The time has come. Your data destination is on the horizon. You're ready to architect your journey to the cloud - but how do you get there? Listen in, Exception has some special secrets to share.

Creating a strong and reliable cloud architecture is essential for long-term IT and enterprise success. Unfortunately, many cloud architectures are constructed haphazardly over several years, failing to meet the demands imposed by rapidly evolving technologies and business requirements.

Here are three vital steps to plan ahead for the journey, whether you’re building your first cloud architecture, your existing cloud structure is aging or you’re not realising their anticipated value.

1. Your Cloud architecting needs are king

The puzzling part of cloud services is the sheer breadth and depth of services available. This is why it’s critical to know your architecting needs. Taking the time to understand your current, emerging and potential needs will help you whittle down, evaluate and select the right cloud services.
Where potential needs are concerned, don’t get caught up in the idea of having to know the future, but understand what it takes to exit from a cloud service. This way, you’ll already understand whether the benefits outweigh the costs when you evolve or outgrow a particular service, or a better alternative enters the market.
Always ensure any decisions about architecture are rooted in your organisation’s needs, whether these are functional or non-functional requirements. Architectures not rooted in business needs are “vanity projects” drawing on the disastrous premise of “if we build it, they will use it”. This is proven to be untrue over many years.

2. Scale or fail your cloud solutions

If you architect yourself into a position where you cannot scale (up or down) as required then you are in trouble. Many peers in various industries have found themselves in the unenviable position of having evidence to support a change but are unable to do so. These changes can be driven by cost optimisation data, performance data or even the moving of workload from one service to another. A fundamental expectation on supporting business change is knowing how services can be adjusted to support change. It is critical that cloud / enterprise architects and business owners embed scalability into strategies, option appraisals, contracts and organisational thinking. Having a scalable solution supports business change. Not having one may hinder it.

3. Tackle your challenges head on

Whether you are a business leader with years of experience, a 20-year industry veteran of the digital world or a newcomer, we all have prejudices. These are not inherently bad, they are simply the result of the knowledge we have gained through our experiences. These prejudices, however, lead to challenges and a journey to the cloud is no exception.  Such misconceptions may include the “Cloud is not secure”, “I need to know where my data is”, “The costs will spiral out of control” or “We can’t get the necessary skills”.

It is fair to say all of these, and many more, have been true at certain times and under certain conditions. It is critical that, in architecting your journey to the cloud, you invite these challenges and tackle them head on. If you do not, they will disrupt at a later stage.

An open, honest conversation is often more useful than glossing over the issue.

As a leading UK digital solutions firm, Exception’s cloud services specialise in architecting cloud migration journeys and moving legacy technologies onto the cloud.

The result? It all adds up to being faster to transform, faster to innovate and faster to market at lower costs.

Contact Exception to discover how we’ll digitally transform your organisation in 2020.

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