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Why cloud computing is a marathon not a sprint

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated the shift of businesses scrambling to adopt cloud computing. One year since remote working became the new normal, now is the time to apply the brakes, and assess whether your cloud solution is a long game or a short-term band-aid.

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Australian businesses collectively changed their modes of operation in 2020, reaching for the remote control and adopting cloud computing in order to stay afloat. Almost palpable was that sigh of relief across the nation as businesses went from the boardroom to the bedroom with relatively few blips.

Forget pivot, agility became the new buzz word. But, with the exception of Victoria and the hospitality and tourism industries, COVID was relatively short-lived for Australian businesses. Which begs the question. Were the cloud solutions you deployed during that window designed to go the long haul? Are you exhausted from the sprint or are you running a carefully executed marathon?

Questions to ask your business
Your business, understandably, dashed in a rush to the public cloud amid the chaos of COVID. But have since you reflected on what you’ve done? Reviewed your cloud solution? Is it the right fit for your business? It is purposed for a longer duration? How are you maintaining the costs? Do you have the right security, compliance and control in place?

A Hare versus Tortoise approach
One of the biggest misconceptions that businesses make is that they think they can just lift and shift to the cloud. This call to “move everything to the cloud” normally comes from senior executives. But you need to transform to the cloud. To borrow the Bill Gates’ analogy, most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. A cloud transition isn’t a traditional project in terms of a one-month or three-month infrastructure refresher. It’s a significant investment over time.

The Research
According to technology news source CRN, the effects of COVID-19 will linger throughout 2021, as businesses will “look to lay a foundation for increased agility.”

Dustin Milberg, field chief technology officer for a US-based IT service provider, believes companies who view the cloud “as a journey and not a destination” will reap greater success.

“This is because simply ‘getting to the cloud’ doesn’t automatically mean you’ll see improved performance and spending,” Millberg said.

“Instead, cloud is an iterative process of optimisation and creating security by design to match your company’s goals, both now and in the long term.”

The Benefits
Taking a long-term approach to your cloud solutions will yield numerous benefits including improved customer service and responsiveness, remote working and reducing administrative burden. It places the focus on scalable business applications and services, faster planning, and more efficient resolution of technical issues. We can help customers improve their scalability and reliability.

The Solution
At Nexon, we help businesses make this transformation using native tools and processes of the cloud providers to achieve the best outcomes. We help our customers demystify the cloud and provide a concrete foundation and roadmap of the business that can be executed.

We are able to translate and provide you with a tangible roadmap, and a foundation to deliver.

Contact Nexon today for a free cloud strategy assessment. During this workshop our Nexon Cloud Consultant will:

• Present and discuss key cloud concepts
• Determine your organisation’s business goals and identify requirements for an overall cloud strategy
• Determine any specific governance, security and compliance requirements
• Determine any key business challenges associated with a cloud delivery model
• Identify application or service candidates and/or opportunities with the customer for cloud
• By mutual agreement run migration tools to provide documentation recommendations