Adopting a Digital First Approach and Transitioning to True Cloud

Your organisation may want to move to the cloud, but how do you begin an effective digital transition from legacy on-prem to ‘true’ cloud computing? Take these four steps to start your journey to the cloud, mitigating risk and maximising the agility and efficiencies of digital transformation by adopting a ‘Digital First’ approach.

At Six Degrees we regularly speak to organisations about their IT strategies and their paths to cloud computing platforms from their current environments. We often hear a similar story: digital champions understand the power of cloud computing to bring services closer to citizens and yearn to be create ‘Digital First’ organisations, but they are wary of investment burden – and potential operational risks.

We believe there’s a new way to approach your digital transition journey. We call it the ‘Springboard to the Cloud’; through utilising our springboard, organisations can unlock the potential of the cloud whilst minimising risk.

Here are four digital transition steps that utilise the springboard to help your organisation improve citizen services by harnessing the benefits of cloud computing:

1. Undertake a Cloud Readiness Assessment

Many organisations feel trapped by legacy applications and business critical workloads that force them to remain on local infrastructure. However, you may be in a better position to begin your organisation’s digital transition than you think. A cloud readiness assessment will help you understand what can transition to the cloud and when, and will allow you to develop a fully evidenced and workable digital transformation strategy.

2. Transition Legacy Workloads to the Cloud

Legacy, non-x86 Oracle SPARC workloads can feel like millstones around the neck of IT departments. Often 10 to 15 years old, these workloads are large, cumbersome, invariably sitting on old technology, and, in most cases, critical to important processes.

There are two approaches that you can take to transitioning these legacy workloads: relocating the host servers to a data centre colocation facility, or migrating them across to a cloud environment capable of hosting legacy workloads. Six Degrees offers cloud hosting services that support both x86 and non-x86 legacy workloads that are not yet ready for migrating to hyperscale cloud providers.

By transitioning these legacy workloads, you can host servers on a powerful, future-proofed infrastructure platform that has the potential to improve performance and save money on licensing costs.

3. Move ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ to Hyperscale Cloud

Many of the organisations we speak to see migrating to the public cloud – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google – as ‘true’ digital transformation. Once you have transitioned your legacy workloads to a colocation facility or a cloud environment that is capable of hosting them, step three is to move ‘low hanging fruit’ across to a private cloud or public cloud platform. The likes of web portals, databases and Exchange services can be transitioned across to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS platforms without introducing unnecessary risk to your organisation, enabling you to access their massive potential for flexibility, scalability and enhanced functionality.

4. Modernise Your Legacy Apps

Once your legacy workloads have been transitioned to an appropriate cloud environment, you can begin to design and implement a legacy app modernisation programme. We help organisations leverage modern cloud infrastructures to make their legacy workloads more efficient in facilitating citizen services, and future-proofed to retain high levels of security, functionality and agility.

If your public sector organisation is trapped on legacy infrastructure, and it is holding you back from making transformative changes to the way you deliver services to citizens and residents and adopting a ‘Digital First’ approach, you’re not alone. Fortunately, organisations like Six Degrees can help. You can learn more about our approach by downloading our whitepaper Springboard to the Cloud: a technology infrastructure journey for the public sector.


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  • Tom Henderson

    Tom Henderson

    Programme Manager | Smart Cities and IoT
    T 020 7331 2043

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