The Doppler Quarterly Fall 2016 - Page 30

Key Principles of Digital Innovation Success in the Cloud John Treadway Today, digital innovation and transformation is everywhere. Nearly all of our enterprise clients are putting cloud and digital initiatives at the center of their corporate strategy. According to McKinsey, digital innovation is a top C-level priority for most enterprises and many CEOs are “choosing to lead the digital transformation themselves.” At CTP we have been using the cloud to drive innovation since our early days. The killer combination of on-demand resources, pay-as-you-go pricing, and highly productive “innovation services” have all made the cloud the ideal proving ground for new digital initiatives. Along the way we have learned the critical factors that must be in place to achieve success with cloud-based digital transformation. As you embark on your digital innovation in the cloud, please consider these principles and how you can apply them to your business. 1. Start with a Solid Cloud Foundation As the saying goes, a house must be built on a solid foundation if it is to last. This holds true for your digital initiative as well. Too often we see compelling and transformative solutions undermined by a weak application architecture and cloud foundation. These applications look great but are not scalable, secure, or operable in an enterprise environment. A solid cloud foundation encompasses both the application as well as the cloud environment it will be running in. Cloud-Native Application Design and Architecture Cloud-native software requires a re-thinking of how applications are architected, built and operated. Even when built to be portable and avoid cloud lock-in, the following chart depicts meaningful differences between traditional and cloud-native approaches. 28 | THE DOPPLER | FALL 2016