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How to realize true, lasting value from the cloud

Explore the various aspects that come into play to accelerate and elevate your cloud journey.

November 16 2021Jonas Niessen

The relevance of cloud

Now a prerequisite for digital transformation, cloud paves the road to future IT—no wonder you find 90% of organizations use multiple cloud environments.

The global pandemic powerfully demonstrated the increasing requirement for agility. Every organization’s situation is different, requiring unique solutions to move forward. The cloud brings vital scalability, improved efficiency, and cost savings, but what does it take to achieve all of this?

Defining the context and your purpose

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Before embarking on your transformation journey, it is essential to view the cloud as not just a technology but a powerful catalyst that enables your business to innovate, explore new possibilities, and build a competitive advantage.

I have found that the most successful organizations are those that start with a clear vision and structure. That’s because well-defined, long-term business goals set the foundation for a holistic transformation strategy.

Hence, we recommend identifying business areas where the cloud can be a game-changer, focusing resources accordingly, while consistently ensuring alignment with overall business objectives and constraints.


A successful cloud strategy is the sum of your business goals, expertise, and IT,  security, and regulatory compliance needs. It consists of numerous coordinated steps that can affect every department.

You should consider the workloads in scope for migration and modernization alongside those that need to stay on-premise. Therefore, it is vital to align all stakeholders from the start to support processes and business units. 

Whether moving to the cloud or optimizing existing cloud capabilities, a  robust cloud migration framework is vital. The framework helps you devise a structured cloud transformation strategy and cloud adoption plan.

It starts with reviewing your existing business situation. For example:

  • What challenges can cloud help overcome?
  • Which applications need to be modernized, and how can they drive productivity and innovation?
  • What does the cost-benefit analysis look like?

Your answers will shape your business case for the cloud.

Re-imagining your business model

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Underlining the advantages of fundamental business change and rethinking business models, cloud-powered operations can unlock more than $1 trillion in shareholder value for industrial organizations.  

Cloud creates an opportunity to leverage AI and ML capabilities and real-time data analytics for faster and wiser decision-making. It is a significant enabler with its on-demand pricing models, scalable infrastructure, and pace of service and industry innovation.

And cloud-native strategies drive development productivity and efficiencies across various industry use cases. For instance, demand forecasting in retail, inventory optimization in the supply chain, predictive maintenance in manufacturing, and chatbots in customer service support, are some of the many ways cloud unleashes its true value.

The way forward

Organizations that employ a fail-fast strategy are the ones that truly innovate. Here are a few critical elements that will help you embrace this shift.

  • Start small and scale: Continuously optimize your IT and network infrastructure to stay ahead of the competition.
  • Map out clear goals: Have a vision of what you want to achieve with the cloud.
  • Focus on the big picture: Do not get too occupied with the initial investment and detailed planning. Consider the long-term business benefits.
  • Break down silos: Work collaboratively by involving all relevant areas of your organization in the planning from the start.
  • Adopt Cloud Frameworks: Partner with an expert cloud service provider like T-Systems, who will help you devise and execute a cloud migration strategy tailored to your needs.

Keep the engine running: Your cloud transformation journey never ends. Do not pull the plugs on optimizing your cloud solutions—it’s the key to remaining successful in the long run.

About the author

Jonas Niessen

Director, Cloud Adoption Services, T-Systems International GmbH

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