To reduce cloud complexity, slow down to speed up


To reduce cloud complexity, slow down to speed up

The Cloud journey: Strategy & Approach

It may seem counterintuitive, but to reduce cloud complexity, it's sometimes necessary to slow down to speed up. Why? Because planning and balancing standards with flexibility before you migrate can save time, resources, and pain in the long run.

Reduce cloud complexity by balancing standards with flexibility

In their rush to cloud, many companies introduce unnecessary complexity by not having a solid plan, or standards, in place for the journey. In this episode, David Linthicum and guests, Nationwide Mutual Insurance CIO, Infrastructure & Operations Guru Vasudeva and Deloitte’s Prashanth Ajjampur, discuss how Nationwide sped up their cloud journey by slowing down to analyze cloud decisions in terms of four domains: architecture, security, operations, and economics. Guru and Prashanth also give their advice to companies starting their cloud journey: Focus on the business outcomes, build a COE, balance standardization with flexibility, get the right talent, and invest gains into building economies of scale across the enterprise.

Sometimes going too fast creates other problems that we have not really envisioned.

Guru Vasudeva is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Infrastructure and Operations at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. He manages cloud computing, on-prem hosting, digital workplace solutions, networking, and cyber security solutions services for the enterprise.

Prashanth Ajjampur is a principal at Deloitte. He is a “client-needs oriented” leader who has an effective facility to relate and translate to varied groups. He contributes by thinking “out of the box,” and he's a leader who envisions a solution, implements it, and is recognized for it before others have decided upon it.

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