Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 66

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Cloud Choosing the right cloud to drive your digital revolution ///////////////////////////// Derek Bose, Senior Director for South Africa and the SADC Regional Cluster at Oracle, says the starting point to any Digital Transformation strategy is to choose the right cloud to integrate all the different elements into a common platform. Only then can companies gain the speed and agility they need for their digital revolution. I n the book, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, the authors speak of a triple revolution – that ‘we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms and of the core and the crowd.’ making the business more agile or driving new revenue – and how will cloud help you achieve this? Do you use public, private or hybrid cloud? Does your business understand these different models, as well as what the impact will be if they select a certain option? They introduce the acronym DANCE, to memorably illustrate what tools organisations need to master and scale Digital Transformation: Answering this often depends on an organisation’s technology maturity. There are external factors to consider. Growing regulation around where and how data can be stored means that highly-regulated industries need an appropriate solution. • Data – of which we are collecting and storing massive volumes • Algorithms – this allows machines to take over the more mundane tasks, allowing people to focus on identifying new value • Networks – technology and infrastructure, whether it is fibre, LTE or the upcoming 5G, high speed connectivity is spreading around the globe • Cloud – where you can integrate all the different elements into a common platform • Exponentially improving hardware – everything from the Internet of Things (IoT), to automation, robotics, 3D printing, drones and improvements in computer processing power that seem to defy Moore’s Law Choosing the right enablement partner While in pursuit of your digital revolution, it is important to select the right technology that can bring actual value to your organisation, as opposed to simply following a fad or getting distracted in a niche space. The starting point, as can be seen from DANCE, is to find the right cloud model and vendor for your organisation – a vendor with breadth and depth. Derek Bose, Senior Director for South Africa 66 INTELLIGENTCIO What do you want to achieve through cloud adoption? Is it about cutting costs, Thankfully, innovative offerings such as Oracle’s Cloud at Customer empowers organisations by moving their workloads to the cloud, while keeping data on their own premises. The need for speed Where the idea of shifting toward digital business across the organisation was speculative for most C-suite executives a few years ago, the Gartner 2018 CIO Agenda survey shows that it has now become a top priority across all industries. The research firm adds that in today’s increasingly ‘digital ecosystem’ economy, success will be based on the speed of integration. Companies can only gain this speed and agility by shifting to a completely integrated cloud. Even better, Oracle’s own experience of moving its business platform to cloud uncovered yet another advantage – it elevates morale. Moving users away from on-premise systems, and onto modern cloud- based application environments, results in marked improvements to the employees’ work life balance. n