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Digital Transformation with AWS #1

Why customers move to the cloud?

......... These applications that provide services like emailing, writing contracts and POs, invoicing or financial management are all hosted in the cloud today and you pay-as-you-use. You don’t need a server, switch, router and other IT infrastructure that would bother your time, attention and cash flow. You don’t even need to hire an IT technician to be able to use these applications. Very cool, isn’t it?  

Later, you will need a tailor-made software as you are settled down and found out your own way of working that best suited to your needs. You find us, a solution developer company. We work together to understand your needs, how and what this software can help you to realize more value. Further on the road, we start the development and want to show you the results week by week, give it to you to play with and confirm it is really the thing that you need.  

However, the complications come in this step: where should we install this application for you to use? Should we ask you to go to the shop and buy a server and all related things that needs to run it? Should we ask you to hire an IT guy to build it and maintain it regularly? Should you start learning new IT things like what is server backup and why it is important; why should I pay for this; what is security, disaster recovery, performance issues, load balancing and thousands of other things? No, you definitely want to focus on your own business.  

The answer is the cloud computing. We can use a credit card to buy the right-size resources within seconds, deploy the software to there and let you use it. The price includes all necessary things to run the software. You don’t even need to know what kind of magic the provider (AWS for instance) does in every minute to let you use the service.  

Are you growing and having more users that may slow down the software? Just go and ask to increase the capacity as needed. Done. You don’t need something anymore? Just go and ask to remove it and done. 

 

What business challenges do customers face? What do customer’s technology and IT infrastructure look like? Where do customers host their technology? 

 

The analysis depends on what size of company and in what maturity state we are meeting with the customers. For instance, we can find these typical signs at our customer

  • Startups

    • starting from zero to something from day one to next day 
    • too much things to focus on in the same time
    • focus on cash flow, short term goals 
    • having individual, separated infrastructure 
    • wide range of technology, mostly free or open source
  • Scaleups
    • increase speed and agility 
    • performance, scaling is important 
    • integration, automation, efficiency is key  
    • mid to long term goals
  • Established companies 

    • offer services to international markets  
    • long term goals 
    • reduce infrastructure cost 
    • planning to move from private or hybrid cloud to public cloud
    • consolidating technology
    • focus on high availability, efficient monitoring, automation 

Let’s dig deeper and see why customers are moving to cloud in the next blog post, what is the cloud adoption journey and what is the role of the Amazon Partner Network in this journey.