It may seem obvious, but the first step you need to take to take control of fragmented IT systems is to thoroughly understand what you’re dealing with.
This is usually easier said than done. When we worked with the loyalty and benefits company mentioned above, our key priority was to gain a comprehensive insight into its complex supplier arrangements, data centre hosting, cloud services, applications and infrastructure, budget structures and compliance obligations.
Only once that work had been done could we create a Data Centre and Cloud Services strategy to transform the client’s IT systems at every level. To deliver it, we undertook a three-step process:
1. Evaluating the business and the cloud
. This involved assessing the current state of the company’s IT, prioritising cloud initiatives and assessing value and readiness.
2. Mitigating key risks
. Here we identified cloud risks and roadblocks, building strategies to mitigate them.
3. Completing the cloud strategy
. This saw us define a strategic target state, review the impact on the business and finalise an action plan.
As a result of this process, we agreed an objective of designing and executing a global hosting strategy for the group business. Core to this consolidation was delivering a high proportion of software services from the public or private cloud, retiring those that were no longer needed and moving the different areas of the business to shared systems.
Every business is different, so creating a strategy for your company would be tailored to your own circumstances – and, most importantly, to your business goals. In the case of our client, a consolidation of services in the cloud led to the ongoing realisation of these objectives:Reducing costs
– Total data centre hosting operational costs are much lower.Consolidation
– The IT group can now operate as a global group capabilityAgility
– Data centre and application services for new business offerings can be delivered quickly.Focus
– IT resource allocation to business value-add requests and innovations has increased.
So, if you have undertaken mergers or acquisitions and you need expert insight on how to consolidate your IT and data systems, know that help is at hand. Get in touch today to learn how we can help.Why not read our case study on how we helped one of our clients on their cloud strategy and data centre migration