Cloud is today’s urgent business imperative. Today, more than ever, companies need to operate and compete at an unprecedented speed and scale as industries are reshaping beneath them. This means innovating faster, creating new revenue streams, deriving more insights from data – and from the edge – and interacting differently with their customers, partners and employees. All of these changes are fundamental, inter-connected and require a catalyst to drive them – and that is cloud.
Transform with Cloud to build the digital enterprise of tomorrow
Acunor brings its engineering expertise in cloud transformation to provide an array of services – such as digital infrastructure, analytics and intelligence, customer experience, applications, devops, and security – to help companies build their digital enterprise of tomorrow.
Companies of all sizes are undergoing cloud transformation to keep up with the speed of modern business. Cloud services make it easier to efficiently deliver services, engage with customers, and manage other business operations, so it makes sense that cloud migration is a top priority for most companies around the world.
What makes Acunor Different
Global delivery model
We have a global delivery model with strong offshore and nearshore capabilities. We also provide outstanding talent at attractive cost points.
Experienced cloud practitioners
We have a roster of highly skilled certified cloud professionals and cloud practitioners experienced in cloud migrations across Life Sciences, Financial Services and Telecom.
We have an integrated approach to application and data migration to the cloud that involves strategy, assessment, migration planning and execution and post migration operations.
Domain, Data and Tech focus
Our investments in development platforms and our capabilities focused on domain, data and technology allow us to make your cloud transformation project smooth and seamless.
What You Need to Know About Cloud Transformation
So, what is cloud transformation anyway?
Simply put, cloud transformation is the process of migrating your business from local servers to the cloud. This can be a lengthy process, as cloud transformation doesn’t mean simply switching to a cloud-based solution. Cloud transformation involves…
Migrating apps and software programs
Moving company data to the cloud
Transforming your IT infrastructure
The amount of time it takes to see your cloud transformation goals turn into reality depends on the complexity of your operation. If you’ve already adopted some cloud technology, it could only take a few months to migrate most your systems to the cloud. If you aren’t using any cloud services at all, your migration could take much longer.
Why Your Organization Needs Cloud Transformation
Cloud transformation isn’t anything new. In 2012, Forrester found that 52% of enterprise decision-makers believed developing a cloud strategy was a “high or critical priority.”
According to Gartner, cloud services are expected to grow 18.4% in 2021. While cloud transformation has been an essential strategy for businesses of all sizes, making the jump to the cloud is now more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that companies in all sectors must accelerate their cloud transformation in order to keep up with an ever-changing business landscape.
How cloud transformation benefits your organization
First and foremost, cloud transformation keeps your organization from becoming obsolete. Technology is constantly changing the way companies do business, and the only way your organization will remain competitive is to adapt to those changes.
But cloud transformation doesn’t just protect your organization against market threats. It also provides several benefits that will help your long-term business strategy and improve your day-to-day operations. Some of those benefits include:
Scale up and down when needed, respond to demand immediately, and start new projects without needing to spend time upgrading IT infrastructure.
According to a study by IDG Research Services, cloud transformation can reduce IT costs by 25%, as costs are aligned to usage, are more resilient, and are reduced by fewer staffing requirements. And for many organizations, the ROI is 111% with a payback period of just over a year.
Companies that adopted cloud platforms are shown to release new capabilities 20-40% faster than those that still use on-premises technology.
Challenges Associated with Cloud Transformation
As you can see, there are several benefits associated with cloud adoption. Undergoing a cloud transformation can save your company money, while making it easier for your organization to keep up with the pace of technology.
However, there are also some challenges associated with this transformation –– especially if your organization hasn’t already been using some cloud services. Here are a few your should be aware of when launching or accelerating your cloud transformation:
Data security issues
Regardless of whether you’re using on-premises technology or cloud services, cybersecurity should be a critical part of your business strategy.
Cloud service providers maintain the security of their platforms and are careful to follow all compliance regulations. However, customers are responsible for the security of the systems and data they host in the cloud. You need a cybersecurity strategy of your own to minimize risk and safeguard your company data.
Here are some ways you can protect your systems from cyberattacks:
Keep your data encrypted to prevent lateral spread
Only assign employees the access privileges they need to get the job done
Conduct routine security audits of access and configuration
Leverage 3rd party expertise designed to identify and prevent threats
If you’ll be deploying containers, you also need to have a container security strategy that keeps you protected against ransomware, container privilege escalations, and more.
Lack of expertise
Technology is constantly evolving, and cloud services allow your company to keep up with the rate of change. With that said, if your cloud transformation program doesn’t include adequate training in cloud services, your solutions won’t be as effective as you’d hoped.
Even worse, you’ll overlook security risks and vulnerabilities, leaving yourself open to attacks.
That’s why an effective cloud transformation strategy must include cultivating cloud capabilities throughout your organization.
An important element of cloud expertise is staying up to date on compliance regulations and ensuring regulatory guidelines are being followed throughout your organization.
Data breaches can be a disaster for your company. Not only are the penalties and lawsuits expensive, but you also run the risk of destroying your brand reputation after an attack. What’s more, if your third-party cloud service providers experience a cyberattack and customer data is compromised, you could be held liable.
Guidelines like the PCI DSS and compliance regulation like the GDPR, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation largely exist for two reasons:
To protect customer data
Help companies take measures to avoid cyberattacks
For this reason, you want to make sure that your IT teams understand the importance of security compliance. They should also know how compliance looks in a cloud working environment, and how to follow these guidelines and regulations while using cloud services.
The overall migration process
Many companies make the mistake of assuming their cloud transformation will be seamless. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. More than half of the companies undergoing cloud transformation admitted it was more difficult than they expected. That’s because the migration process is difficult, and several things could go wrong at any given time.
For example, you could…
Incur unexpected costs because you didn’t plan your transformation budget accordingly
Fall behind schedule because you lack the organizational expertise to implement cloud transformation
Experience downtime due to incompatibility between your legacy software and cloud services
Cloud transformation isn’t a walk in the park. Even the smallest of challenges can turn into an expensive problem if left unchecked. That’s why it’s essential to fully plan your cloud migration in phases, ahead of time. That way, you can create an action plan that anticipates potential problems and comes up with solutions, making it easier for you to overcome your obstacles.