Transforming The Way You Do Business Data centers are the backbones of many organizations. From internal services such as email and collaboration software, to customer facing services such as portals and applications, organizations rely on the data center to support vital areas of their business. It is important that these organizations stay up to date with the latest technologies and processes to keep up with growing demands. One way to accomplish this is by adopting cloud computing models. The problem is that many organizations still rely on traditional data centers that were not created with the possibilities enabled by cloud computing in mind. This puts their business capabilities at risk. Technology-Driven Disruption is Providing Exponential Growth Opportunities Technology is opening entirely new markets and creating innovative ways to serve customers. More and more organizations push digital innovation beyond experimentation to drive competitive advantage, and continuously deliver value. At the same time, app-driven disruption provides exponential growth opportunities for organizations that are ready to tap into the power of applications. ‘Traditional’ companies are using cloud technology and investing in application modernization to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Pressure is Mounting for Organizations to Stay Relevant and Get Ahead We are now in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Few decades back we saw the advent of steam, water, and mechanical production. After Mechanical revolution we saw the division of labor, electricity, and mass production, in the late 19th Century, electronics, IT, and automated production emerge, and now in this Industrial Revolution 4.0 we are blurring the physical and the digital divide. All over the world, people have access to technology that only a few years ago seemed impossible. Farmers in are using cheap mobile phones to learn and share farming tips on Facebook. Villagers in remote areas of Uganda are using personal solar units for electricity, paying the monthly lease through their smartphone—phones that are enabled because of their solar units. There are now more mobile devices than there are people on this planet—virtually everyone, everywhere has mobile access to the internet, social media and the masses of data behind them. As a result, the expectation is not only for mobile access to services but also for a seamless, customer-friendly user experience that is seen in apps and on popular social media sites. In this age of rapid digital transformation, new technology and public expectation are defining a new digital standard. …………and it also impacts organization’s ability to reduce cost. Maintaining Aging Technology Also Creates Barriers As the business world moves into the digital space to meet the next generation of customers, employees and partners, create new efficiencies, and compete globally, organizations can’t view applications the same way as before – they must take them to the next level. Are your applications ready for this new tomorrow? Causing a Reactive Approach that Falls Short In today’s world, limited budgets and long to-do lists often lead to infrequent inspections. An engineering team inspects a bridge deeming it structurally deficient. Back in the office, the manager receives the call from the engineer. To the manager’s dismay, the bridge will have to be closed to traffic almost immediately. Since the bridge is a major thoroughfare, this will pose a significant challenge to traffic flow. To make matters worse, the manager realizes there isn’t sufficient budget to repair the bridge until the following year. Delays and breakdowns of public transportation drive citizens to take personal, single-occupancy vehicles further contributing to traffic congestion. When a bus breaks down, a repair crew is called to the scene. The crew arrives onsite, but they don’t have the tools they need to make the fix. They will have to come back later with the right tools. Meanwhile rider satisfaction plummets. Flooded water systems can result in millions of dollars of damage within minutes. Without a way to predict failures before they occur, authorities spend an inordinate amount of time and money cleaning up messes instead of preventing them. When citizens do attempt to engage with the authorities and report incidents like a streetlight outage, they often must wait for a busy call center to take their report. They are then left without an estimated resolution date. When they walk past the streetlight the next night and see that it is still out, they lose confidence that the authorities and institutions will make a timely fix and start to wonder why they went to all the trouble of reporting in the first place. Meanwhile, thousands of other citizens have passed the same light while it was out and failed to report it as they were unaware of a way to do so. Finally, at the end of the fiscal quarter, the public works director receives printed reports only to see that despite modernization efforts, expenses and equipment failure rates are up, while citizen satisfaction continues to decline. To keep up, concerned authorities must: Look for ways to drive citizen engagement. Citizen engagement is a crucial component to building trust and optimizing services to fit the unique needs of a unique population – in fact, a recent report shows that citizen’s likelihood to trust institutions increases by 58% if they provide access to a great digital experience. An important component of this is delivering anytime, anywhere access to services. Advance beyond a reactive approach to deliver proactive service. By implementing IoT-empowered predictive maintenance to detect trouble before it arises, repairs to infrastructure systems can be completed proactively saving time, money and promoting citizen