Understanding Enterprise Cloud Adoption Part 2 – Who’s Who in the New World of Cloud

In part one of this blog series, we explored the current state of enterprise cloud adoption, and how DevOps teams are looking to offload non-development, operationally oriented tasks associated with public clouds to newly formed Cloud Operations teams.

In part two we’ll be diving deeper into the teams behind public cloud adoption, their typical roles and responsibilities, and providing an in-depth look at the makeup of Cloud Operations.

In our research with Deloitte Consulting LLP, we uncovered three distinct groups leading enterprise cloud adoption.

IT Infrastructure and Operations Teams

Typically responsible for design and infrastructure, maintenance and management of data centers, IT has led the push to achieve a seamless hybrid cloud infrastructure for a number of years.

For them, the benefits of consistent infrastructure between on-premises and public cloud environments are clear:

  • Ability to scale data center usage to meet temporary, seasonal or unplanned demand
  • Easy migration of workloads to the public cloud without the need to make changes to applications
  • Simplified public cloud backup and disaster recovery services

All of these in turn support strategies of freezing or even reducing the footprints and related costs of on-premises data centers.

In recent years IT teams have faced a number of challenges as they embrace the new hybrid cloud mindset. These include determining cost-optimal environments for varied workloads, adapting security processes to consider public cloud requirements and managing private data center tools for cloud use.

LoB AppDev/DevOps Teams

DevOps and LoB pioneered the use of public clouds. These teams are motivated by the enterprise need to quickly develop new cloud-native apps, in order to stay ahead of the competition by delivering features that drive revenue growth and increase customer retention and acquisition.

The complexity of managing public cloud environments has increased as the scale of operations in the public cloud has increased.

Today, many DevOps teams are looking to offload operationally oriented tasks so they can exclusively focus on delivering features and functionality that drive business differentiation and competitive advantage.

Cloud Operations Teams

Cloud Operations are specialist teams focused on developing and maintaining a system of common operations across an organization’s public cloud environments.

These teams aim to centralize public cloud operations to improve visibility and efficiency and reduce cloud cost.

Specifically, these teams are focused on managing user access, ensuring security and compliance, establishing guardrails and policies for cloud usage and overseeing enterprise-wide public cloud management capabilities.

In part three, we look at the different paths organizations take to the cloud and use cases that drive them.

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