Is Cloud Computing Adoption A "Forced Move"?
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Is Cloud Computing Adoption A “Forced Move”?

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Companies all over the world are marching for cloud computing adoption. On the one hand, you read everywhere about all the benefits the cloud has to offer to organizations. On the other hand, you see more and more people pursuing careers in the cloud.

The cloud is growing at a speed and scale that you cannot neglect!

When you see a crowd marching towards somewhere, what is your first reaction? Exactly! What is going on? Have you asked the same question in the cloud context as well?

What is going on that these companies are all marching to “cloudify” themselves?

Is Cloud Adoption A “Forced Move”?

Well, yes and no. You may argue that there should be a driving force behind any action anyways.  You are right! But if you are a chess player, you know that a “forced move” refers to a move that a player must make to respond to a threat posed by an opponent. Which greatly limits the ways in which he can respond.

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Yes, because there are internal and external factors that indeed force a company to make the move to the cloud without leaving it many options. Let’s not go too far. According to the state of the report by Flexera, companies have increased their cloud usage due to the pandemic:

Cloud Computing Adoption - Change from Planned Cloud Usage Due to COVID-19

Today’s firms have to innovate and come up with new service offerings to survive. And this is not achieved easily. This is where the cloud comes as the most feasible choice one must take. It offers many built-in services, from cloud security to quickly building & running modern applications on a pay-as-you-go basis.

No, because the cloud has a lot of benefits that companies want to leverage. No secret that the cloud has been the major fuel for the digital transformation that has changed our world drastically. Companies leverage cloud for many different reasons among which are modern data platforms, off-the-shelf AI/ML services, serverless architectures, etc.

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Cloud Computing Adoption Does Not Mean Immediate Success

In the end, whether a company initiated “cloud computing adoption” forcefully or willingly, there is one rule that holds true for all. Both should avoid falling into the trap of confusing simply moving IT systems to the cloud with the transformational strategy needed to get the full value of the cloud.

As McKinsey confirms, by taking and moving your IT landscape to the cloud (aka “lift-and-shift”) you will not get the most out of it. In fact, in some cases, that approach can result in IT architectures that are more complex, cumbersome, and costly than before.

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Adil Gurbanov
Adil is a managing technology consultant at Digital & Emerging Tech of EY Technology Consulting in Amsterdam. Well-versed in the cloud and emerging tech in general, he has designed and led the development of various strategic cloud-based SaaS solutions and worked extensively on large-scale transformation engagements with top-tier organizations.

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