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For Enterprises Looking to Transform, Here Is the Real Benefit of the Public Cloud
Friday 15 September 2017
Over the last few years, I've been fortunate to be a part of many large and ambitious enterprise IT transformation initiatives. Call them agile, digital or DevOps transformations, essentially, they're about trying to deliver better software and customer experiences faster.
What I've noticed is how the companies being most successful are almost always choosing public cloud as their platform for innovation. The ones making less of an impact are working in an on-premises environment fighting with the existing beast.
The reason these organizations are being successful is surprising though. It's not just because the cloud is better/faster/cheaper/more agile/more secure/more manageable and so on. It's because by using public cloud, they are getting to bypass legacy processes, thinking and culture.
By basing your digital transformation on the public cloud, you get to have an almost complete reset on the years of organizational scar tissue that have built up around how you manage IT.
You get to break the dependency on legacy system integrators because you are outsourcing a huge part of your stack to experts in running web-scale infrastructure.
You get a chance to modernize and reinvent how you work and perceive enterprise IT. You have a chance to reset and see IT as an innovation and differentiation source.
Companies trying to transform without a public cloud are not only held back by the existing static infrastructure, but also have to try to transform incrementally whilst deep in the malaise of existing legacy. Whereas when they go to public cloud, they have a huge and unique opportunity to re-assess how they do things.
It seems a big leap when we are talking about infrastructure, but this accelerated route to a leaner operating model and an innovation culture is really the most significant benefit of the public cloud.
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