The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption to the point where it is the de facto new normal. Enterprise architecture (EA) and technology innovation leaders should reject any new project that does not follow “cloud first” as a guiding principle.
Imagine, just for a minute, having lived in 2020 without cloud services such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex and many others being readily available. Consider what it would have been like without cloud infrastructure and communication service providers being able to provision the surges in demand for remote access to compute, storage and bandwidth. Or think about how organizations would have managed without the degree of automation that allowed back-end workloads to continue running, remotely managed, in the dark, without the need for constant in-person supervision.
EA and technology innovation leaders responsible for cloud computing strategy should:
- Use distributed cloud models as an opportunity to prepare for the next generation of cloud computing by targeting location-dependent use cases
- Manage according to best practices by rejecting new projects that cannot be recomposed, and direct modernization initiatives toward offerings that support composability
- Ensure consistent operational tooling and processes by innovating across computing abstractions and locations (including edge) on which containerized applications are run
- Avoid unnecessary containerization by deprioritizing complex, monolithic apps
- Preserve a pragmatic approach by ensuring cloud-first principles are not implemented so strictly that the approach becomes cloud-only
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