CLOUD ENABLEMENT

Make cloud your superpower

Give legs to big ideas and innovation

You’ve read the memo: Cloud is the backbone of digital transformation.  It provides access to data, applications, and services at scale, on-demand, anywhere and everywhere. It creates a digitally connected, agile and intelligent enterprise that is ready for tomorrow—without busting the bank. Simply put, cloud is where the action is. It is where your business should be.

Many organizations are already leveraging the advantages of cloud: Cost, flexibility, scalability, availability, rapid provisioning and access to a modern compute infrastructure that is necessary for an intelligent enterprise. The availability of cloud options, ranging from private and public, to community and hybrid, that cater to the needs of every organization has further accelerated adoption.

But the growing number of options can also be confusing, leading to delays, poor decisions and, ironically, wasteful over provisioning. This is why organizations need dependable expertise to navigate their way quickly, confidently and flawlessly to cloud. Our team of cloud experts use domain knowledge, business insights, the needs of users, an understanding of cloud platforms, frameworks and tools to design, operationalize, manage and sustain cloud implementations. Our goal is to use cloud to future proof organizations, moving them steadily to a “cloud only” strategy, and placing extraordinary business power into their hands.

Cloud Strategy
Anticipate the future, plan for it (then, exceed it)

A good cloud strategy provides a coherent look at the role of cloud within an organization by:

  • Studying and anticipating the state of business to create a future-proof cloud strategy
  • Examining an organization’s infrastructure, process maturity, roles-based needs and culture for readiness to embrace cloud (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Analyzing and prioritizing services, workloads and applications for modernization and subsequent migration and integration
  • Surfacing business-specific opportunities in relation to private, public and hybrid cloud
  • Exploring the best-fit cloud vendors
  • Outlining steps for migration, usage, tools, change management and governance
  • Understanding regulatory and compliance requirements, industry standards, security policies and aligning with them
  • Scrutinizing risks and creating risk mitigation strategies (roll backs, DR, BCP)
  • Presenting adoption models, financial impact, ROI and pathways to reduce time-to-value
  • Identifying capability and skill issues

Cloud solutions are business-specific and not always obvious. Smart organizations begin by partnering technology experts like us—who are fast, nimble, practical and technology agnostic. Our approach provides architectures, models and solutions that do not create lock ins and allow your business to innovate its way smoothly into the future and beyond.

App modernization
Squeeze new value, deliver outstanding user experience

The COVID-19 crisis has accentuated the need to modernize applications for cloud. Organizations are quickly learning that lift-and-shift does not work. Legacy systems are expensive to maintain and they impede the ability to rapidly adapt to changing demands. Organizations are also recognizing the fact that modernizing their apps unlocks new value, allowing them to innovate and deliver new users experiences.

Our highly trained consultants and development teams work with you to understand which applications in your portfolio need refactoring, rearchitecting or replacement. Our team uses the best-of-breed languages and a cloud-native microservices approach to containerize your applications. Using our DevOps expertise, we are able to create a substantial reduction in integration and deployment times. The outcomes include an improvement of up to 50 percent in release cycle times, an up to 60 percent reduction in support costs while enhancing flexibility, agility, scalability and reliability.

Cloud migration and development
Ready…steady…grow!

As your organization begins to consider moving data, applications, and processes from on-premise (or even from one cloud to another), it will need to establish target goals, metrics to measure the goals, create a detailed plan and implementation process. Our cloud migration team, consisting of infrastructure and application specialists as well as subject matter experts, focuses on three critical elements necessary for successful migration: Application modernization, data migration (extract, transform, load), data integrity (testing) with minimal business disruption.

To ensure success, our preparatory work includes business analysis, hardware and software inventory, setting up a project management office, dependency analysis, and vendor management.  After a cloud vendor is evaluated and selected, we roll out plans to right-size capacity and performance, create the requisite architecture for high availability, implement automation to reduce migration time/ improve accuracy, re-engineer process for cloud, testing and switching to production.

Monitoring and governance
Play it right, play it by the rules, win each time!

Your organization could have multiple cloud deployments. With a change in hosting environments, new operating models and refreshed processes, it becomes necessary to revisit monitoring strategies and governance policies, allowing IT teams to monitor cloud usage and activity. For organizations of all sizes, the goal of cloud governance should be to ensure financial management and accountability, service consumption, operations, performance, security and privacy in order to balance value with tolerance and risk. This leads to optimal cost optimization, resiliency, security, and compliance. Our experienced team works at defining and standardizing policies using reference frameworks and best practice such as ITIL, COBIT 5, SOA Governance Framework and Balanced Scorecard. We also automate policy enforcement to deliver monitoring and management at scale.

Cloud monitoring and governance are amongst the most critical functions. They allow organizations to continue to benefit from their cloud investments without being suddenly surprised by the effects of insidious cloud sprawl, unnecessary auto-renewal of services, unused assets, shadow IT deploying their own tools adding to inefficiencies/ risks and outdated contractual terms.

DevSecOps
No compromise!

IT organizations know that security always lags behind development. This has been the nature of development. But there is increasing recognition that security is everyone’s problem, and with that recognition security is being implemented at the same pace as development and operations (DevSecOps). DevSecOps frameworks and tools are helping put in place a mechanism to prevent problems before they arise.

Our team, weaned on a “security first” culture, understands that DevSecOps is the fastest and most reliable way to implement security for cloud implementations. Our team focuses on using threat models and automation (ThreatModeler, Fortify, CodeAI, etc) to identify vulnerabilities before development along with version control management, misconfiguration prevention and identifying API vulnerabilities that result in incidents. The investments in DevSecOps are effectively balanced by a proportionate reduction in patch management, software upgrades and the consequences of legal and financial penalties resulting from compromised systems and data.

IOT
Making the most of IOT investments

With growing connectivity, every industry is investing in IoT in a bid to leverage real time data. The need for growing storage, compute power, security and remote availability are making cloud the ideal environment to manage IoT proliferation. Our IOT experts understand the complexities involved in managing a flood of real time data. They design cloud architectures, storage solutions, analytical engines, algorithms and security processes while ensuring that industry standards and regulatory norms are maintained – allowing customers to leverage their investments in edge devices, appliances, actuators, sensors and software with confidence.

Our ability to assess SaaS and PaaS platforms based on business requirements allows customers to quickly roll out their IOT strategies and create fresh insights, expose new opportunities and explore innovative business models.