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August 23, 2016
More businesses are swinging for the fences by taking aim at the cloud
By: Chris Wegmann

The following post is a guest post from our friends at AWS Premier Consulting Partner and launch AWS Migration Partner Accenture.

By Anthony Harris, principal director, Accenture AWS Business Group Cloud Transformation Services Offering Lead & Chris Wegmann, managing director, Accenture AWS Business Group and AWS Practice Lead

In the 1988 film Bull Durham, Kevin Costner played Crash Davis, a seasoned minor league baseball player was enlisted to groom “Nuke” LaLoosh (played by Tim Robbins), a raw, up-and-coming young pitcher, for the Majors.

At Accenture, we’re privileged to play a similar coach/advisor role—through the AWS Migration Competency program—with clients they map their journey through cloud migration.

Moreover, we’re excited to be at the cutting edge of what can only be described as a public cloud revolution. We’re committed to bringing more automation to the migration process, helping organizations get the most out of their public cloud ecosystem.

Given the dynamic and rapid evolution of the market, there’s a fast-growing pool of cloud migration providers, practices and tools. Accordingly, the time is appropriate for AWS to set an enterprise-grade migration bar to size up providers.

No two cloud migrations are the same, considering the multitude of business and technical components to consider. However, we’re finding more and more businesses committed to the AWS Cloud journey. We’ve clearly shifted away from a “should I move to the cloud” mentality to “how do I move” and “what is the right path for me?”

View from the C-Suite

Cloud technology is shifting from an IT-focused discussion to part of a broader business discourse, no longer limited to only the CIO and CTO agendas.

The entire C-suite—not to mention the boardroom—grasps the benefits of public cloud, and they are demanding the flexibility and agility it can offer.

We see a number of common public cloud drivers in the market and across our large-scale enterprise client base, such as:

  • A need for greater agility and improved speed-to-market.

  • A need to differentiate and innovate while growing revenue.

  • Purpose-driven incentives, such as lowering IT operational costs.

  • Timeline-driven incentives, from the need to shed a legacy data center to M&A activity.

  • Capacity issues preventing the business from getting what it needs from IT.

Smoothing the Journey

We’re also seeing more long-term thinking in the marketplace. While some companies still consider a simpler lift-and-shift approach to meet their specific drivers, more and more businesses seek to optimize their applications for AWS, either as a part of the initial migration, or afterward.

If the desire is to optimize for AWS as a part of the migration, they want to refactor and re-architect, weave in DevOps across their strategic business applications and use cloud to fundamentally transform their IT model.

Through the Accenture AWS Business Group, we help enterprises large, small and in-between navigate the cloud journey simply, smoothly and cost-effectively. We’ve found a modular, flexible approach, incorporating five key components, yields the best results:

  • Strategy (shaping the direction and maximization of IT)

  • Discovery and Architecture

  • Application Migration

  • Application Development

  • Cloud Management

We’re privileged to be established coaches and mentors helping public cloud neophytes make their way to the “big leagues,” and we look forward to an exciting future as more and more clients build bridges from the old IT to the new.

Learn more about the Accenture AWS Business Group

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