It is a constantly evolving science, the ability to understand the exact advantages of cloud computing. A few years ago this advantage was largely conceived as “investment against opex”, the ability to move to a consumption model on demand, and thus avoid the capital costs of hardware and software.
How to Transfer Cloud Metrics to Measuring Agility
Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. When considering tax advantages, existing costs for hardware and software, as well as prices for cloud services, the benefits of moving from capital costs to operational ones are or are missed. It really depends on what type of business you use, and your past IT strategies and spending patterns.
The real benefit of cloud computing is maneuverability. You no longer need to wait months to get hardware and software located in some remote data center. Today, you can go to Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure IaaS web services and create or delete virtual machine instances as needed or not needed. This is a real game changer.
On average, enterprises with cloud computing deployment took about five years to understand this benefit. As I said, they come to the cloud to save operating costs, but remain in dexterity.
The problem is that maneuverability is almost impossible to measure or even explain. I’ve tried to define cloud business flexibility and measurement methods in books, conversational events and articles in cloud computing today, and I’m still getting empty eyes.
It comes down to the metrics that you use to measure the value of flexibility, and it depends on the type of business and the enterprise industry. However, here are some guidelines for creating metrics for your own enterprise:
- Focus on what’s improving with cloud computing. In other words, determine the as-is state and the planned state with the cloud in terms of flexibility. For example, it took three months to get the application into production. Using the IaaS provider, the goal is from three hours to three days. What does this mean for your enterprise, in terms of value?
- Pay attention to the complex relationship between cloud and non-cloud systems. It is not easy to make flexibility indicators, given that traditional and cloud systems are usually related. Although it takes only a few days or months for the cloud inventory system in the cloud, the system still depends on the on-site order system, which takes several months to expand or change the platforms. These limitations must be taken into account and accounted for.
Complex and terrible material? Not really. In your movement in the cloud, there are good things, and this will only accelerate the value it creates. Metrics will become less important, as the results become more obvious.