4 Building Blocks to Construct an Effective Multi-Cloud Strategy

So What is a Multi-Cloud Strategy?

According to AVI Networks (now a part of VMWare), “a multi-cloud strategy allows companies to select different cloud services from different providers because some are better for certain tasks than others.”

4 Building Blocks of a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Before an IT team starts enduring endless demos and whitepapers, it’s important to think about the basic building blocks of a multi-cloud strategy. The following four building blocks will help organizations construct a better cloud strategy.

1. Focusing On User Experience

Going back to the definition of a multi-cloud strategy, the core feature involves tasks. Except for automated tasks, a good deal of these tasks involve people: your employees, partners, and customers. Selecting the right cloud for the right task starts with the users. It begins with understanding their pain points and frustrations. Particular attention needs to be paid to the experience of new employees. How long does it take them to onboard and become fully productive? Does it take excessive training and reliance on tenured employees to complete tasks?

2. Understanding Data Management Needs

Today there is a fever pitch to find the right AI tools to give employees actionable insights. While there are many great tools out in the market, especially Tableau and Salesforce Einstein, getting your data right should be an enterprise IT team’s highest priority.

3. Using Data Economically

Cloud platforms have gained popularity largely because of the underlying economics of the architecture. Concepts like multi-tenancy efficiency, server utilization costs, and the scale of giant data centers have been huge economic advantages over on-premise systems. That said, a multi-cloud environment can help organizations maximize the cost savings and trade-offs for the systems they use to run their business.

4. Building a Center of Excellence Rather Than Mediocrity

Cloud platforms allow organizations to move faster and respond to changes faster than ever. That said, a multi-cloud environment needs a team that can operate at a multi-cloud speed. This has little to do with technology and has to do with methodology, organizational change management, and team structure. Agile practices need to be taken seriously and be built-in into how the organization makes decisions and performs actions. Change management should be a part of all technology decisions so that new features are absorbed by the users as seamlessly as possible.

With Elevate, Get Help from Multi-Cloud Experts

Finally, organizations need to understand their internal talent and when to get help from consultants. Consider a programmatic approach to management and optimization — like you get with our Elevate service. Building the human infrastructure to support a multi-cloud environment is as important as the platforms themselves.

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