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What I see, in the Cloud, for enterprises


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Cloud computing has come of age. Though it started out as an idea, cloud computing has now outgrown its initial premise. Infrastructure scalability, virtualization-led savings, faster development cycles, and private cloud-driven efficiency are only a part of what the cloud can offer to enterprises, and there is the promise of more to come.

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What I see, in the Cloud, for enterprises

  1. 1. White Paper What I see, in the Cloud, for enterprises - Vishnu Bhat Sometime, last year, the National Science Center (NSC), U.S. moved its flagship program - Learning Logic to the Cloud to enhance its IT staff and infrastructure efficiencies. While the program was hugely successful in optimizing efficiencies, Learning Logic was made accessible to a much broader audience having turned web-based from its earlier server-based avatar. The cost savings were, undoubtedly, significant. But the additional audience this model created for NSC was a direct outcome of the Cloud-led innovation.
  2. 2. Therefore, it is time that enterprises opened their eyes to see the Cloud for what it is really - not merely an engine of efficiency, but a powerful driver of innovation. And there is enough proof of its potential: A bank extends its services to remote areas outside its urban branch network by enabling agents to access a Cloud- hosted core banking platform. A soft drink manufacturer streamlines distribution through a combination of mobile devices and a Cloud computing setup into The point of this story is that Cloud which merchandisers input stocking and other information in real time. computing has come of age. An idea, which started out by leveraging Besides fostering innovation, the Cloud also helps organizations leverage data scalable and readily available digital better to make better decisions. Today, everyone’s talking about Big Data - assets to enable higher efficiency, which incidentally, operates on a Cloud frame - and its impact on operations, speed of deployment and expanded data processing, and insight creation. The Cloud has changed the paradigm of utilization has outgrown its initial processing large data sets by enabling organizations to tap into Big Data that premise that was built solely exists within and outside their four walls to slice and dice it faster, cheaper and around infrastructure. Although in more minute detail than it was thought possible. Retailing organizations considerations of infrastructure have taken the lead in leveraging the elastic computing power of the Cloud to scalability, virtualization-led savings, not only crunch structured data but also mine unstructured information in the faster development cycles and private form of social media conversations and online commentaries about their own Cloud-driven efficiency are still and competitor brands, consumer perceptions, user expectations, and more. important, they are only a part of what So clearly, the infrastructure-efficiency viewpoint has given way to innovate- the Cloud can offer to enterprises; in to-achieve-the near-impossible today. Enterprises are gearing up for a future in fact, these things are now, virtually which they will look at fragmenting their software and application workloads - hygiene. which today reside in their traditional data centers - across multiple Clouds and best-of-breed infrastructure - sometimes even outside their own setup. By and large, organizations are accepting this proposition as long as it is implemented within the safety of a private Cloud; however, they raise the usual concerns around security, data privacy and the risk of regulatory violation, when presented with the idea of leveraging the more elastic computes that are out there, as a way to realize the true benefit of the Cloud. This issue is best addressed, in my opinion, by the best practice of using a solution that brings all the fragmented workloads - on the private and public Cloud ecosystem - together seamlessly, providing the enterprise with a single, unified view of its entire operational setup across multiple Clouds, and the way it is performing. Even better, such a solution can also make intelligent recommendations around which Cloud is best equipped to deploy a new workload on, based on the configuration required. That being said, the key point is that enterprises must be open to the idea of participating in a Cloud ecosystem of this kind, in the first place. This discussion leads to another interesting thought - in addition to broadening their view around Cloud computing, enterprises have immense value to be gained by changing the way that they approach it. Traditionally, organizations have viewed their Cloud strategy through a Cloud-centric lens: first experimenting with a private Cloud, then maybe graduating to others like those owned by Amazon, Microsoft Azure or This perspective is somewhat sliced, and determined purely by that particular Cloud’s capabilities. Yes, taking a Cloud-centric view is, perhaps, the right way for an organization to get its feet wet, but it is very important that this subsequently shifts to an enterprise-based strategy. Because, the Cloud is a strong and proven driver of tech-led innovations that in turn help realize enterprise goals. However, when ‘Cloud’ and ‘enterprise strategy’ are mentioned in the same breath, pains of deep-rooted changes come to mind. But executing an enterprise-2 | Infosys – White Paper
  3. 3. based Cloud strategy need not necessarily be a difficult journey. It Or bringing a little more value to the partner ecosystem. Thesecan be as simple as developing a new or even just improved existing simple but significant steps can accrue to build a stronger and morecapability, through a Cloud framework, for small but strategically resilient business organization.significant change - with a holistic view of the larger business intent. In effect, organizations, that take an enterprise-centric approachThis need not entail grand plans for ambitious makeovers that entail to Cloud, grow in their prowess and agility to respond to changingmonths of rigorous change management. It can be as simple as business dynamics. They leverage the Cloud to enable the businessleveraging the Cloud to grasp the customer’s needs just before she to be ‘the last man standing’, even when the economy runs intodoes...Staying one small but crucial step ahead of competition… poor weather.Creating processes that save a little more time or money…Gettingone more advantage from existing technology investments… And that, in my view, can result in a compelling business case. About the Author Vishnu Bhat Vice President and Head - Cloud Services, Infosys Limited As the Head of Cloud Services, Vishnu is responsible for delivering professional services for the Cloud, including platform implementation and integration, incubation of new services, and technology modernization solutions. He is also responsible for the overall Microsoft Technologies/ practice and the continued strengthening of the Infosys’ strategic alliance with Microsoft around Cloud and collaboration. Vishnu’s current responsibilities represent a continuation of his three-year tenure as the Head of Systems Integration services where he led the delivery of technology solutions in Enterprise Information Management, technology consulting, technology modernization, and large-scale program management and execution. He played a leading role in formulating and articulating the strategies and services of Infosys Cloud Ecosystem Integrator. Prior to his work in the Systems Integration group, Vishnu served as the Chief Operating Officer of Infosys Australia where he integrated an acquired subsidiary, building a strong footprint in the market. His global business experience also includes: Head of the Global Development Centre in Toronto and overall delivery operations for Canada, as well as a variety of roles in the U.S., Singapore, and Japan. Prior to joining Infosys in 1993, Vishnu started his career in Instrumentation Technology Industry as an engineer. He has also taught instrumentation and computer science at R V College of Engineering in Bangalore. Infosys – White Paper | 3
  4. 4. About InfosysMany of the worlds most successful organizations rely on Infosys todeliver measurable business value. Infosys provides business consulting,technology, engineering and outsourcing services to help clients in over30 countries build tomorrows enterprise.For more information, contact© 2012 Infosys Limited, Bangalore, India. Infosys believes the information in this publication is accurate as of its publication date; such information is subject to change without notice. Infosys acknowledgesthe proprietary rights of the trademarks and product names of other companies mentioned in this document.