What is cloud consultancy and how does it help?
Here at Wirehive, we are a Cloud Consultancy. But not everyone knows quite what this means, and what we actually do.
Cloud consultancy is an integral part of digital transformation (which we talked about here), which is becoming more and more popular as businesses strive to keep up with evolving technologies.
In its simplest sense Cloud Consultancy is how we help you understand how to get the most out of the cloud infrastructure that is available to you in a way that benefits your company the most.
But that is a little vague at best, and so let’s talk about what cloud consultancy involves, and how it could help you!
Whether you are looking to make the move away from aging on premise infrastructure and migrate to the cloud for the first time, or whether you already have a large cloud estate we can help.
Cloud consultancy here at Wirehive is designed to assist your business by identifying key challenges you are currently facing.
We help you decide whether these are best solved with cloud services, and if so, we are perfectly placed to help you begin to utilise these services and integrate them into your day to day business.
None of our team of experts would claim to know everything about the cloud, but between them they do a pretty good job of covering it all. Though as cloud services are evolving and growing an a phenomenal rate this can be a pretty daunting topic to some businesses.
Our cloud consultancy experts help you implement innovative strategies to develop your business, hand-in-hand with the right technology or cloud platform for you.
One of the things our cloud consultancy service does the most is facilitating cloud migration, so lets take a look at that in a little more detail.
Cloud migration is the process of transferring your business data, applications, infrastructure, and any other components to the cloud.
Companies can choose to move as many or as few resources to cloud computing technology as they need. Therefore, the process will vary a lot for each company and is almost never the same journey twice. Even the simplest requirements of the migration will depend on your current business IT infrastructure setup.
Your Cloud migration strategy is based on what will benefit your business the most. These benefits could be in terms of cost, security, performance, flexibility or something else. It can be a time to make numerous changes to your infrastructure, but changes aren’t always necessary!
Both Microsoft Azure and AWS offer cloud based windows file server environments that can make the move from your traditional office admin systems to the cloud utterly seamless.
It’s important to always make the decision based on the individual circumstances of your business. Our cloud consultancy service can help with this.
Our consulting process has four key stages to assist your journey into the cloud, so let’s take a look at these next.
The first stage is strategy.
This part is about identifying any key business challenges you need to solve. We do this by giving you time with our industry experts and skilled facilitators. This stage can involve audits of your existing technology, stakeholder interviews, and cross-departmental workshops.
The aim of the strategy phase is to achieve a comprehensive understanding of any problems across the business. Alongside this, we will help you decide whether the problem needs to be treated, or if it can be tolerated for the best benefit to your business. The key areas of focus in this stage are analysis, on-site workshops, stakeholder buy-ins, and business case development. Once this part is done, we move on to discovery.
The discovery stage is about finding the best cloud solution for your needs.
This stage is designed to help clients who are ready to migrate to the cloud, but want some technical and digital advice to find the right platform for them. The main way we do this is through workshops with your key stakeholders.
The aim is to identify gaps between your current situation and your end goals. The product of this stage is a requirements document and as-is design covering the four main areas of digital transformation. These key elements are infrastructure, applications, people, and processes, bringing in the cultural side of your business, as well as the technological side.
After discovery, we have the design stage.
In this part of our consultancy process, we begin to define and prioritise the changes you’re looking to make. The end goal of these changes is to achieve the requirements identified in the discovery phase.
This is where the requirements document created earlier comes in handy. This is used to tailor a design solution to you. Then, we workshop it with key stakeholders to ensure it will meet the technical and business objectives you have set. The focus areas of the design stage are: solution design, a target operating model, design workshops, and a final design. Once this is complete, the only thing left to be done is implementation, which is where it all comes together.
The final stage, implementation, is where we help you apply your cloud technology solution and technical best practices that will fix the business problems we’ve identified.
A team of Wirehive consultants and cloud engineers will work with your businesses key stakeholders to build, test, and deploy the solution, integrating it into your workflow.
Our cloud engineers have experience in designing and building both simple and complex infrastructures, but for some extra peace of mind, all of this is overseen by a dedicated Wirehive project manager. After the launch, you can choose to manage the solution internally, or pick a managed support contract with us. If you choose this, we take care of tech, and you can sit back and relax. But if not, we have a 24/7 customer support service, meaning our help is never far away.
So, we’ve looked at the main stages of our cloud consultancy process, as well as a brief introduction to the benefits of cloud migration. However, it’s important to remember the process won’t look the same to everyone.
We know each business is unique, and your migration to the cloud will reflect this. So, if you’re looking for more information on how our cloud consultancy service could help your business in particular, all you need to do is give us a call.