KPMG’s Three Keys to Unlocking the Full Value of Cloud

“For many organizations, implementing cloud computing and getting value from it are not necessarily synonymous” – this statement from one of the cloud reports from KPMG resounds very aptly with what a lot of CIOs are experiencing today.


With enterprises ending up acquiring multitude of private and public clouds from multiple vendors that need to be integrated back to the existing infrastructure, needless to say there is a whole deal of complexity that needs dealing with in order to realize cloud’s full value.


Add to this, the further complications brought in with the proliferation of shadow IT within organizations. Pockets of shadow IT across functions get accumulated even before the CIO realizes, leading to compliance and regulatory issues besides security, manageability, control and cost of duplication. This, in turn, makes it impossible to streamline the organization’s cloud strategy in a way to deliver maximum benefits.


KPMG in its report ‘Journey to the Cloud’ has proposed three keys to managing the complexity and risk in order to unlock the value that cloud brings to the table.


Enterprise-Wide Cloud Strategy


The first step in the direction of maximizing the value out of cloud investments is to design and adopt an enterprise-wide cloud strategy. This becomes all the more pertinent in the wake of shadow IT.


The report advises CIOs to cover following areas when devising their cloud strategy: when it is appropriate to use public versus private cloud; when it is appropriate to use off premise versus on premise; where different types of data can be physically stored and accessed; which cloud providers, services, and solutions are pre-approved; and the process for procuring cloud-based solutions.


The report further suggests CIOs to conduct a detailed workload assessment for all existing and currently planned applications. The assessment will identify which applications can be immediately migrated to the cloud, which applications will require re-work to move to the cloud, and which applications are not suitable for a cloud environment.


Integrate Effective Cloud Governance


Cloud governance needs to be integrated with existing technology governance and cover the entire cloud lifecycle from planning through to off-boarding from a cloud provider.


According to the report, cloud governance should address the following:


·      Strategic guidance – leads to a formal strategy and roadmap

·      Enterprise architecture & technology – adapts existing architecture and technology policies for cloud

·      Procurement, contracts, and legal – sets out policies for how cloud services will be acquired and managed

·      Security, privacy, and compliance – establishes policies around security, data privacy and location, and regulatory compliance

·      Operational policies – establishes who has access, how cloud is consumed, managed and monitored.


Deploy an Integrated Consumption Platform


Considering hybrid IT environments are complex and difficult to manage, there is need for an orchestration solution. Since no single orchestration solution caters to all the needs, KPMG recommends developing a consumption platform - a holistic set of capabilities for multi-modal service consumption (independent of deployment model).


“Rather than just purely focusing on orchestration as a “silver bullet” the consumption platform is a composite of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and engineered/open source components. It typically comprises three to four core tools with eight to twelve key integration points,” the report explains.


The consumption platform contains tools and processes in the areas of management and control, orchestration, identity, and security and governance.

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