Gas Supply Business: Embracing the Cloud MigrationBy CIOApplications Europe
In spite of being a traditional business, gas supply has started to embrace new developments like cloud computing. With an increase in the business demands and the volume of change in the industry, IT departments are experiencing the bottlenecks. Therefore, companies are being forced to shift their traditional strategy and look forward to innovations that can help serve the business better.
Data-intensive innovations like using robots to inspect pipes generate a lot of video and sensor data. It is almost impossible and too costly to store such a large amount of data on premise; it has nearly become inevitable to shift to cloud computing.
Any cloud strategy commences with getting the IT strategy in accordance with the corporate strategy including improved security, resilience, availability, and increased agility and ability to react to growth opportunities. Additionally, spreading the cloud services across multiple regions and availability zones improves the resilience of the infrastructure. Switching to the cloud also results in reduced capital outlay owing to the absence of the need to buy IT infrastructure.
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To get an organization to switch to the cloud involves starting at the top and engaging with the executives. By involving the different executives and shareholders, their insights can also be leveraged to have a better strategy on the whole. For example, by making the CFO and the auditors of the company involved in the process would enable them to have robust financial models.
Large-scale cloud migrations should be considered to be a major project. It is important to look at related services such as networking needs to ensure the availability of providing the required secure links. It basically involves a change in the entire supply model.
Staffing is another focal point in migration to the cloud. Additionally, companies have also looked at the creation of a separate IT transformation program team away from the IT department. They claim it creates a separate culture to break free from the traditional risk-averse models and also makes it easier to allure engineers.
Despite all these advantages, it is almost impossible to have your entire team to be pleased with the move. Therefore, it is very important to understand that there would be people who are resistant to change and to also consider them also in the cloud migration.
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