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Why understanding your cloud maturity will help you boost your business

Why understanding your cloud maturity will help you boost your business

Cloud computing has become an integral component for organisations striving to remain competitive and agile. The benefits of the cloud encompass enhanced scalability, flexibility, cost-efficiency, rapid deployment of resources, and the ability to access and manage data and applications from virtually anywhere. However, adopting cloud technology is not enough; Organisations must also focus on achieving cloud maturity to harness its potential fully. Through DevOps approaches and efficient Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools that provision your resources in the cloud, businesses can securely scale up while reducing their cloud waste and costs for their endeavours.

Understanding Cloud Maturity

Operational cloud maturity assesses how well organisations adopt cloud technologies and best practices at scale. A 2023 study commissioned by Hashicorp assesses the importance of operational maturity. It categorises organisations in low, medium and high maturity organisations based on their cloud practices in the domains of security, applications, infrastructure, networking, and platform team operations. The study showed that high-maturity organisations can best leverage the benefits of the cloud while capitalising on increased spending, cost savings, improved security management and skill enhancement.

However, low-maturity organisations struggle achieving their business outcomes while also encountering difficulties implementing cloud strategies. Understanding your cloud maturity is therefore essential in designing your cloud strategy and optimising the benefits of cloud computing. 

Let’s have a look at how these levels differ and what they mean for businesses.

  1. Low-maturity: Low-maturity organisations are at an initial stage of cloud implementation. They often meet specific ad-hoc needs or adopt only critical cloud practices. Organisations in this phase are continually experimenting with cloud services, and cost optimisation is often neglected.
  2. Medium-maturity: Medium-maturity organisations have standardised their critical cloud practices and embraced automation and DevOps practices. They focus on continuous improvement and optimisation, leveraging tools to enhance resource utilisation and application performance. This stage often requires a cultural shift, promoting collaboration and cross-functional expertise.
  3. High-maturity: High-maturity organisations have integrated the cloud into their business strategies and established full-scale governance over critical cloud practices. Cloud resources are provisioned and deprovisioned in perfect alignment with actual usage, making the best possible use of cloud computing scalability.

Importance of Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) in Achieving Zero Cloud Waste

One key challenge becomes evident as organisations progress towards cloud maturity: Managing cloud resources efficiently to avoid waste and optimise costs. Cloud waste occurs when resources are over-provisioned, underutilised, or poorly managed, leading to unnecessary expenses. IaC tools like Terraform are essential components of achieving cloud maturity.

Terraform allows organisations to define and manage cloud resources declaratively, eliminating manual provisioning and ensuring consistency across various stages, from development to production. Through this code-based configuration, organisations can achieve automated provisioning, scaling, and deprovisioning of resources according to real-time demand, mitigating over-provisioning, enhancing resource utilisation, and reducing the likelihood of underutilisation. This method ensures exact resource allocation for cost-conscious cloud environments while promoting an eco-friendly cloud infrastructure. Furthermore, this approach streamlines processes, minimises human errors, and forms a solid basis for adopting the best DevOps practices while creating a secure, reliable, cost-efficient, and repeatable cloud infrastructure.

Combining the advantages brought by IaC with an appropriate cloud cost optimisation strategy will help mature organisations to significantly reduce their cloud bill without impacting speed or quality. Implementing a cloud cost optimisation Strategy is key at this point. It enables finance, product, technology, and business organisations to manage, optimise, and plan costs as they grow their usage and scale on the Cloud. 

The importance of Cloud Platform Teams

Cloud Platform Teams are an essential component of high-maturity organisations. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining the foundational cloud architecture and ensure its resilience, security, and efficiency. Platform infrastructure teams serve as the architects of the cloud environment, crafting a robust foundation upon which applications and services thrive. Establishing standardised practices, managing automation, and implementing security protocols, they guarantee a stable framework for development teams to build upon. This foundation ensures consistent resource provisioning, optimal utilisation, and adherence to best practices, setting the stage for cloud maturity.

The early collaboration between cloud platform experts and DevOps practitioners lays the groundwork for successful cloud optimisation. Early integration also fosters a culture of continuous improvement, enabling rapid responses to changing requirements and technological advancements. This synergy between cloud experts and DevOps promotes agility, accountability, and innovation, ultimately accelerating the journey towards cloud maturity.

Navigating Cloud Maturity: Strategic Steps for Executives

Efficient cloud resource management translates to significant cost savings and enhanced operational agility. By employing experts in the field and embracing tools like Terraform, organisations can ensure quality control and sustainable provisioning of cloud resources.

  • Invest in Expertise: Employ cloud experts who understand the intricacies of cloud architecture, optimisation, and automation. These experts can guide the organisation through the different stages of cloud maturity and drive initiatives that align with business objectives.
  • Embrace DevOps Culture: Foster a culture of collaboration between development and operations teams. This culture shift is essential for achieving the advanced and optimised stages of cloud maturity, where automation and optimisation are essential.
  • Prioritise Continuous Improvement: Cloud maturity is an ongoing process. Regularly evaluate and refine your cloud strategy to ensure alignment with changing business needs and technology advancements.
  • Leverage Tools Like Terraform: Implementing tools like Terraform can be a strategic decision that streamlines cloud operations and contributes to sustainable resource provisioning and cost control.

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