How Cloud Technologies Drive Digital Transformation

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by Nick Falcone|CTO

Consumer behavior is changing and new trends are emerging. The way that today’s consumer demands their information is leaving businesses at a crossroads of sorts. Adapt and innovate or risk getting left behind.

The demand for a rich, consistent user experience reveals new problems being faced by businesses and their digital platforms day after day. In addition to an increasing number of devices gaining high-speed connectivity, these issues are only being compounded by the sheer amounts of data and requests companies are attempting to handle. IT staff across the globe are under immense pressure to transform their current IT environments as a result.

To meet this challenge, companies must define a Digital Transformation strategy. One of the first steps in defining this strategy is to utilize cloud computing technologies. These technologies can offer tremendous benefits such as scalability, availability, lower upfront costs, enhanced security, monitoring, and the opportunity to deploy new capabilities faster to market.

Let’s take a look into how these solutions can accelerate your digital transformation.

The beginning of this journey starts by deciding on your cloud provider and deploying the fabric that will connect the on-premise IT infrastructure to the new cloud provider’s infrastructure. This ensures digital services can run seamlessly, regardless of location. This can also be accomplished in a number of ways to include dedicated and partner interconnects, direct and carrier peering, and IPSec VPN tunnels through the public Internet.

Once this has been established, the three areas to focus on are API management, microservices, and CICD pipeline.

API Management

In preparation for an API first approach, leveraging an API management product such as Apigee Edge is a vital first step. These types of platforms ensure compatibility, security, and measurability. By utilizing Apigee Edge, you can securely expose the APIs of the legacy, monolithic applications, and monitor them. Additionally, it hides the application migration complexity to the end users and helps capture valuable business metrics, integrating them with the existing Identity Management System (IMS).

Microservices

The next step to take can be leveraging cloud architects and developers, pushing the build of highly scalable cloud solutions that are comprised of microservices. The decoupling of the legacy applications and disassembling them into a set of independent services that are separately developed, deployed, and maintained, is key. While microservices can be complex and require careful planning, they allow companies to have better business agility because it only affects those services, not the whole application.

CICD Pipeline

The final component to note is the addition of a DevOps Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline utilizing Jenkins, Docker containers, and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to the solutions. It allows for automation, autoscaling, and resilience testing. This will also give your business the ability to support hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

The solutions mentioned above are the foundation of a well-designed cloud solution that gives companies the power to transform as quickly as the market dictates while meeting the demand of delivering a rich customer experience. Businesses, like anything, must adapt to the environment around them. The provision of this experience is only possible if a business leverages the technologies available to them. Look to implement similarly designed cloud solutions to your strategy and watch your digital environment transform.

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