Lights and Technology
20 January 2022

The challenges of the journey to the Cloud

For organizations to make the best out of the Cloud, some solid foundations are necessary

By José Miguel Pereira, IT Operations, Cloud & Security Director at Noesis
The last year was marked by a permanent reflection regarding the pandemic effects on digital transformation. It is now consensual that we are witnessing the most significant wave of digital disruption ever seen. The adoption of measures restricting the movement of people to prevent the spread of the virus forced organizations to implement substantial changes in their operating models.
The world as we know it has changed radically in little more than six months and companies have been forced to make a technological leap of several years to ensure the continuity of their operations and business.
The existence of a flexible and highly capable IT ecosystem was a fundamental factor in the digital acceleration and, consequently, the rapid adaptation by the organizations. This transformation has significantly driven the adoption of cloud solutions in their different configurations (public clouds, private clouds, and even hybrid clouds).
Organizations are focused on ensuring that they get the best out of each Cloud - namely greater flexibility, greater efficiency, greater reliability, greater control, and above all, better time to market.
It is with the realization that we are seeing more and more CIOs adopting a cloud-first strategy in their IT management that we feel it is critical to ensure that we have the solid foundations for this journey to bring the returns we all want:
The journey to the Cloud is as enticing as it is complex, and it is critical to consider in the strategy an aggressive plan for reconverting and retraining the IT teams in our companies - for the success of this journey, 95% lies in training and only 5% in technology
Heterogeneity and complexity are here to stay, and it is increasingly vital to ensure a holistic view of our entire IT architecture and infrastructure. It is in this context critical to ensure that the investment in advanced monitoring, automation, and observability solutions accompany the rest of the investment in digital transformation (the complexity to ensure Keep the Lights On and an efficient IT operation is inversely proportional to the ease with which we add cloud solutions to our architecture).
The efficient management of lock-in to service or software providers is one of the most passionate and complex topics in the IT world. In the context of the massive adoption of cloud solutions in its different configurations, it is necessary to consider this dimension in the evaluation and decision-making matrix.
Using a famous analogy, we can see that two things are confident in the digital disruption - the massive adoption of cloud solutions and the growing complexity regarding security issues. We are witnessing exponential growth in the number and sophistication of attacks, which requires a paradigm shift. It is necessary to invest in security solutions focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to try to balance the scales.
Published (in Portuguese) in SAPO Tek