10 Nov 2022

Event round-up: So, you're in the Cloud - now what? Steps to Continuously Optimise Your Cloud Applications

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On 7 November, techUK hosted a webinar in partnership with Spot by NetApp to kick-off  Cloud Week by looking at the important conversation around moving beyond “lift and shift” and optimising to unlock value in the cloud.  

  • Sue Daley, Director of Technology and Innovation at techUK
  • Rajh Das, Head of International at Spot by NetApp
  • Simon Walker, Managing Director at Cloud Bridge

You can watch the full webinar here, or read our summary of the key insights below:

Please note that the below is a summary of the event, and readers are encouraged to watch the webinar to understand the full details of the discussion.

Sue, Rajh and Simon opened the session by discussing where most organisations are now in their cloud journey, accelerating adoption of cloud in 2022, and what they see as a growing understanding of the need to move beyond migration and optimise cloud. Rajh highlighted Spot by NetApp’s new DevOps research.

The conversation moved to cloud “bill shock” and how businesses can manage the transition from a CapEx to OpEx mindset in terms of technical solutions, governance, and organisational culture. The consensus was that optimising needs to be an ongoing process and a KPI - not a one-time exercise.

The cloud skills gap was another key challenge explored, with huge demand for DevOps and FinOps engineers accelerated by the transition to an economy in which every company is now a technology company. Spot by NetApp’s research demonstrates the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining that talent and the panel discussed how automation can help boost job satisfaction and drive innovation.

Responding to questions from the audience, the panel discussed how SMEs experience this cloud optimisation journey and the added pressure to innovate in these organisations.

If I could speak to any boardroom today it would be around culture - if you genuinely want a DevOps led organisation, it doesn’t happen because you bought some tools. What are you going to do differently in 2023 to ensure you are a digital minded organisation? - Rajh Das

Data management and analytics is another key optimisation area to look at in 2023. In terms of the boardroom - challenge the technical teams and ask, “We are in the cloud - what’s next?” - Simon Walker

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Chris Hazell

Chris Hazell

Programme Manager - Cloud, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Director, Technology and Innovation

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK