A Comprehensive Approach to Achieving Business Objectives, Despite the Lack of Resources
By Heather Camden, Partner Program Manager
A sound IT strategy can serve as a solid foundation for all other business objectives. New technology can increase the speed of innovation, improve time to market, streamline costs, and help recognize resource efficiencies – all of which lead to profitability. However, current market conditions and scarcity of talent have slowed the adoption and implementation of these technological advancements. How can companies proceed despite these obstacles?
Hint: Let the cloud experts do what they do best, so you can do what you do best.
There are two main drivers that affect your company’s ability to keep pace with technological changes, which ultimately impacts the success of achieving your business objectives:
- The Chip Shortage – The chip shortage has led to a scarcity of critical hardware and IT infrastructure components. Massive delays in software development cycles due to the availability of hardware have created supply chain issues across every industry. From scaling on-premise applications to building new data centers, these projects are now costly, inefficient, and improbable.
- The Great Resignation – Second, and possibly more detrimental than the chip shortage, is the “Great Resignation.” This phenomenon has exacerbated an already ongoing talent crunch for technical individuals, especially those with cloud expertise. Business stakeholders increasingly understand the many benefits of moving to the cloud. However, the lack of available cloud engineers and technical professionals is stalling those efforts and preventing the full realization of ongoing ROI. When cloud projects are delayed, innovation suffers, time-to-market slows, and security is at risk.
These issues are even more prominent for small and medium-sized businesses that do not have the capital to compete against billion-dollar giants for resources. Predictions show that these resources will not be replenished anytime soon – the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2026, the shortage of engineers in the US will exceed 1.2M. In addition, as machine learning technologies rapidly grow, and 92% of organizations increase their cloud workloads, the IT talent shortage will keep increasing.
Unsticking Cloud Migrations
To combat the first challenge and relinquish dependency on hardware, accelerating cloud migration is critical. Undoubtedly, the decision to migrate to the cloud is likely either already in place or is relatively easy to gain stakeholder support. Where it gets tricky is in meeting aspirations with reality. Companies both need the resources as well as the expertise to manage the complexities of migrations from identifying gaps or apps to refactor to designing a resilient infrastructure, to ensure that it can operate securely at scale. Add on top of this daunting challenge, companies need the platform and resources to manage cloud operations on an ongoing basis. The combination of these challenges is typically the cause of most stalled migrations and compounds the issue companies have in trying to focus on revenue-driving aspects of the business.
Platform Driven Cloud Transformation is the Answer
As it turns out, a certain approach simultaneously solves both these issues: outsourcing migrations and cloud operations with software-based automation. Outsourcing to a trusted partner with the breadth and depth to understand your unique requirements, help see around corners to minimize risk, and provide the proven expertise to architect a foundation for success is both more efficient as well as a fraction of the cost it would be to hire and retain the talent and resources to do it on your own. Layer on top of that, the benefits of outsourcing ongoing operations to a partner with the platform-driven approach to enable the automation, tooling, and telemetry to operate at scale is exponential.
Unavailable on-premise infrastructure no longer affects your ability to scale. Unfilled engineering positions no longer prevent cloud migration or put security at risk. And cost savings are all the more recognized. End-to-end expertise, for a fraction of the cost, is exactly what your business needs to get back on track. Partnering with a cloud solutions provider like Logicworks allows you to take the time back to focus on what drives your business forward.
Let us do what we do best, so you can do what you do best. Schedule a meeting with a solutions specialist.