Organizations are increasingly moving to the cloud – not just for cost-cutting purposes but for business agility as well. There is no shortage of opinions on best practices regarding transitioning to the public cloud, but we can learn from the IT leaders who have seen strategic success as a result of migrating to the cloud.

Clint Boulton, a Senior Writer for CIO, spoke with several of those IT leaders about their business drivers, experiences, and lessons learned in moving to the public cloud.  Many of the IT leaders also offered practical advice for CIO’s looking to strategically transition to the cloud.

Liberty Mutual, CIO, Mojgan Lefebvre:

Experience: When employees complained that downloading large documents from a legacy file system was a chore, Lefebvre adopted a cloud-based content management system running on Amazon Web Services.

 

“Teams spread across 46 offices in 18 countries now download and share roughly 500,000 digital files anywhere in the world by accessing the content from cloud document management system Alfresco, which runs on AWS regional data centers. Such localization serves up the documents with little to no latency while saving Liberty Mutual roughly $21 million in paper, printing and storage costs,” Lefebvre said.

 

Advice:Inform employees about the change in advance and provide training as needed. Also be sure to provide a consistent message to end users and set expectations, and have the processes in place to support end users.”

Live Nation, VP of Cloud Services, Jake Burns:

Experience: The CEO ordered the company to move 100 percent to a public cloud. “He wanted us to be this modern, agile company,” Burns said.

 

“Going all in on the cloud in a cost-effective way can be done, and we’re the proof.”

 

Advice:  “Consider hiring someone with technical and business chops who can understand the costs associated with consuming cloud technologies. That will save you from bill shock. You need to have somebody who understands the technology and who is accountable for costs.”

MetLife, Chief Technology Architect, Alex Seidita:

Experience: MetLife uses Microsoft Azure to power its microservices, including call center capabilities and Infinity, application customers use to store photos, documents, and other content. As a result, MetLife has reduced the time to deploy new virtual machines by an average of 83 percent. The company also consumes IBM Softlayer to operate disaster recovery-as-a-service.

 

“We’ve been able to leverage the same kinds of capabilities internally and externally for automation, which drives speed and agility,” Seidita said.

 

Advice: “CIOs, particularly those working in regulated industries, should seriously weigh what software services are appropriate to move to the cloud. MetLife created a “cloud-fit assessment,” in which application inventory is scrutinized to determine which apps can be moved to the cloud, and which new apps should be developed in the cloud, based on security and governance requirements.”

Many enterprises are well into the adoption phase of cloud migration, and the cloud is a game-changer when it comes to innovation and the ability to create software faster. This is the dream of all companies, and we’ve seen this trend among our customer base as well.

However, there are risks associated with turning up access to the cloud to a large population. For example, with hundreds of developers able to access Amazon Web Services (AWS), ensuring security, compliance and governance can be a challenge for IT managers.

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Read Clint Boulton’s article, “Public cloud: Real-world lessons of strategic success.”