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Our Approach to

Life in the Cloud

SoftwareONE's Approach to Life in the Cloud

It’s no secret that more and more organizations are moving to the cloud. As your organization gears up for migration, however, you should look into how a cloud service provider can lend a helping hand.

Here at SoftwareONE, we know that the move to the cloud is exciting, as it opens up many doors of opportunity. As you make the switch, your main priority should be proper execution, and our main priority is helping you do so. From preventing overspend to ensuring security, keep reading to learn more about SoftwareONE’s approach to life in the cloud.

Organizations Are Lacking Accountability

Organizations are moving to the cloud at an accelerated pace - especially to hybrid models. This will have a growing impact in the coming years. According to Gartner, IT spending on cloud services will increase to approximately $216 billion by the year 2020. As more and more of the IT budget gets doled out to cloud services, your organization has to stay aware of the consequences.

When looking at cost specifically, there are two issues that must be considered. The first of these challenges would be making sure you are optimizing the cloud configuration. Whereas purchasing on-premises hardware provides you with capacity to grow, the cloud is different. You would provision enough for now and then increase the capacity as needed. If you aren’t shifting as you go, you will end up paying for capacity that you’re not using and wasting your money.

The second cost-related challenges is the ability to make changes and add servers quickly and easily on the cloud. With on-premises, you have to go through procurement to buy the hardware in order to do so. Therefore, costs were controlled. When it comes to the cloud, you will have to consider how to provide cost controls in a different way. This will protect your spend without removing the speed value of having cloud compute available.

It is also important to be aware of cloud sprawl as another issue that has become more prevalent. Cloud sprawl occurs when an organization does not partake in proper cloud management or keep track of every instance of cloud usage. For many of the same reasons as shadow IT, this could result in overspending while putting your organization at risk.

The Core Capabilities Needed

After you move to the cloud, you have to ensure that you know how to maintain your organization’s environment. Let’s break down some SoftwareONE’s core capabilities for helping your organization’s cloud management:

Internal Resources

Working with a cloud service provider that has a wealth of knowledge on the subject is going to make the overall process much smoother for you and your organization. As the largest reseller of Azure globally, we’ve become a leader in assisting customers with their cloud consumption.

End to End Approach

We have an end to end approach to make sure your organization is consuming the cloud effectively. Some of the benefits include:

  • We have advisory services to help your organization align on how the cloud will work best for you. It’s important that we don’t take a one size fits all approach, and want to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • SoftwareONE also has delivery services to accelerate your vision across your business. So after we’ve created the perfect approach, we help you implement.
  • Lastly, we also have cloud managed services to reduce the operational overhead on maintaining the cloud platform. Maintenance is going to be the most challenging aspect of the cloud, and we want to support you throughout.

Automation & Ease of Use

Life in the cloud doesn’t have to be complex, and SoftwareONE uses automation to make that a reality. We aim to keep things as simple as possible by working alongside your company to design a strategy that will work for your entire organization. Through the Dynamic Resource Model (DRM), we aim to provide the right people with the right skills to meet your cost timeline and objectives. From planning to migration, it is imperative that we make sure you never become overwhelmed by the complexities of a cloud environment. By automating the process and using the best in breed tools, your cloud operations will become optimized, secure, and your risk will be reduced.

Security

The security of your organization’s environment is one of the single most important aspects of maintaining the cloud. As mentioned above, shadow IT and cloud sprawl both pose threats to your organization’s security. At SoftwareONE, we pair companies with trusted advisors that help to make sure you’re not at risk and use automated Managed Security Services to identify threats.

Complete Visibility

You’ll need complete visibility into which software licenses you own, where they’re being used, and who is using them. This will ensure compliance, which again will stave off risk.

Why Organizing Your Cloud Deployments Matters

Organizing your cloud deployments assists in preparing for the future of your workplace. Office life as we know it will continue to evolve, and it is in every organization’s best interest to have a plan that can grow as advancements come.

Building out a current and future roadmap is a great way to get an idea of what your future spend will be like. One of the biggest potential issues is overspending, and a roadmap will help to combat this by allowing you to budget for potential costs. It is important to keep everything organized and accounted for within your organization’s cloud environment so that your IT budget is not being spent on any unnecessary assets. Our AzureSimple solution goes beyond spend visibility and budget tracking. You will be able to take advantage of pay as you consume spending and cloud support for technical issues. After all, the majority of overspending comes from a lack of visibility and improper monitoring. Building an advanced roadmap using these features will help you to optimize what you’re spending in the cloud.

Additionally, our approach includes a strong belief that every organization should be able to take advantage of a “pay-as-you-grow” structure. Your environment is going to expand over time, and your costs should be optimized as that happens. With a platform such as PyraCloud, you’d be able to view and predict costs across all of your cloud resources. This way, you’ll be able to compare what you’re spending to what you had planned to spend.

What the Next Chapter Holds

The workplace is changing. Soon, you could be experiencing sophisticated methods such as automation designed to take on time-consuming administrative tasks. No matter the advancement, the services you choose to move forward with should prepare your organization for the future as cloud offerings and usage evolves.

Begin Your Journey to the Cloud

If you would like to learn more about our approach to the cloud, take a closer look at a few of our cloud offerings.

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Mathew Showers

Global Best Practice Manager - Technology Services

Data Backup, BackupSimple

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