Would you consider rebuilding your house without engaging the services of an architect? Probably not. They’ve seen countless previous projects similar to yours and they can spot patterns – and advise you on what works and what doesn’t.
So would you consider migrating your IT infrastructure and applications to ‘the cloud’ without a Cloud Architect? You would be surprised how many try it.
To be clear, I’m talking about someone with knowledge across a wide range of cloud patterns. Cloud isn’t just about lift-and-shift of a data centre to virtual servers. Nor is just about OpenStack or Cloud Foundry or SaaS. Cloud is about applying different techniques and strategies appropriately for each situation, in the same way that a building architect uses different physical materials, lighting and texture to produce an end result.
A good Cloud Architect will advise you on the best approach to take for each part of your IT landscape, whether that’s your legacy mainframe and ERP environment, your test and development suite, or your modern innovation and disruption platform, and will keep this advice grounded in the needs of the business.
Moving to cloud can be an upheaval, but it is also an opportunity if managed correctly. For instance, it could be the perfect chance to try new application patterns, such as microservices and APIs, or to look at new technologies such as cognitive solutions, Internet of Things or Blockchain. It is critical to have someone who understands these approaches and how they fit together, and who can give sensible advice on how to adopt them in your own environment.
So if you’re planning your move to cloud, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that one size fits all – there are many routes to take. Engage a good Cloud Architect and you’re half-way there.