I recently spent four months mired knee-deep in a large enterprise transformation project, analyzing and working directly with the customer on a bloated application portfolio rationalization. This isn’t easy, especially with a very large, diverse enterprise. Companies of this type have multiple business areas, some of which in turn have multiple business units, each with its own complexities and quirks. These areas and units each have their own versions of shadow IT. Further, in the name of being more productive, they may choose to use applications that aren’t known or supported by the central IT organization.
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The use of the cloud is not governed by technology so much as it is governed by cost: the cost of on-premises management, support, expertise, and environment vs. the cost of cloud services and outsourced expertise, management, etc. The cost differential must be high enough in the short term to allow it to become valid in the long term. There are lots of cloud calculators out there. Since Apple, Dropbox, and others have changed clouds or moved to their own data centers, what does this tell us about the future of cloud?
If you have been following IT infrastructure for a while, you will have seen the rise of the cloud hailed as the solution to all of our IT problems. You will also have heard that the public cloud is like Hotel California, where you can easily check in but can never leave. I wrote a little while ago about the risks of relying on a single cloud service and the need to use multiple clouds. In order to use multiple cloud providers, you must use them in such a way as to minimize the barrier to exit. And that means using cloud-portable applications.
When we talk about transforming to the cloud, we often talk about hybrid cloud and what it will take to transition to it, leaving discussions about 100% cloud usage purely to the new startup (greenfield) organizations. What is needed to move 100% off-premises to a public cloud? What is sufficient, what is necessary, and what is the required last mile of this effort? I recently spoke to @AndiMann about concepts of what is necessary and sufficient. Andi brought up some great points I would like to share over a series of articles.
Difficulty and complexity are two things human beings tend to avoid. For the most part, people seem to be much happier with concepts that are easy on the brain, take little time to implement, and have the promise of immediate return on investment. This tendency gives rise to quick fixes that are simple and low-cost. The problem with most of these approaches applied to transformation is that transformation does not come with speed or simplicity. I know many organizations that wish it did! It would make it so much easier in my consulting practice, and it would provide services to organizations making transformational changes. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work out that way.
Andy Jassy, SVP of AWS, made a ton of new announcements in his keynote speech yesterday at the 4th annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. The conference has grown to nearly 20,000 attendees with around 38,000 watching the live streaming event.