We understand the benefit that cloud technology offers today’s enterprises. The ability to quickly adopt public, private and hybrid solutions has never been easier with tangible mid to long term benefits emerging for those who have taken the plunge. But we seem to be forgetting that like so many overly hyped technologies; technology should not be the main focus when implementing cloud solutions.

Before you start any journey, it's always good to know where you are heading and what you will experience when you arrive. You don’t often book a vacation without some research, an understanding of typical travel time, seasonality, or the facilities when you arrive.  However, all too often Cloud is the suggested destination with limited fore-planning, or understanding of the implications when you get there.

But what are people using Cloud for, and are they realising its full potential? Analysis by Eurostat looked at data from enterprises within the European Union and concluded that “use of cloud for e-mail is still predominant, the highest increases have been recorded for the storage of files (+9pp) and for office software (+8pp), followed by the use of CRM software applications (+6pp).”

Based on Eurostat’s findings you can see how Forbes messaging could be accurate, albeit for less strategic business applications and services.

Whatever the motivation, many organisations that migrate their services, applications and infrastructure to Cloud do so because of the lure of scalability, elasticity, efficiency and cost savings. Whether you are planning a complete Cloud migration, or deploy a hybrid model ensuring you have a solid foundation can help avoid future costly issues.

A holistic top-down and bottom-up assessment of the enterprise must provide critical data points to support any future strategic decision. Examples include;

  • Technical feasibility towards migration
  • One-time costs
  • Migration complexity
  • Running cost comparisons
  • Recommended cloud architecture

The outcome of any assessment must ensure right platforming, Private, Public, Hybrid Cloud or remain within the existing landscape but special consideration should be given to the wider impact of any Cloud adoption. Examples include;

  • Business Processes & People
  • Data integration
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance
  • Security, Data Jurisdiction & Privacy
  • Ongoing Management & SLA’s

However you start your journey, don’t be distracted by the headline benefits without fully understanding the ownership implications. More information on how Hitachi can support your Cloud journey can found here.

Hitachi Consulting is the digital solutions and management consulting business of Hitachi Ltd., a global technology and social innovation leader. Hitachi Consulting is a catalyst for positive business change, propelling organizations to accelerate disruptive innovation and drive digital transformation. We help our clients innovate faster, develop new revenue streams, and respond to global dynamics with insight and agility. We collaborate with clients to create solutions that help maximize operational efficiency and deliver measurable, sustainable business results.