Many businesses have not stayed up with the speed of the digital age. However, recent evidence has revealed steps toward business transformation allowing them to catch up with the help of cloud computing. Organizations must make specific changes to successfully virtualize their infrastructure and take advantage of key technologies like data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“No matter the state of an organization’s IT, a move to the cloud will benefit from one thing—simplicity,” says Andy Daudelin, vice president, cloud and cloud networking, AT&T. “That could be a challenge. According to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Report, most businesses used more than three different cloud services in 2015. One way to accomplish this is to utilize platforms that help consolidate cloud service management.”

Signs your Business Remains Behind the Times

Almost every enterprise struggles with its business processes at some point in time. Organizations that rely on legacy processes may have the most problems. But it would remain a mistake to leap into a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model without proper preparation. Experts say an enterprise must exist in a state of readiness before moving to the cloud.

“Businesses are feeling pressure to move to a multi-cloud model but not everyone is ready for the journey,” says Mark Jamensky, executive vice president, products, Embotics, a cloud management platform company. “Step one is assessing if you are ready for cloud management automation. Before pulling the trigger, you need to assess five key components needed for cloud automation.”

According to Jamensky, these five components of cloud automation include:

  1. Resource optimization—properly configuring and utilizing all resources efficiently
  2. Lifecycle management—lifespan of virtual machines (VMs) and IT services can be anything from minutes to years
  3. Workflow & automation—manual support of the environment is unworkable; automated workflows/policy-based automation only ways to deal with complexity, policies, practices
  4. IT costing & chargeback—private cloud architectures based on concept of on-demand computing is a “dangerous” implementation without cost and consumption monitoring
  5. Self-service & service catalog—key features for any private cloud that enables admin teams and engages business teams with ability to request on-demand IT services and track requests

With these five pieces in place, you can consider adding cloud management to your converged infrastructure and data center and bring your business into the digital age, according to Jamensky.