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Get your head around the Cloud
As with any big idea that rocks the technology world, there’s a lot of confusion about Cloud Computing services and what they mean in business. We all see the potential for cheaper and faster, but that’s just the beginning. Cloud makes it possible to do entirely new things, too. From business model innovation to breakthroughs in information technology (IT) service delivery, value opportunities abound if you know where to look. And we can help. Whether you’re just getting started with your Cloud strategy, or working to get more value from current initiatives, we can help you make smarter decisions every step of the way.
Today more than ever, organisations need to secure their competitive advantage and cope with the volatility and the ever increasing globalisation of markets. While facing these challenges, CXO’s should consider IT as an enabler for their strategy. This is especially the case as a technological shift is occurring in the IT space in the form of Cloud Computing.
Cloud Computing is based on the convergence of Internet technologies, virtualisation, and IT standardisation. Cloud Computing provides users with elastic, scalable, and flexible IT capabilities, using on-demand provisioning and pay-as-you-go services. Deloitte sees Cloud Computing as the next step in the evolution of IT services. We expect continued growth and increased enterprise adoption of Cloud Computing, and a major shift in the IT industry which will disrupt suppliers and reshape vendor roles. Cloud Computing is transforming enterprise IT from traditional structures to more nimble, flexible, and affordable architectures.
From a technology standpoint, Cloud is an important evolution of virtualisation, automation, management, and operations discipline. From a business perspective, it is all that and more. Companies have rarely had the freedom and agility implied through Cloud services today. How you architect your own approach – how you combine and recombine the growing array of services available – will drive the benefits you gain.
Challenges of Cloud Computing
|Data controls||Who owns the data? How is it to be used? Are controls in place?|
|Security and Privacy||How is security achieved? What is the level of privacy protection?|
|Audit & Assurance||Are there risk management controls to applications and data?|
|Tax and Legal||Can you meet needs for legal compliance and tax issues?|
|Backup and Disaster recovery||Are data backup, retention, disaster recovery practices sufficient?|
|Vendor "lock-in"||Is the vendor limiting interoperability or access to your data?|
|IT Operations||What IT services and applications are best suited for the Cloud?|
|IT Readiness||Are internal IT architecture and organisation structures “ready”?|
Benefits of Cloud Computing
- End-user self service – automating the process of customers subscribing to Cloud services, as well as provisioning those services.
- Location independence and multi-tenancy with regards to service provisioning and delivery 3. IP ubiquity – enabling access anytime and anyplace there is a network connection.
- Elastic performance and load – the ability to scale both up and down period by period.
- Elastic pricing and contract terms – the ability of subscribers to buy services “by the drink”.
We see significant IT industry disruptions resulting from the evolution of Cloud Computing and adoption of alternate sources of supply for products and services.
- Enterprises are increasingly procuring Cloud Computing services which align with their operations risk tolerance.
- Flexibility and speed to market are driving businesses to demand Cloud Computing solutions directly, consuming IT as a service, not as products, and creating de facto competitors for companies’ internal IT organizations.
- For IT vendors, Cloud Computing is the new basis of competition, putting great pressure on incumbents.
- Within a few years, the IT industry structure may be significantly transformed, both the concentration of sectors and the industry leaders.
The real power of Cloud Computing is in the potential to re-think and re-design IT architectures at a fundamental level. Companies that gain early experience will be best positioned to harness new architectural approaches to re-shape the broader business landscape.
Cloud Computing - Long Term Advantages
Cloud Computing architectures hold long-term potential to enhance IT's ability to provide significant business impact. Cloud Computing shows a path towards more dynamic and innovative IT capabilities, to support agile, flexible architectures and enterprise operations.
Deloitte can help you achieve rapid, rigorous deployment using our Enterprise Value Delivery for Cloud Computing method
Cloud Computing - The Deloitte Approach
|In this new environment, Deloitte provides a comprehensive set of services for clients to adopt Cloud Computing. We can help clients migrate to Cloud Computing with an approach that balances risks while maximizing opportunities|
|Strategy, Architecture & Integration|
|Solution||Assists clients to develop and implement Cloud Computing, at every stage of adoption:
Is it the right solution?
Are Cloud services cost-effective?
How do we seamlessly integrate the Cloud Computing service with our pre-existing IT landscape?
|Solution||Assist clients to shape new governance frameworks to align to Cloud services, and help establish policies and comply with regulations, while keeping data secure and private.|
|Questions answered||Who owns the data? How is it to be used? Are controls in place?|
|IT Security, Risk & Compliance|
|Solution||Assist clients to set the balance between control and efficiency – to protect corporate data and personal privacy – with a framework to enforce the required rules, with a focus on "access management" and "trust“.|
How do we manage risk and regulatory compliance when we no longer have control of infrastructure or data?
|Tax & Legal Compliance|
|Solution||Align client’s tax processes to address potential issues and opportunities in this complex cross-border environment.|
Can we gain tax benefits by using Cloud Computing services?
|Solution||Assists clients to easily mine the intelligence embedded in their growing data warehouses. Services such as pricing studies and profitability analyses are shifting to the Cloud, with providers concentrating their specialized capabilities, automating the analytics process, and driving down the cost of gaining business insight.|
Assists clients with an effective change management strategy. Teams can engage key stakeholders, evaluate change readiness, and implement approved initiatives – all while providing strategies to accelerate understanding, speed adoption, and transfer knowledge.
|People, Change & Learning|
|Solution||How can I effectively analyse my data in the Cloud?|
What are the staff implications of moving to the Cloud?
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