An inclusive cloud strategy is your best option for achieving benefits

May 31, 2016 1:00:30 AM
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Determine when a cloud strategy is the best fit for your applications and workloads

In the previous blog post, we explained how and why cloud benefits may include cost control, but it would be a shortsighted move to focus your cloud planning exclusively on that aspect. Today, let’s discuss why and how you should move data and applications into the cloud.

Cloud legend #2: The cloud should be used for everything, and we need a single cloud strategy and vendor.

It’s almost always desirable to simplify and standardize. However, this may not serve you well in the cloud. When you consider the variety of workloads and applications you could move to the cloud, there will be some for which this makes sense. Maybe there are clear savings, and the cloud flexibility can be highly beneficial for highly variable or unpredictable workloads. When user self-provisioning and re-provisioning are important functions, that, too, would recommend deploying applications in the cloud.

It’s best if you analyze applications one by one to see how well a cloud deployment would work for them. You may achieve the best efficiencies and savings with a hybrid model that combines cloud and on-premise technologies.

When you design your cloud strategy, review the benefits potential of the available options and note how well they align with your business goals. Syncing cloud and on-premise applications and databases with your objectives will yield better results than simply standardizing on one or the other. Also bear in mind:

- A greater variety of cloud services is available than ever. They span multiple levels, such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or software-as-a-service (SaaS). They follow different models, including cloud-native and lift-and-shift. Their scope may be internal, external, and rarely encompass both. It usually pays off to weigh all these options and their advantages with great care.

- Interoperability standards for cloud applications are more consistent and effective than they used to be. Leading cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services have greatly advanced the state of the art when it comes to databases and applications working together in the cloud. Connecting cloud services can be as effective, and less costly and complex, than on-premise systems integrations. This is another reason to keep your options flexible.

- You may also want to evaluate cloud services vendors and their respective strengths. Much like choosing to implement just one type of cloud or on-premise model for all your applications, limiting yourself to a single vendor may be impractical, expensive, and involve trade-offs and compromises that can reduce the overall quality of what that vendor needs to deliver.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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