Doing business in Asia is uniquely challenging because of the high degree of fragmentation in markets. To better maintain services, develop new products, and run regional operations on a day-to-day basis, organisations require infrastructure that can accommodate better business continuity, increased collaboration, and higher levels of automation all without drastically increasing capital expenditures or payroll costs.
A cloud-first approach is based on operations strategies where teams move all or most of their infrastructure to cloud-computing platforms like AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. Rather than relying on physical resources like on-site centres, businesses house their mission-critical infrastructure and sensitive data online.
These businesses have found that, beyond automating and simplifying business processes, cloud-based platforms are also much better than legacy systems at deriving actionable insights from large amounts of data.
In practice, this means using mostly (or only) cloud-based payroll systems, which are better able to integrate and process payroll data from countries; connecting remote offices over cloud-based communication and collaboration tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams; and analysing customer information on cloud-based platforms for a better understanding of customer behavior; to name a few.
Furthermore, given the pandemic and its impact on the economy, many companies have accelerated their shift to a more digital approach—one based on wholesale cloud adoption, enabling them to more easily respond to changing circumstances.
As more companies acquired competence over their cloud operations, they found that a cloud-first approach translates to greater resource accessibility, better products and services, and lower costs.
Before any cloud project, the organisation must assess its available resources and the current state of its IT environment. This helps determine if it is ready to migrate. You might develop your own readiness framework or work in tandem with your cloud provider to develop a full-fledged IT plan. Here are some questions we can help you answer:
A transition to the cloud is fundamentally a project, and it follows the same steps as any other major project or undertaking. You should collect resources and crucial information at the beginning, and the initiative should be clearly linked back to the business’ direction as a whole.