How many Clouds does a business need?

10 October 2017

 

Regardless of the size of an organisation and the industry it is operating in, there are no alternatives to using Cloud services. According to an IDC study that was carried out in early 2017, 60 percent of businesses were by then at an early stage of using Cloud services, with pilot projects being driven by the departments. At the beginning of the year 2019, almost two thirds of all businesses will be using Cloud computing comprehensively and will work progressively on a Cloud First strategy.

The IDC study has also shown that the competence to choose and implement Cloud services is increasingly passing on to the departments. 70 percent of them are evaluating and budgeting Cloud services either independently or within the framework of an expert committee. One of the reasons behind this development is the fact that more and more processes need to be managed across the boundaries of organisations, IT infrastructure and countries. As a consequence, business processes are extended beyond these boundaries. External partners become a part of a company’s own digital organisation, while workflows are automated and significantly accelerated. What does the future hold in this environment? How many Clouds does a business need?

The right Cloud strategy

Every department has its own requirements and processes and therefore needs a different solution. If an organisation wants to use fully customised or even different and highly specialised services, they all need to be integrated or linked with each other as well as with the existing IT infrastructure. While the market offers highly specialised Cloud services for many different use cases, they frequently come with the setback of having been “cloudified” retroactively instead of having been developed as a native Cloud solution. Consequently, they often fall short on security, transparency, scalability and agile development. In this environment, IT is responsible for the secure planning of the Cloud architecture, the implementation of Cloud technologies as well as the integration of new services.

One Cloud for all use cases?

The complexity of these issues often drives CIOs to look out for a standard solution that can cover as many departmental use cases as possible. Finding and specifying such a super Cloud solution is however an intricate project with an uncertain outcome. At the same time, shadow IT will rise. If CIOs want to avoid being seen as “blockers”, their challenge lies in quickly finding a solution that is based on standards, can be adapted to the departments’ requirements in an agile way, and can be controlled by the CIOs.

Native, European, certified Cloud solutions with workflow management

The best approach is to choose a professional European Business Cloud solution that allows to import organisational structures with business units and roles. Ideally, an organisational structure is already available, for example in SAP. Configuring processes with a graphical BPMN editor should be quick and easy, alternatively it should be possible to import processes from existing systems in BPMN standard. It is particularly important to look out for the highest levels of quality with regard to security, data protection and compliance. Recognised certificates and attestations comprise BSI C5, EuroCloud Star Audit, ISO 20000, ISO 27001, ISO 27018 or TÜV Rheinland. The Fabasoft Cloud is a European Cloud that meets all of these requirements and in addition complies with the basic principles of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).

Smart CIOs are using smart Cloud solutions

This approach provides CIOs with a platform on which departments can very quickly be furnished with a solution for their particular use cases. On the basis of the specifications of IT, the departments can then define their processes themselves and will therefore decrease the workload of the IT department. As a result, shadow IT is curbed, CIOs remain in control of the Cloud solution’s implementation and consequently contribute to the sustained digital transformation of their organisations.

Andreas Dangl
Business Unit Executive Cloud Services

Andreas Dangl is Business Unit Executive Cloud Services at Fabasoft, a leading European cloud provider for business-to-business collaboration "Made in Europe". He is currently focusing on the ongoing digitisation of European and worldwide businesses with special compliance requirements (especially in the areas of data security and data protection), which would like to benefit from cloud services to become more internationally competitive.

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