Microsoft Azure: Agreeing Business Objectives (Infographic)
In our previous blog post about Microsoft Azure, we presented a ‘Planning Pays Infographic’ outlining five key steps to Azure success.
Step 1 is agreeing overall business objectives and outcomes.
Azure Business Objectives
At Bridgeall, we like to make a distinction between desired business outcomes (your ultimate objectives) and how Azure helps to deliver these outcomes. The distinction is important when developing a business case for migrating to the cloud. Senior executives will require a clear and concise summary of tangible business outcomes. IT managers will be more concerned with the specifics of how Azure helps to drive organisational change.
As summarised in the Infographic below, business benefits from leveraging the full potential of Azure fall into five main categories:
- Enhancing the customer experience with your organisation, especially at ‘Key Moments of Truth’ in the customer journey.
- Build digital operating advantage by reducing costs, streamlining internal systems and processes, maximising efficiency, building a more agile, fast-moving organisation.
- Develop actionable insight from data.
- Collaborate and share knowledge, internally and externally with business partners.
- Transform the way you engage and interact with customers, the way you operate internally and, where appropriate, your underlying business model.
Azure as a Driver of Digital Transformation
The flexibility provided by Azure is essential for accelerating the digital transformation of your organisation.
There are a number of ways in which the Azure platform helps to drive the core business outcomes listed above:
- Complete scalability and flexibility including hybrid options and Azure Stack.
- Cost-effective, pay-as-you-go pricing, reduced IT infrastructure, management and CapEx costs, more predictable OpEx costs.
- Best-in-class enterprise security.
- Back-up and disaster recovery.
- Mobile, 24/7 any place, any device access.
- Rapid project mobilisation and delivery capability; speed of deployment, speed of operation, speed of scalability.
- Excellent availability with SLA of 99.95%.
- Compliance, including GDPR.
- Access to best-in-class build, test and deploy infrastructure and applications with automatic software updates.
- Performance Monitoring.
Azure’s Integrated Development Environment
To support the above, and as shown in a previous blog post, the Azure development environment provides a wide range of services, applications and related products including digital marketing, mobile, e-commerce, LOB apps, SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, DevOps, development and testing, monitoring, business intelligence, big data and analytics, data warehouse, hybrid integration, back-up and archive, disaster recovery together with emerging technologies such as IoT and Blockchain.
Figure 1: Microsoft Azure: Business Benefits (please click to enlarge)