What does a company need in order to develop and implement a successful cloud strategy? With more than 50% of global enterprises predicted to rely on at least one public cloud platform in 2018, this is a question that deserves a closer look.
We’d argue that one of the most important components of any cloud initiative is an expert partner. Organizations thinking of developing cloud architecture or migrating to the cloud need a proven strategy and technology provider. An ideal partner will help them think through unique requirements, provide expert guidance, and deliver solutions that decrease time to market and improve capabilities.
While there are a lot of cloud technology outsourcers that claim to have this expertise, many focus on only a narrow slice of cloud capability. For example, some providers focus only on application development, while others focus primarily on storage or safety. Some may only have expertise with one specific cloud provider like AWS or Azure.
These types of outsourcers might work for a one-off cloud project, but as more and more companies migrate their operations and products to the cloud, a partner with more comprehensive expertise will be a better long-term fit. Outsourcers with a wide range of cloud capabilities are better positioned to grow with clients as their cloud strategy evolves.
So what capabilities should a company look for when choosing a cloud strategy and technology partner? Here are five areas of expertise that we recommend:
1. Cloud Architecture
Look for a partner that has experience designing and building both the front end and back end components necessary for a well-integrated cloud system. This means that the partner will be able to provide guidance on both the UI and the systems supporting cloud-based apps like servers, data storage, security, and so on.
2. Cloud Application Development
A partner should also have experience building applications designed specifically for the cloud. Cloud-native apps will perform better, are more resilient, and are easier to manage than client/server applications or virtualized remote desktop applications.
3. Multi-Cloud Expertise
While AWS is certainly the 800-pound-gorilla in the market, its competitors are rolling out changes and specializations to appeal to different market needs. Look for a provider that has expertise with several cloud providers, so they can evaluate services against your company’s specific needs and customize a strategy accordingly. For example, Dev IQ not only has expertise in AWS, but also works within Azure / Microsoft and Google Cloud Services.
Serverless is the next big thing in cloud computing. Look for a partner who understands the efficiencies that serverless can bring: faster development, on-demand scalability, and reduced spending on infrastructure. You’ll also want to find a partner who has expertise with the leader in serverless functionality, AWS Lambda. For more information about how Dev IQ approaches serverless, click here.
5. Replatforming & Cloud Migration
Moving custom apps and operations to the cloud enables organizations to act and react quickly and iteratively to changing environments. Look for a partner that implements quickly and tests rigorously to push iterative improvements based on automated app migration testing and user feedback. For more information about how Dev IQ approaches cloud migration and replatforming, click here.
Developing a robust cloud strategy and successfully building against it can be a complex, sometimes overwhelming process. That’s why finding the right cloud strategy and technology partner is so critical. For more information about Dev IQ’s cloud expertise, let’s connect.
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