Engineering: leader della Digital Transformation

Cloud

Five questions to...
Alessio Panni

Engineering D.HUB's Portfolio, Solutions & Business Development Director explains to us the characteristics and opportunities of a speed, flexible and scalable technology, capable of making business and organizations evolve.

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IN AN INCREASINGLY DATA-DRIVEN ECONOMY, WHAT VALUE DO CLOUDS OFFER?

Cloud models and technologies currently provide a basis for the new data economy in which speed, scalability and flexibility are fundamental. A cloud allows companies to exploit more data sources. This way they can make quick decisions in real time which are above all data-driven. The synergy between data analysis and Artificial Intelligence technologies makes this possible.

In fact, cloud platforms allow rapid access to increasingly advanced and immediate-use services, while masking the complex configuration and management of their underlying architecture and infrastructure. The rapid release and updating of services continually enrich ever wider and more complete catalogues and are fundamental to digital transformation. These elements enable new methods of rapid experimentation, speed of execution and resulting budget modifications. Such changes, in turn, drive innovation and allow adequate support to businesses which experience variability over time. Today, such technological capabilities cannot be sustained by companies standing alone due to the skills and relative economic investment needed.

In this context, a cloud can be a springboard for developing new products and services using agile and flexible business models. Concurrently, costs can be aligned with needs.
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ANALYSTS HAVE SIGNALLED A STRONG GROWTH IN CLOUD INVESTMENTS, CONFIRMING THAT THE VALUE OF THIS ENABLING TECHNOLOGY IS NOW WELL-ESTABLISHED. WHAT ARE (IF ANY) THE DANGERS OF THIS RUSH TOWARD CLOUD USE?

The adoption of cloud models and technologies has followed a consolidated and irreversible path. Expenditure forecasts confirm this across all market sectors and areas. Companies must carefully evaluate their cloud adoption path and the best approach in pursuing transformation. Before adopting a cloud model, they should fully grasp the expected benefits.

In fact, there’s a need to balance the risks and benefits of adopting this approach over time. This means not rushing ahead or forcing cloud adoption via mass migration or based solely on reduced infrastructure cost- benefits. It’s important to consider case-by-case uses and applications. Better yet, it’s vital to first carefully consider and predict the subsequent evolutionary path of the involved architectures. In doing so, the evolution of governance methods, integration and overall cost and risk management is vital. This also means balancing agility and autonomy in service use with the need to protect an organization. It further involves assessing the value-added and having a strategic plan for evolving cloud use.

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CAN YOU TELL US THREE ACTIONS THAT A CEO SHOULD TAKE TO MAKE A CLOUD ENVIRONMENT A REAL ENHANCED DRIVER OF A COMPANY’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION?

It’s currently becoming increasingly important to be able to act and respond quickly. This means taking into consideration that ongoing digitalization and transformation can change and sometimes upset consolidated market equilibriums.

Some key actions for making the most of a cloud as an enhanced driver of digital transformation should certainly include:
  • moving the sourcing model towards methods which allow speed and flexibility and include a partnership logic
  • reviewing skills and pinpointing those which are considered pivotal and unique to a business
  • experimenting with new, open, cross-functional business models which are accepting of innovation.
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HOW DOES ENGINEERING SUPPORT COMPANIES THAT WANT TO USE THIS ENABLING TECHNOLOGY? HOW DOES IT SUPPORT COMPANIES ALREADY USING IT?

Engineering has extensive skill and experience with consolidated technologies and cloud paradigms in terms of application development, data analysis, intelligence models, platforms and operational infrastructures. We combine these skills with partnerships with leading cloud and technology players and links to proprietary assets, such as: data centres, marketplace and cloud brokerage platforms, ecosystem platforms and proprietary application solutions. This way, we can support companies and help them undertake a properly paced transformation path.

Our approach is based on solid service management and the analytical and transformative capacity needed to evaluate each evolving workload. We look for the best transformation strategy while integrating new needs from a cloud perspective. Finally, we support execution and a continuous cycle of optimization.

Helping companies approach and undertake a flexible and more controlled cloud adoption path can reduce the risks linked to massive migration plans. It can also limit unpredictable associated costs while guaranteeing operational continuity and service security.

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WE’RE WITNESSING A BREAKING DOWN OF SILOS AND BARRIERS BETWEEN MARKETS. WHAT ROLE CAN A CLOUD PLAY IN BUILDING DIGITAL ECOSYSTEMS?

Clouds are becoming fundamental to building new digital ecosystems which demand scalability and extreme flexibility and where services must be continually updated, evolving, available and safe. These requirements can only be met by platforms and digital products built upon a native cloud logic. This kind of approach is currently sustainable via models that are increasingly based on consumption and subscription logics.

In this context, continuous experimentation will become a critical and distinguishing feature. This approach must be combined with rapid scaling-up of innovations at the right moment in order to reap the benefit. Continually more complex and value-oriented services will be needed. This may mean drawing on the skills and expertise of partners in order to increase and add value over time. This, in turn, will make partners increasingly and more closely tied to a company’s businesses.

Cloud platforms are able to put data and information at the centre. This logic allows companies to create new and integrated value within increasingly complex ecosystems and digital supply chains, extending beyond current market segments.
Alessio Panni

Alessio Panni

From 15 years in the IT industry, Alessio covered both technical and management roles within large multinational companies, up to business development and portfolio offering development in Digital Transformation and Cloud projects.

He is currently Portfolio, Solutions & Business Development Director at Engineering D.HUB, leading the strategy and the go to market of new offering and outsourcing services.

Alessio is also one of the authors of the "Cloud" White Paper.

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