How you can build cloud-native enterprises

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The market is entering a new chapter of cloud and digital native organizations. It is no longer a debate, but just a matter of decision making that businesses will have to move to a cloud strategy to bring about a culture of agility, openness and dynamism, traits that have become paramount for any enterprise.

Moving from on-premise to the cloud entails various benefits such as cost optimisation, scalability, responsiveness, usage of new apps, real estate costs, etc., and companies will have to now choose a cloud strategy among public, private, hybrid types to adopt to transform into cognitive enterprises.

According to experts, hybrid cloud is the way forward as it brings best of private and public cloud, allowing data to move seamlessly between both the worlds.

This strategy will allow companies to facilitate portability of data, apps and services and open up more choices for deployment models. Moreover, the hybrid model will allow companies to move their data-heavy workloads such as data analytics and AI, driving data-led digital transformation. It will also take care of regulatory requirements in certain industries to keep confidential data in-house on legacy servers or on private clouds.

At the ‘Building Cognitive Enterprises’ event by IBM and CNBC-TV18, Subram Natarajan, CTO, IBM India and South Asia, explained why hybrid is now imperative to becoming a cognitive enterprise, and followed it up with a discussion with Praveen Shrikhande, CDO, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail on their ideology of cloud-native enterprises.

“To be able to have a cloud platform that allows you to have that flexibility to move from one to another requires openness and building hybrid Cloud on an open architecture or a framework is extremely critical. Once you have built the Cloud enterprise, you have to figure out how to move those applications,” said Natarajan.

Meanwhile, during the fireside chat, Shrikhande shared insights on how their e-commerce portals were setup on cloud, and how legacy applications were made cloud-enabled.

He also highlighted on the significance of having an IT partner in the transformative journey.

“We cannot build all the competencies internally, whether it is to manage the core infrastructure for which we are partnering with IBM or something like Garage.AI, we look at evolving technologies in a more experimental, pilot, PoC kind of ways. We use large partners like IBM and work with startups as well,” said Shrikhande

In a nutshell, hybrid cloud is the way forward for businesses seeking smooth & agile functioning of operations. In a bid to migrate to hybrid cloud, they can partner with a technology leader like IBM and seek solutions for their cloud strategy.

Engage with IBM Services experts to know how IBM can help you get started.

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