By Bas Demmink – Technical Commercial Director at Solvinity
In my first blog in this series, I stressed the importance of the journey, and how careful planning of your travels helps you to reach a destination that lives up to your dreams. In this blog, I’ll show you how every journey is different, depending on where you’re coming from and where you want to be.
As is proper Dutch custom in the months leading up to the summer holidays, you’ve probably started to compare your holiday plans to those of colleagues and friends. You may have noticed how some of them have decidedly different ideas of what constitutes a ‘great holiday’. In fact, you probably wondered from time to time why on earth anyone would go to such lengths to go and do something you wouldn’t even consider if you were handsomely getting payed to do it.
You’ve probably seen pictures of all-inclusive resorts looking like this:But you know very well that this is the picture without the hundreds of ‘beautiful’ people, loudly crowding every Jacuzzi and buffet while trying to get a bunch of screaming children back in line.
And you may have seen dreamy impressions of ‘active holidays’ like this:But no one is fooling you about the weather, the food, the insects and the cold rocky ground to sleep on.
What actually makes you happy has everything to do with where you are in life. If you’re young, single and on a budget, you’ll probably have different ideas about your trip than when you’re married with children and you’ve both worked 60 hour weeks for a good year while some nanny took care of the kids.
This is why every journey to the cloud has to start with a careful assessment of where you are right now. In my last blog, I mentioned our cloud maturity model. This basically sets the starting point. It also helps to clarify where you want to go. And the both of them enable us to plan you a journey that will get you there.
What will you bring with you?
There are choices to make. The equivalent of an all-inclusive resort would be full managed outsourcing: you can leave the whole thing up to us, and all you have to do is focus on the kids. But maybe you prefer more control over your situation. You even may want to go virtual camping, where you decide what tools to bring and use, and where you can break up camp any time you want if you should decide to leave.
Much of that is not just a matter of preference. You might like to go skydiving or swimming with sharks, but if you plan to bring along your kids and your mother in law, those might not be your smartest options. Whether your organization is ready to make good use of an Infrastructure, Platform or Software as a Service is an important thing to decide before you move ahead. Just like it’s pretty smart to take into account that you’re expected to bring some elderly folks along that may not be entirely up to the steep climb to that lovely temple in the clouds you had pictured for yourself.
So, it’s not just where you start and where you want to go – it’s also what you’d like to bring along and what you’d like to do. Would you like to use open source solutions? Are you eying Docker and Hadoop? How much of your legacy do you need to bring along, and how secure does all of that have to be?
In my next blog, I’ll show you how Solvinity will help you prepare in the best possible way for a journey to the cloud that lives up to expectations.
Can’t wait? Airlift your journey to the cloud – contact us at info(at)solvinity.com or call us on +31 (0)20 364 36 00.