and  networks  when  compared  to  creating  Cloud  architecture  with   multi-­‐‑user  environments,  automated  scripts,  and  monitoring/management  services.     There  are  also  financial  and  technical  challenges  to  building  a  private  Cloud.  You  must  develop   enterprise-­‐‑level  expertise  to  manage  an  in-­‐‑house  Cloud.       Cloud Solutions Can Be a Practical Approach for Enterprises An  enterprise  may  need  out-­‐‑of-­‐‑the-­‐‑box  IT  infrastructure  to  meet  immediate  business   requirements.  After  the  invention  of  Cloud  this  problem  is  certainly  solved  –  most  public  Cloud   offerings  fulfill  this  need  with  handful  of  services.  For  example,  Amazon  Cloud  offers  storage   (S3),  load  balancer  (Route  53),  databases  (RDS)  and  many  forms  of  Amazon  Machine  Images  
  • 9. (AMI).  These  services  can  be  created  in  a  matter  of  minutes  based  on  requirements  —  and  can   be  delivered  to  development  and  deployment  teams.  This  was  a  developer’s  dream  before   Cloud  technologies  existed.   Though  these  benefits  are  there,  enterprises  still  face  security  and  in-­‐‑house  training  challenges.   Cloud  vendors  worked  hard  to  overcome  these  hurdles.  Better  support  can  be  achieved  through   the  following:   Provide Better Security Cloud  vendors  implemented  their  installations  in  high  quality  data  centers  to  help  meet  the  vast   majority  of  availability  requirements.  Because  Cloud  vendor  security  is  more  granular  that   enterprise  perimeter  security,  vendors  have  implemented  per-­‐‑application,  per-­‐‑implementation   and/or  per-­‐‑infrastructure  resource  component  security  controls  that  are  far  better  than  in-­‐‑house   enterprise  security  implementations.  Most  Cloud  vendors  are  compliant  with  security   standards  that  include  SSAE-­‐‑16  audits,  ISO  20001,  27001  operational  certifications,  and   requirements  enforced  by  US  government’s  new  Federal  Information  Security  Management  Act   (FISMA).   Improved Reliability and Availability Most  Cloud  vendors  have  exceptionally  improved  reliability  and  availability.  Now,  there  is   much  less  concern  over  outages.  This  reinforces  a  customer  confidence  that  Cloud  vendors  can   fulfill  customer’s  reliability  and  availability  needs.   No More Vendor Lock-In As  in  the  early  days  of  any  technological  innovation,  some  vendors  have  tried  to  lock-­‐‑in  the   customers.  Many  Cloud  vendors  did  the  same  thing,  but  this  is  changing  quickly  for  number  of   different  reasons.  First,  products  based  on  open  source  standards  are  readily  available.  Products   such  as  OpenStack  and  OpenShift  help  insulate  customers  from  vendor  lock-­‐‑in.  Many  different   applications  running  on  different  Cloud  providers  can  be  integrated  using  XML  integration   standards.  For  example,  Representational  State  Transfer  (REST)  communication  protocol  for   integration  of  applications  hosting  on  different  Cloud  providers.   Private Cloud is Becoming Popular Cloud  vendors  now  offer  private  Cloud  solutions  to  their  customers  through  Amazon,  IBM,  and   Oracle.   Your  business  can  now  choose  Cloud  vendors  after  analyzing  Cloud  reliability,  availability,  and   other  services.  Enterprise  strategy  should  clearly  prioritize  organization’s  requirements  to  select   the  Cloud  vendor.    
