According to a survey conducted by Mongo DB, “only 28% of technology teams’ time is spent working on defining and building new features and applications, compared to a whopping 72% of time managing infrastructure and completing administrative tasks and projects.”
In order to allow developers more time to be innovative and come up with new ideas, and spend less time on operational and administrative tasks, building a cloud modernization strategy is key to your organization’s success. The lack of innovation development time can lead to long release cycles for new features, lost revenue due to missed opportunities, operational inefficiencies, lost productivity and inability to support changing compliance regulations. With more time dedicated to innovation and quicker technology deployment, organizations can generate more customer value and increase customer trust.
Success can look different for every organization, but typically when developing a modernization strategy, organizations realize the following benefits:
Successful modern digital businesses tend to have the following characteristics:
To build a modern development culture, focus on the following three pillars:
1. People: Organize for value
People drive the innovation, not the technology. Small, decentralized teams are more nimble than a large centralized team and can more easily own and run what they build.
2. Processes: Automate, enable and self-service as much as possible with continuous improvement
Create guardrails, not tollbooths. Tollbooths slow you down when driving on the highway because you must come to a complete stop. Enable your teams to move as quickly as possible by automating everything or creating a “guardrail” that would enable a driver to stay in their lane but continue moving. Automate, enable and self-service to scale by:
3. Technology: Offload the heavy lifting
Focus on building apps and not infrastructure. Cloud platforms like AWS enable organizations to go serverless, so builders have less heavy lifting to do. AWS can do the heavy lifting for you by using their compute, databases, storage, messaging and analytics services. Or use managed services to help ease the operational load of team members.
Once you have a modernization strategy in place, you can scale it across the organization by following these six steps:
1. Form a Cloud Center Of Excellence Enablement (CCOE) with these team characteristics:
2. Deliver strategic “light house” modernized workloads
3. Build reusable patterns, reference architecture and shared services
4. Build a community with internal evangelists
5. Establish a clear vision and support from leadership
6. Establish operational principals and guardrails such as:
Building a cloud modernization strategy can be complicated and requires the collaboration of a variety of groups within an organization, so it’s important to ensure sponsorship from the leadership group. They can help the broader organization understand the scope of the project and develop a top-down target goal and clear timeframe for completion.
At Baker Tilly Digital, we like to utilize AWS’s Experience Based Acceleration (EBA) approach to help our clients accelerate and unblock adoption within an organization. Hosting an in-person EBA can allow organizations to bring the right stakeholders and experts together to spend time proving out the concept and working together to develop a solution.
A few benefits we typically see at the conclusion of a successful EBA include:
If your organization is ready to get started building a cloud modernization strategy, Baker Tilly Digital can work alongside you through each step of the process. As an Advanced Tier Services Partner of AWS, Baker Tilly Digital uses AWS products to help clients build and scale a modernization strategy based on their current technology portfolio and operational business needs. We work with our clients to help ease their operational workload and design an implementation road map, putting solutions in place to propel their business forward. Connect with our team to learn how your organization can achieve modernization at scale.