Evolution, not revolution: Moving to the cloud with incubation

Carmen Carey, Managing Director of ControlCircle

The world according to… 

Carmen Carey, Managing Director of ControlCircle, recently discussed the incubation of IT function in the cloud with Networking+. Carmen featured in March’s ‘The world according to…’ column to highlight the role of incubation in the cloud, and how this can help enterprises move away from legacy IT with confidence. The full article is below.

Evolution, not revolution: Moving to the cloud with incubation

As CIO’s begin to construct plans for widespread migration and deployment of enterprise applications within the cloud, the concept of incubation has been thrown into the spotlight.

Incubation within the cloud is a process used to separate or ‘incubate’ new solutions on a limited scale. This means problems can be identified on a small scale basis, so that innovative solutions can be created, developed and tested, before being applied to widespread applications within the cloud.

It’s a concept that will appeal to many IT organisations who want to embrace the cloud, but who are struggling with the fundamentals of the cloud in its entirety. This is often the case because day-to-day teams do not treat cloud technology and processes, as unique, and don’t see the cloud for what it is: an entirely new era in IT. Companies who have been successful in implementing wide-scale enterprise applications in the cloud have recognised the need, not only for new development approaches, but also for changes in behaviour within the whole of the IT organisation. This leads to the creation of an entirely separate incubating IT function.

What does this mean? It means developers working alongside support personnel to develop new business processes, and a move away from a classic ITIL support model towards a Dev/Ops support model. It means an incubation-based IT function that runs alongside your existing team, without hampering it.

Incubation capabilities enable organisations to move to the cloud with confidence, having proven the technology AND the next generation IT processes. Thanks to the proof of concept environment, made possible by incubation, organisations are able to identify bugs and other areas of concerns, before large applications are rolled out for wide scale deployment within the cloud.

Incubation is a step in revolution of the way applications are developed, infrastructure is consumed, business solutions are subsequently operated, and how these are maintained and supported in lifecycle. Every way of ‘doing’ in a classic IT organisation is different when it comes to the behaviour of the cloud – especially when taking full advantage of what’s on offer.

Moving forward, this allows companies to address more and more business problems – with the aim of finding solutions – using the same cloud methodology.

By using incubation within the cloud, organisations will be able to embrace the cloud more easily and morph, with confidence; from a classic IT base, with private infrastructure and private applications, to a much more agile and cloud-focused IT organisation.

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