trust. Predictive maintenance solutions implemented today have been shown to reduce equipment downtime by an average of 50% – with the advent of advanced machine learning, efficiency will only continue to grow. Continue to streamline processes. fair amount of hours can be saved annually through AI and automation. This frees up employees to focus on improvement projects rather than routine, rhythm of the business activities. Costs are being pushed up and continue to rise, largely due to a growing population who are living and working longer. The natural consequence is increasing demand for a higher standard and wider variety of public services, further driven by increased consumer experience expectations. ————-However, meeting these demands is no simple task. A Modernization Strategy Drives Innovation + Growth By Adopting Cloud Computing and following Digital Transformation, it helps organizations to: Remove 80% of administrative tasks, allowing the organization to focus on application innovation, not administrative tasks. The organization used to spend significant time on server patching, networking setup, firewall configuration, and many other server-related tasks now included with Azure PaaS.” Increase advanced data analysis. “By moving to Azure, we get away from managing core infrastructure and instead focus on making innovative services available to the company. “We’ve made a big change in the way we connect with our customers, By using sophisticated data analysis, we are able to make a personal connection that stands out in the vast sea of information that washes over us all every day.” “By 2020, more than 50% of enterprises will run mission-critical, containerized applications in production” Transformation for Your Data Center. Positive Outcomes for Your Business Benefit from Proven Transformation Process Discover, Access, Prepare and Migrate Leverage Lesson learned from industry users Discover how a collaborative team and innovation platform can drive true transformation Realize the true promise of the CLOUD Minimize cost, risk, and disruption Benefit from scalability, flexibility, and API advantages Achieve new capabilities and deliver new services and experiences that propel you ahead of the competition Move Beyond Simple Migration Create a Clear Business Case Execute on a detailed transformation road-map Build Out a Modern Data Center Measure Business Result Failing to Use Latest Put Your Business at Risk Outdated Technology Aging Technology enabling data breaches Lack of digital transformation and journey Operation Inefficiencies Struggle to stay relevant and get ahead Inefficiencies in delivery processes and customer service A reactive approach to operations that falls short End of Support End of life for Servers No access to critical security updates, risking business interruptions Organizations may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations What We Get OnCloud Pay Less and Get More by running any part of your business in the cloud – on your terms and timeline Modernize and Scale with Flexibility by Migrating Server Apps to Cloud and bridging existing infrastructure at your own pace Update and Protect Applications with Unmatched Security and Business Continuity to Protect from Threats Spend Less Time Managing Servers that are running locally and more time adding business value Respond Quickly to Changes with the ability to add capacity during peak seasons and reduce it when you need less Pay Only for What YOU Use for short or seasonal cloud needs or pay a predictable rate for AlwaysON critical Services Manage CLOUD Cost with tools that easily track utilization Modernize and Scale with Flexibility Access Enterprise Grade Infrastructure without having to run your own on-premises servers and storage by running Servers on Cloud Virtual Machines Migrate Business Critical Apps with surprising ease when you’re ready and at your own pace, by migrate one, a few, or all your apps at once Get Unlimited Innovation by building new apps on Cloud to better serve your customers – such as web apps with chat bots Simplify Server Management by using Windows Admin Center to manage Windows Server in Azure and on your own servers Update and Protect Applications Guard Against Threats using built-in security features across on-premises and cloud deployments Stay Up and Running with full backup and recovery to the cloud Make App Access Easy With secure single sign-on so that employees can safely access their apps and devices from anywhere Protect Apps Running Latest Servers by upgrading to the latest version in Azure or stay protected with 3 more years of extended security updates At the End I must say ‘There is no better time than now to shift on Cloud‘. Act of GOD like COVID-19 has transformed the world and entire human kind. People have become much more sentimental and generous. IT is helping every body from school and college students to workers on the road by offering new set of tools and practices that was not quite prevalent before pandemic. Organizations must undergo a technological shift from traditional data centers to hybrid data centers that can easily utilize the cloud computing paradigm. This usually entails an overall data center transformation initiative. Organizations confronted with the challenge of transforming their data centers can be overwhelmed at the prospect and may find it challenging to determine what aspects of their data center really need to change and how to prioritize those changes. They will require a mechanism that takes them from current state to their desired long term vision in a way that aligns with their business objectives. This will include a list of projects, people, skill-sets, processes, the capabilities they deliver and required services which closely alight to business objectives and can be measured over time.