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Issue 20 2019

The many benefits brought about by cloud computing are well established. The upsides of flexibility, agility and time to market are taken as gospel, but with those, unfortunately, can come an element of uncertainty, particularly around cost. When costs are part of the conversation around cloud, the angle is often about turning capex to opex, and paying for what you use. But with flexibility to meet fluctuating levels of demand, there can also be an escalation or decline in the associated costs. We will need to work out how to budget for these shifting levels.

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With the local Azure datacentre regions coming online earlier this year, there are now fewer hurdles in the way preventing adoption. And with other hyperscale players also set to launch local facilities over the coming years, hyperscale cloud availability is fast becoming an African reality. With that comes the likelihood of multi-cloud adoption, and the management of services and costs across these digital estates is something you will need to consider.

Another adage that's often brought up is 'Fail fast, fail often, fail forward', and in this cloud world, applications can be quickly created by developers, cloud services integrated, the application launched and then, for whatever reason, it could fail to gain adoption. Who remembers to retire this application? And terminate the associated cloud services that are being billed for?

As CIOs, we need to start looking at the bigger picture in terms of total cost of ownership of cloud. Undoubtedly, there will be some 'settling' as your organisation transitions to this world, getting used to different ways of working, changing skill requirements, processes and fluctuating costs.

In this issue of Transformer, the official publication of the CIO Council, we look at many of these issues, from how you should go about evaluating your shift to the cloud, and the key stages involved, to total cost of ownership around cloud adoption. We also look at rightsizing IT to fit your organisation's structure and processes, and investigate some organisations that have gone all-in on the cloud. You'll also find a couple of fascinating CIO roundtables - one further examines CIO spending, and the second focuses on the impact of PoPI, which is fast approaching.





Ulrike Weitz
Editor
uweitz@microsoft.com


Ulrike Weitz
Editor

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