Contributed by: Tony Baer, Principal at dbInsight LLC
For many organizations, the cloud is synonymous with transformation. It's also associated with speed, agility, flexibility, and value, and it's reasonable to ask, what could the cloud mean for your organization? Managed properly, the cloud could be all these things. And it can give your organization a new way to see your data, discover new insights, and unlock endless possibilities.
Organizations today are looking at the cloud as either the future default option for application or database modernization or as a major pillar as part of a hybrid strategy for leveraging the best of both worlds.
So, how can the cloud help your organization see data with new eyes?
The cloud can be your gateway to new services such as streaming analytics or machine learning that could help your organization respond intelligently and quickly to events that change the actions of customers, trading partners, or cyber attackers.
The cloud can help your organization incorporate new sources of data such as social network posts, logs, mobile device data, and IoT data to see new insights and create new business opportunities for your customers over competitors. The ability to onramp new applications utilizing this data without the budgetary and backlog hurdles of on-premise deployment accelerates time to value. This enables new predictive maintenance applications driven by IoT data, supply chain optimization, or next-best offers to shoppers via location-based data, sentiment analytics through social media activity, and so on. The cloud also makes possible innovative approaches to managing data such as autonomous database services that deliver on the promise of IT simplicity.
So how do you get there from here?
There is no single recipe that applies across the board to every organization or use case. Should your organization adopt an approach that moves business as usual to the cloud, minimizing disruption, or should it seek transformational change?
Among the factors or constraints, may be internal policies or external regulatory mandates that limit or preclude placing data in the public cloud. In other cases, it may be a case of balancing the need to prevent disruption of existing, always-on back-office systems vs. the need to reduce cost or operational complexity. In other cases, it may be the need for accessing new cloud-only services that are not available for on-premise deployment. For most organizations, the answer will likely be a hybrid strategy.
So, what will the cloud mean to your organization? How could it allow you to see and use data differently? How should your organization balance the drivers and constraints to determine the most optimal adoption strategy? How can you ensure customer privacy and protection on a global scale to allow for easier compliance and protect your organization from cybersecurity threats?