Moving to the cloud: Grow your business, not overheads, with cloud apps

by Jeremy

Dinesh Rao, EVP, and Global Head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys

By Srinath Srinivasan

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for several organizations. At the core of the change is moving applications to the cloud. It helps enterprises to adopt exponential technologies. Bengaluru-based Infosys, via cloud apps, allows enterprises to streamline their operations and rein in costs by shifting IT costs from capex to opex models. Scalable cloud systems with improved data analytics can give enterprises the ability to forecast and make insight-driven decisions on capital investments.

Dinesh Rao, EVP, and Global Head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys

“Covid-19 did not bring in any new trend; it only accelerated the earlier trends,” says Dinesh Rao, executive vice-president, and global head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys. “Consumerisation of the user experience, adoption of open-source technology, massive rise in cloud adoption including multi-cloud and hybrid cloud, and modernization of legacy systems are some significant trends in the context of the pandemic,” he adds.

According to Rao, cloud apps were designed to meet the trends above demands even before they accelerated due to the pandemic. “As per our research, 54% of enterprises are building cloud apps as a foundation on which organization’s digital transformation can be enabled,” he says. With cloud apps, it becomes crucial to manage them efficiently to achieve business goals. “The key to success is to define the business objectives that drive the move to the cloud and having a well-thought-out roadmap for the journey, keeping in mind current issues and opportunities against a future desired state,” he adds.

Rao says there are two ways to go about this transformation. Enterprises looking to respond quickly to market changes or those who want minimal disruption to existing systems and processes can adopt the Line of Business (LOB) approach to quickly ‘turn on a new service. Others looking for new end-to-end customer journeys or improved business outcomes can adopt the Enterprise cloud approach by utilizing cloud services such as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS to build an integrated enterprise-level cloud ecosystem to deliver synergies across applications and enterprise-wide efficiencies in the long run.

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