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Cloud Enablement Defined; Or How You Can Learn To Love The Cloud

Matt Quirion

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Last updated on November 1st, 2021 at 6:56pm

Your company runs on the cloud. It's not 2011 anymore. There's not really any debate about it. Accounting wouldn't even know how to shift serving costs from opex to capex.

Perhaps you made the transition to the cloud years ago, just started last month, or started the whole company 24 months ago. You're in the cloud. You're in the cloud because your company depends on it. It's the most cost-effective means to run the services your company provides to its customers. Besides, it's also the only way to give your engineers access to a large menu of managed services without needing to hire an army to maintain those services yourself. It only makes sense.

You run a modern-day organization that depends on the cloud, just like everybody else. And like most everybody else, you struggle with having enough cloud experts to manage the cloud, or the right experts to set the right kind of governance over those cloud management actions - one that doesn't cause inefficiencies or confusion.

You are cloud dependent.

You need cloud enablement.

What is cloud enablement?

Cloud enablement means that instead of the cloud being a necessity in your operations, the cloud becomes an accessory to your success. Rather than the cloud being something you have to wrangle, the cloud is a means to faster development, speedier implementations, and more secure operations. Instead of frantically pushing buttons to manage the increased demand of the cloud, automated actions happen at the right times. The cloud no longer needs taming. The cloud needs unleashing.

Cloud enablement means that instead of management and governance being done separately by siloed teams, they work together to get the power of the cloud in as many hands as possible to move you forward at a speed unlike ever before. The time and energy spent ensuring you cover your bases on compliance plummets. Cloud enablement means never having to explain to your CFO why you blew your budget. It means being able to give your engineers just the right keys to just the right parts of the kingdom. Cloud enablement means organizing the cloud to work the way your company works rather than organizing your company to work the way the cloud works.

The problems solved with cloud enablement

Yesterday you had to hunt around your cloud, spotting things that shouldn't be there. Discovering resources that were out of compliance with your policies was like a cross between a wild goose chase and whack-a-mole. No idea where you'll find trouble, but you know you will. And after you fix it, it'll be back again. Today, because you're enabled, you can give your people all the access they need, and only what they need, all within policy. Today, because you're enabled, you can do all that in minutes rather than weeks.

Yesterday, you picked a cloud service provider and fit your business needs to it. You sought to answer the timeless, unanswerable question: What came first, the architecture or the compliance policies? Or the available services? Today, with cloud enablement, you build your cloud to fit your business. You aren't dependent on a cloud. You are enabled by your cloud, built to your needs. Need to select services a la carte across the cloud service providers? With cloud enablement you can do it without having to re-define your policies for each provider.

Yesterday, you wondered if all of your private storage buckets were truly private. You worried that your new-hire training for engineers was sufficient to keep them from leaving orphaned resources all over the cloud. You were uncertain that you'd right-sized your processing power and selected the right data stores for your needs. You really weren't sure how much any of it was going to cost. Today, because you're enabled, you tell your cloud what to do, and it does it. And if it can do anything else for you, you need only ask it. Today, your cloud turns off resources your engineers forgot about without you even asking. Today, your cloud tells you exactly where you stand with expenses. It raises alerts when there are policy issues. Today, your cloud is self-governing. Today, your cloud is self-managing. Today, your cloud can do both.

Your company has a bunch of smart people working to run your business. You shouldn't need to spend time and energy figuring out how to run your cloud. A cloud dependent company pokes around their cloud service provider, trying to govern as they go. What's been provisioned? Is something out of policy? Where'd all the money go? A cloud-enabled company evolves with the cloud, not in spite of it, calling upon their cloud to super power their organization, launching new capabilities and transforming their business. A cloud-dependent company may find some success learning how to do what they do on the cloud, managing it as best they can. A cloud-enabled company empowers their people to go farther, faster while enjoying their success for being the best at what they do. Period.

Be cloud enabled.

About the Author

Matt Quirion

Matt is the director of design and engineering at Kion.

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