The future of enterprise is cloud. But how do you start your cloud migration, and ensure it progresses quickly without jeopardizing mission-critical processes? Frank Strecker discusses what you need to do at key stages from planning to governance to implementation, as well as the benefits of T-Systems’ work with the Microsoft Azure public cloud infrastructure – achieving results for customers, quickly and securely.
In a recent round-table webinar jointly hosted by T-Systems and Microsoft, T-Systems CEO Adel Al-Saleh was asked what he saw as the future of the cloud. His response was simple: The future is cloud .
I fully agree – and that’s not just because I am responsible for T-Systems’ cloud business. Just look at the facts. Since the start of 2020, the acceleration of digitization has been mind-boggling. Schools, medical facilities, businesses – these all went digital in the space of a few weeks. Microsoft announced that its Teams communication platform grew to 115 million daily active users. E-commerce saw its strongest growth in a decade, according to McKinsey’s report on how COVID-19 is changing consumer behavior. The cloud is what powered this transformation; what allowed businesses and public infrastructures to scale up their connected operations within a finite investment model.
It is also what saw our co-operation with Microsoft, which has existed for some 20 years, move to the next level: a holistic partnership, combining the global footprint of the Microsoft Azure public cloud infrastructure with T-Systems’ expertise in managing mission-critical, complex systems in a cloud environment.
We characterize this partnership as a ‘down-to-earth’ experience. It’s about getting things done, quickly and securely. Central to this is a joint commitment that the client comes first: both companies are always looking for outcomes that clients benefit from. That’s one of the reasons why, through the T-Systems partnership with Microsoft, we offer a ‘one-stop shop’ cloud service: it’s simpler, and cheaper, for the customer. When we jointly invest in our clients’ success, everybody wins.
At T-Systems, we have pivoted to an ambitious new strategy: Public cloud first. This is a major shift, but drawing on our 13-year experience as cloud pioneers, we are convinced it is right. If enterprises don’t adopt this approach, they can all too easily find rationales to hold back their digitization. Instead of identifying what on-site services need to be preserved, we encourage clients to do the opposite: identify what can be fast-tracked for cloud migration.
What form of cloud does this result in? To answer this, I’d like to go back to the round-table, where Adel al-Saleh and Microsoft executive vice president Jean-Philippe Courtois revealed their vision of the future of cloud. It is based on hybrids: managed multi-cloud solutions combining the flexibility of public cloud with the closeness of edge solutions, on a best-in-breed basis. There will be a ‘long tail’ of persistent on-premises applications, determined on the basis of security and data regulations.
For an individual enterprise, getting there can feel daunting. But that’s where T-Systems can step in, with our Cloud Migration Framework. Leveraging T-Systems’ experience of transforming workloads, our framework operates in a structured manner to help assess clients’ status quo and focus on their daily needs, business requirements and regulatory environment. The upshot is that they can migrate to the cloud faster and without fears over mission-critical processes.