Digital Transformation

Cloud drives digital transformation and business process re-engineering

Assessing Cloud Proposals
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As organizations adopt a cloud first strategy in public cloud there are solutions that are still better suited to private cloud or on-premises.

Cloud solutions should map to your organization’s Cloud Strategy. They should be sustainable technically and financially. They should meet security and risk criteria.

Discover a framework for doing cloud assessments.

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Strategic Direction Seminar
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To support your continued growth in the global market we provide executive-level technology consulting. Our thought leaders engage with your business and technology executives to formulate cloud strategies that support digital transformation and the creation of complex hybrid and cloud native environments.

Our strategic services encompass strategic advice, governance, architecture, cost control, roadmap creation, assessment, migration, process transformation, cloud native development and the operation of hybrid IT and multi-cloud platforms.

  • Lead executive-level strategy and envisioning sessions.
  • Formulate a cloud strategy that will achieve your desired outcomes.
  • Work with you to describe a cloud journey having a focus on real business value.
  • Help your cloud teams navigate complex transformational journeys to deliver a rich value stream.
  • Guide your technology approach across the IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Digital Platform and Cloud Native landscape.
Cloud Funding Model
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Organizations face a financial challenge in funding cloud projects: how do we get from a funding model that uses capital expenditures (CapX) to one that uses operational expenses (OpX). IT projects were always long-term capital investments, usually based on a 10-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) financial analysis; whereas cloud services are recurring subscriptions taxed as an operational expense. The cloud service life cycle is more like three years than 10.

Capital investments are for purchasing assets. For tax purposes, they are depreciated over a period of years. However, cloud subscriptions are taxed in the year incurred as an operational expense paid out of the annual budget. Operational expenses can be fixed, like rent, or variable. Cloud services are a variable expense based on usage. How do you manage this?

Cloud funding model describes how to transition from a CapX model for IT to a sustainable OpX model for cloud subscriptions.

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Executive Seminar on Cloud Governance
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Catching the Wave is an overview for executives of cloud governance and accountability in cloud projects. Over the course of half a day you will gain an understanding of the extraordinary wave of change brought about by ‘the world as software code’, which threatens to overwhelm our capacity to guide technology.

To manage this business transformation, we provide you with the tools and conceptual framework to drive this organizational change. In 12 modules you will review the basic cloud types and deployment models, and the benefits of the cloud. You will learn a comprehensive governance and accountability framework for the cloud based on the five principles of alignment, value delivery, resource management, risk management and performance management. Finally, we present a high-level roadmap for implementing a governance framework.

Take-aways include an eBook presenting a  Cloud Governance Framework.

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Choosing the Right Cloud
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Choosing the right cloud type and cloud deployment model starts with categorization of data based on business value and the assignment of an appropriate Security Control Profile. Only then can you choose the right Cloud Service Model for deployment.

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Developing a Cloud Business Case
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Writing a cloud business case can be difficult. Many organizations want to see a 10-year TCO comparison with the equivalent on-premises infrastructure. This ignores the fundamental difference between one-time capital expenditures for depreciated physical assets and ongoing operational expenses for annual subscriptions.

Cloud services are also evolving constantly, so anything longer than three years is fiction. After three years you will be forced to use a constant cost or one that increases with inflation; whereas real cloud prices could be going down. Fiction.

Conversely, while using the cloud is usually gross less expensive it can be net more expensive over the longer term. This is because of the loss of tax advantage in depreciation. For this reason, on larger cloud projects, you may still need a 10-year TCO and the services of an accountant to help with the calculations.

Learn how to manage these issues and others in an effective business case that demonstrates business value. A business case should be as succinct as possible, so don’t feel that you need to include every topic described in this course.

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Applying Cloud Governance Principles
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Graphic:https://delimiter.com.au/statement-of-principles/

Applying Cloud Governance Principles presents an oversight framework for the IT cloud based on five basic governance principles, and Agile and Lean practices.

The framework is based on best industry practices, and is mature with >60 checklists to ensure a practical and effective governance process. It will be challenging to adopt in organizations wedded to linear thinking and/or a classical waterfall environment for projects. Adopting the framework will enable digital transformation.

Assessment phase

Interactive table for the assessment phase

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To enable digital transformation, module 7 uses the cloud life cycle to organize the governance checklists for easy look-up during daily work. A worker can navigate to an activity and find the related checklists. Checklists such as CL-04 are displayed in drop-down fashion and can be printed if desired. Module 7 includes GDPR checklists.

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Digital Transformation
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The cloud, along with mobile, is central to digital transformation but it is not easy to change large organizations. Discover how to overcome challenges in cost management; security; project management; and how to plan for success and drive cultural change.

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Developing a Cloud Strategy
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An enterprise-wide cloud strategy should make an organization far more successful in achieving its vision for digital transformation, and at using the cloud to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase business agility and responsiveness.

A strategy is important because each type of cloud service responds to different needs. There is no single cloud approach that is best for everyone. That’s why each business should develop its own cloud strategy.

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Cloud Governance Introduction
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IT governance is well established with a wide choice of frameworks. Cloud governance is less well developed. Although it is closely related to IT governance it has many concerns that are different. It’s possible to adapt existing frameworks like ITIL but better still to adopt lean and agile principles that align with the business and add value.

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