  • 10. 10   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.     Enterprise Cloud Strategy Create  a  plan  to  transition  toward  Cloud  computing  services  as  a  strategic  option.  It  can  start   with  smaller  implementation  experiences  and  progress  toward  larger  implementations.  This  can   help  draw  a  bigger  adoption  of  Cloud  services  for  an  in-­‐‑house  service  provider.  It  is  essential  to   adopt  a  comprehensive  Cloud  strategy  that  spans  many  years.     Cloud Business Strategy Your  business  strategy  should  identify  the  business  goals  to  address  with  your  business   investments.  A  synergistic  Cloud  computing  plan  can  help  accomplish  these  milestones.  The   best  approach  to  accomplish  this  is  to  focus  on  the  business  needs  that  can  help  streamline   business  processes  and  help  generate  increased  revenue.  Your  plan  should  help  business   stakeholders  better  understand  how  Cloud  investments  will  save  money  and  effectively  meet   business  demands.   Amazon  conducted  an  analysis  that  depicts  the  ROI  difference  using  on-­‐‑premise  versus  Cloud   Infrastructure:        
  • 11. Cloud Technology Strategy Your  strategy  should  list  the  Cloud  technologies  needed  and  suggest  providers  that  can  best   address  those  needs.  This  way,  technology  is  used  to  help  power  the  business  to  meet  goals   more  efficiently.   It  is  essential  to  have  Cloud  Technology  Reference  Architecture  in  place  at  the  enterprise  level.   That  should  be  clearly  communicated  with  IT  and  business  stakeholders  in  the  enterprise.  A   business  and  IT  capability  synergy  map  can  provide  effective  language  for  IT  and  business   stakeholders.  If  the  strategy  addresses  both  business  and  IT  problems  and  how  effectively   resolve  them,  it  is  better  positioned  to  succeed.  IT  strategy  must  empower  business,  so  the   business  can  maximize  success  at  each  turn.   Create  a  road  map  for  Cloud  implementation  according  to  a  business  impact  analysis.  It  should   include  milestones  and  list  business  goals.     Cloud Strategy Execution Once  the  strategy  is  in  place,  start  prioritizing  which  business  capabilities  should  be  addressed   first.  Most  enterprises  begin  by  choosing  one  business  capability  to  move  into  the  Cloud  —  such   as  Enterprise  Asset  Management  or  CRM.  Other  businesses  may  launch  one  big  initiative,   moving  many  capabilities  in  one  big  cluster.  Either  approach  may  work  as  long  as  the  execution   plan  is  well  thought  out.   Develop In-House Cloud Expertise Without  in-­‐‑house  Cloud  skills,  Cloud  adoption  may  be  more  difficult.  Cloud  technology  can  be   a  cultural  transition  requiring  new  skills  and  talent.  It  may  include  IT  leadership,  IT  architects,   Managers,  Developers,  Security  professionals,  Operations  department  and  financial  specialists.   Security  and  compliance  department  personnel  must  be  involved  in  Cloud  initiatives  to  help   guide  stakeholder  through  related  risks.  Security  experts  must  help  ensure  that  a  Cloud  vendor   meets  enterprise  security  and  compliance  requirements.  The  first  implementation  can  be  done   by  a  few  in-­‐‑house  experts  along  with  Cloud  provider  consultants.  For  example,  Amazon  has   partner  network  program  to  help  assist  Cloud  implementations.  To  future-­‐‑proof  the  enterprise   with  Cloud  computing  –  it  is  helpful  to  onboard  new  sources  with  Cloud  expertise  and  train   existing  personnel.     Change Your Execution Process Conventional  strategy  execution  may  be  inadequate  for  managing  and  governing  Cloud   implementations.  Most  Cloud  implementations  have  to  move  faster  than  traditional  IT  policies   and  procedures  typically  allow.    
  • 12. 12   Content  Reproduction  is  Prohibited|  Copy  Rights  Owned  by  Orblogic,  Inc.     Cloud  resources  offer  a  pay-­‐‑as-­‐‑you-­‐‑go  advantage,  so  budgeting  and  procurement  processes   may  need  to  be  changed.     Cloud Strategy Optimization No  matter  how  well-­‐‑planned,  expect  there  to  be  a  learning  curve.  There  will  be  missteps  and   successes  along  the  way  to  learn  from.  Cloud  adoption  can  be  a  long  process  —  enterprise   adoption  of  Cloud  can  unfold  over  many  years.  This  program  requires  the  following:   Strategy Impact on Business Outcomes Measure  how  Cloud  strategy  will  impact  business  outcomes.  What  will  be  the  return  on   investments  with  Cloud  solutions  at  enterprise?  Use  an  ROI  calculator  to  help  quantify  your   projected  assumptions.  The  key  is  to  focus  on  business  success  rather  than  just  the  IT   investment.   Reporting and Benchmarking of Solutions In-the-Cloud Collect  complete  business  performance  reports.  Evaluating  real  results  can  be  a  strong  tool  used   to  support  and  adapt  your  Cloud  strategy.   Realize Cloud Strategy Cloud  strategy  can’t  be  realized  in  few  successful  initiatives  in  limited  time.  It  has  long  term   effects  that  may  span  to  multi-­‐‑year  engagements.  It’s  not  only  the  introduction  of  Cloud   technology,  but  the  transformation  of  how  enterprise  IT,  key  personnel,  and  the  business   perform.