Digital transformation advice from a UK Google Cloud Premier Partner

Digital transformation advice from a UK Google Cloud Premier Partner

A modern IT infrastructure is the foundation for a successful organisation. It will let you:

  • Innovate, by allowing you to more quickly develop secure, scalable apps to support new products and services or transformed business processes.
  • Collaborate more effectively, both internally and with external partners, by providing secure web-based and mobile access to shared data and apps, from any place, at any time.
Here are four steps you can take to modernise your IT with cloud infrastructure:
  1. Migrate existing applications to the cloud. A typical IT department that runs IT in house or uses traditional hosting will spend 70% of its resources on managing current applications and infrastructure. Moving your applications to cloud infrastructure will dramatically cut the time you spend on routine operations. That lets you focus on supporting changing business needs. If you choose the right cloud provider, you'll also be able to scale apps instantly and effortlessly to match user demand; pay only for what you use, with per-minute pricing; and support agile software development with quick and easy deployments.

    By migrating its e-commerce site to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), cosmetics company Lush was able to handle the surge in demand during its Boxing Day sale that had crashed its systems in the previous two years.
  2. Migrate existing data to the cloud. Moving your data to the cloud makes it easier for your employees to securely access data when and where they need it – while benefiting from robust backup and business continuity. With your data in the cloud, you can also start getting more value out of it, without making a big upfront investment of time or capital, using cloud-based data analytics tools.

    By moving its data to Google Big Query, grocery delivery company Ocado was able to process queries up to 80 times faster compared to its in-house solution and answer, in the words of Dan Nelson, Ocado's head of data, "seemingly impossible questions". Download our free infographic: Retail Analytics and Big Data with Google Cloud  Platform.
  3. Move to container-based apps. Software containers are based on the same idea as shipping containers, which make it easy to package goods and move them around in a standard way that fits on any truck, train or ship. Software containers let you create a package with your application code and everything you need to run it, including the operating system. You can then "ship" that container to any laptop, server or cloud provider that can run it. This makes it easier and faster to create, update and deploy your code, and you can run more applications with fewer resources than with traditional virtual machines.

    Using Google Container Engine (GKE), Niantic—the company behind games such as Pokemon GO, with millions of users—cut its infrastructure costs to one fifth of the gaming industry average, while being able to rapidly scale new games.

  4. Integrate existing on-prem infrastructure with the Cloud. Your cloud strategy doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can add new capabilities – such as mobile apps for customers or data analytics – using cloud solutions that draw on functions and data held in your on-premise infrastructure. You can also move just one or two existing applications to the cloud or use the cloud for new developments.

If you'd like to find out more about how you can modernise your IT infrastructure with help from a Google Cloud Premier Partner like Ancoris, come and talk to the experts in our GCP team.

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