Cloud plus artificial intelligence = future

Tips from KPMG on how organisations can prepare for the next stage of cloud computing.

By Divina Paredes
Aug. 30, 2016

Or the machine can suggest an alternative argument, he states.

“That is really clever. The machine is getting the ability to reason and the cognition piece is combining things like sight, sound or listening to create and recommend an alternative strategy."

Harald Heimensen, KPMG IT service management consultant/ServiceNow: “The cloud presents new challenges in management and governance.”
Harald Heimensen, KPMG IT service management consultant/ServiceNow: “The cloud presents new challenges in management and governance.”

Cloud is not magic

Another speaker, Jeff McLuckie, KPMG cloud architect, spoke about the opportunities for businesses to transform through the cloud.

It is critical for organisations to start with a strategy. “Answer the big questions upfront,” he says, “It is not just about the technology.”

Constantly optimise and improve what you are doing. Once you are up there, you need to be on a constantly improving cycle - Jeff McLuckie, KPMG

He lists some initial questions:

“What business problem will cloud enable us to solve? What are our competitors doing? What should I move to the cloud and how much will it cost me? Will my existing operating model be impacted? If so, how do I transform?”

The organisation should also consider regulatory, compliance and security requirements, he states.

“Is the cloud solution in compliance with the different industry regulations? How do I architect security to protect against cybersecurity threats?”

The third area to consider covers architecture and integration, he says.

“What are the business and technical requirements for cloud? What is my architecture design for a hybrid cloud? What is my vendor ecosystem? How does cloud impact my enterprise architecture and information management?

“The cloud is giving you more capability for new and exciting stuff,” he says, “do something different, make the most of what you can possibly do.”

He says questions need to be answered around management of the hybrid cloud environment.

“Will it affect the existing environment and resources? How do I ensure I reap the operational benefits of cloud? Should I adopt DevOps? How and when should I migrate application workloads to the cloud?”

He lists the steps organisations can take:

●Build your case and get buy in - what are the financial components, how much will it cost?

●Pick a cloud service to meet the problem.

Identify and address skill gaps.

●Figure out the financials and administration. “Think long term,” he states. ''What part of the organisation pays for that? Figure it out upfront.”

●Pick some test subjects (“not just one”) for a proof of concept. Pick about three, go back to the business and say, this is what we are going to move.

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