Basha Pillay
Basha Pillay Executive Head: Cloud and Collaboration at Internet Solutions

Companies make use of various technologies that serve the business, but these are often complex and resource-intensive.

To support the overall structure, the technology must be planned and implemented in an organised manner. Enter a technology roadmap. The roadmap is a plan of action to implement new technology solutions or maintain existing ones. This plan helps teams to better grasp the tech requirements needed to achieve the planned IT strategy.

Your IT team might feel that resources are wasted because they are stuck in a reactive pattern of just responding to user needs. They are dealing with improvements and risk mitigation on an as-needed basis instead of focusing on the future. A roadmap will shift this focus to a more proactive business model.

When drafting a roadmap for future technology plans, consider what your business will need to implement in the next few months. One issue, in particular, that's on everyone's agenda is cloud migration.

Companies are facing a rapidly changing market environment that’s forcing them to simplify their operations to reduce costs and react faster to changing business needs. These businesses require a cloud model that fosters flexible provisioning, on-demand service and resource pooling.

Recommendations for successful hybrid-cloud implementation

Define your cloud strategy: Do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to develop your cloud strategy. Take the time to define your opportunities, needs and risks and then prioritise them in line with available resources. Do not focus on the generic benefits of cloud services, dig a little deeper.

Plan backwards, build forward: Start by defining the desired state of the company for the future and work on achieving it, then plan backwards to what the IT structure looks like today. In this way, short-term requirements will be aligned with long-term goals.

Manage and orchestrate your cloud environment: To create a reliable and highly available hybrid cloud environment, ensure that processes are automated. Run the service on a single device instead of a complicated arrangement of network hardware. And make sure it’s based on open standards to ensure compatibility with your service provider.

Sort out your connectivity: To achieve the best possible connectivity, take a hybrid model approach. In other words, opt for inter-linked service offerings between MPLS VPN and SD-WAN. Both technologies could run concurrently at the same location. For example, use MPLS VPN for critical applications such as an ERP system, but your guest WiFi or other less critical services over SD-WAN.

Take a holistic approach to your security: Make sure you have all the correct tools at your disposal to go from on-premise to a hybrid cloud environment. Host your applications and infrastructure with a provider that supplies built-in security services to help protect your data and workloads. It's more important than ever to have visibility into who's operating across multiple clouds and applications. For a centralised view on your cloud workflows, we would recommend using our multi-cloud platform, SkyLight.

What’s next on the agenda? How about getting a head start on your digital transformation. Read our guide which outlines the steps and IT solutions you will need for transformation success.

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