The four stages of cloud adoption

How to build a framework for success in the cloud.

A new era emerges

Over the last few years, the cloud has emerged as a mainstream and essential tool for managing IT resources and building a more agile and flexible business. No less important: It drives cultural change and process improvements within IT.

Today, as organisations look to build a modern IT architecture that scales rapidly and globally while supporting numerous digital channels and a variety of devices, the cloud is nothing less than critical. It delivers a business and IT framework that supports innovation, digital transformation and disruptive business models.

On a practical level, the cloud improves an organisation's ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate. Employees can work autonomously and interact with other functional teams in ways that would have been unimaginable in the past. This helps build a faster and smarter enterprise.

The cloud also supports strategic models that lead to innovation and digital disruption. Consider companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Intuit, the maker of TurboTax - all of which connect people, products and services in new and remarkable ways. Their business models scale quickly and seamlessly and they are able to roll out frequent updates to keep up with customer needs.

Simply put: They operate at digital speed.

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