The global pandemic has affected small and big businesses alike as they moved to speed up their digital transformation from multi-year journey to weeks and months with many of them rolling out their innovation quickly to cope with the new normal.
Part of this strategic effort requires organisations to modernise their IT infrastructure and applications, by moving away from legacy systems and monolithic applications and investing in the cloud services to drive business continuity and succeed in marketplace.
Even as cloud promises flexibility, business continuity, efficiency and scalability, challenges still abound as organisations face problems ranging from integration issues, complexity of data management, quality and governance. In fact IDC Asia Pacific has unveiled that through 2022, all enterprises will struggle with application modernisation and data integration throughout cloud silos.
Organisations thus will need to look for ways to resolve these challenges as they move to modernise and accelerate their journey to the cloud.
Simplify Through Cloud-Native Approach
While the ‘lift and shift’ approach to migrate applications and data to the cloud is relatively less costly and faster compared to cloud-native options, companies need to realise that there are more values and innovation with cloud-native strategies and architectures where elasticity, scalability and flexibility are clearly more advantageous over the traditional approach.
Being able to move to modern, containerised, microservices-based applications and serverless architecture for instance, enable organisations to scale up and down based on business demands and thereby optimise on associated costs and compute requirements.
With complex business environments these days especially in current Covid-19 pandemic situation where employees are required to work remotely from home, the low-code/codeless and purpose-built tools found in cloud-native solutions would appeal to organisations that are looking to adapt quickly to the fast-changing environments.
In fact, everyone from developer to business analyst in the organisation can be empowered to create applications that can help fuel data-driven digital transformation with self-service experience.
By adopting a fully integrated intelligent cloud services platform that is based on codeless environment and powered by AI metadata to deploy tools for any data or application integration activities in any cloud, or multi-cloud environment, businesses can look to accelerate time to value and increase return on investment.
Tap on intelligent automation
With the right AI-powered cloud native solution, companies can gain productivity with reduced total cost of ownership by leveraging intelligent automation and machine learning recommendations for rapid development and operationalisation across the organisation.
Productivity can be fostered by empowering all types of users across the organisation and teams from developers, citizen integrators to business users through the reuse and self-service of cloud-native tools.
In addition, organisations can improve agility and reduce risks through automating governance and quality controls in their modernisation effort. By leveraging a holistic AI cloud native-based integrated governance offering end-to-end API lineage, companies can build and deliver more trusted data for their business.
In a nutshell, organisations can benefit from the intelligent data management to create and deliver meaningful insights for business decision making, avoid any cloud silos, improve operational excellence and efficiencies, shorten time to market and leapfrog in their business.
Accelerating at Scale
As the volumes of data and processes increase, organisations will require applications and services to scale to meet the demand. The elasticity and flexibility of cloud-native solutions will allow businesses to scale up and down based on evolving needs.
Choosing a solution that offers one platform where organisations can connect hundreds of applications at enterprise scale and at the speed the business requires will be pertinent.
In fact, organisations can scale faster as all users are empowered to connect through a single unified platform which they are capable of performing self-service, self-learning and self-optimising systems for better insights, better decision making for better business outcomes.
In today’s uncertain economic climate, every organisation continues to look for ways to keep themselves ahead of competition and remain agile and resilient in the market.
Businesses must take steps in ensuring they adopt the right solution for their cloud modernisation strategy. Without establishing the critical foundation of digital transformation, companies will find themselves struggling to survive in the world of uncertainties and disruptions.
Tony Frey is Vice President & General Manager, Informatica Asia Pacific & Japan