From one day to the next, the global COVID-19 outbreak forced the world to work from home. At lightning speed, companies launched all kinds of tools to make this possible. As a result, working from home is now common practice, but has this been configured optimally for long term? Many large organizations still rely partly on their old infrastructure. So why not put a new IT foundation in place to help you make the most of innovative technology? Give your employees the latest tools and the freedom to work when and where they want and unleash your full potential!

The path to the modern workplace

In an ideal world, you have access to all your files and apps anytime, anywhere. You can update your weekly reports at your convenience. Need to record or update all kinds of data? You can do this whenever it suits you, whether at home, in the office or at a client’s premises. In the real world though, things are often not that well organized, yet: for some important tasks, we actually still need to go to the office.

Imprisoned by technology

In general, collaboration is already quite well organized. Using a variety of tools in the cloud, we write and access documents together and have efficient video meetings. Several business applications are already located in the cloud but the IT infrastructure remains divided between two possibilities: on-premises and in the cloud. Preventing you from reaching your full potential.

On-premises: the brake on innovation and flexibility

Legacy systems in on-premises data centers are difficult to scale and lack modern connectivity. They are not always compatible with mobile devices and lack good interfaces and the latest functionalities. In addition, modifying computer code is expensive and takes a lot of time. It’s time you don’t have, because you want to roll out new functionalities as quickly as possible so your employees always have access to the best tools. That’s why enterprises are fully committed to the cloud, with many benefits.

Launch the latest services without delay

Move your own data center to the cloud, and all sorts of modern applications become available right away. Workstations that give employees complete freedom to work from their smartphones or laptops? You can purchase them on a monthly basis. Did demand increase? You can simply scale up your workstations within minutes. Want to add extra functionality? One click and it’s done! A chatbot for your website? AI to analyze your data right away? IoT applications? Want to get started with blockchain? In the cloud, there are numerous templates that you can use immediately.

Best of both worlds: go hybrid

There is no doubt whatsoever: most innovation takes place in the cloud. However, many organizations are still finding it rather stressful to fully transition to the cloud. It’s new, it works differently and suddenly the workloads are no longer in your trusted data center. Some organizations think they need to transition fully in one go. In fact, this is neither necessary nor desirable. Firstly, you don’t have to move all your data and applications to the cloud. Some regulations may even forbid you to do so. Secondly, a big bang will mess up your continuity. Start small, get the best of both worlds and go for a hybrid solution!

Switching to the cloud in one go? Not recommended!

But how do you get started? First and foremost, it helps to realize that the cloud is not a destination in itself, but a way to achieve improvement. Create a strategy and migrate your least vital processes to the cloud first. That way, you can learn to work in the cloud and experience the benefits for yourself. These include continuous delivery, which allows you to launch new services faster and more efficiently. It works just like your own Windows 10 computer: no longer updated once a year, but is adjusted daily, based on new requirements. This will ensure that your technology and cybersecurity always remains at the highest standard.

Time for change

If you want to achieve these benefits, it’s not just a matter incorporating new technology. Working in the cloud also requires a cultural change. You will need to apply more agile ways of working, break down company silos and form multidisciplinary DevOps teams. This will ensure that applications are continuously improved, giving your customers and employees the best experience. But before you can do that, you will have to establish a good technical foundation.

Are you considering to really move your IT landscape to the cloud?

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