Head in the Cloud Series - CTU Training Solutions
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Apps and Infrastructure focus | Microsoft Azure

What to expect from our Speakers: Brendon De Meyer and Anton Van Rooyen

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What is cloud ?

  • Talk about what the cloud is from a technical perspective
  • What does the cloud mean to the technology professional? (Change in skills, change in scale, the importance of fundamentals)
  • What does the cloud mean to the CFO? (Shift in spend, change in the budgets)
  • What does the cloud mean to the customer? (Wider service, instant delivery, potentially cheaper products)
  • What does the cloud mean to the person on the street? (Data protection, accessibility to technology)
  • Why is change management important for a business considering cloud.

Estimated time: 10 – 15 mins

Why modernize into the cloud – A simple question with a million answers. I have a very comprehensive approach to this.

  • The difference between migration and modernization
  • Why a lift and shift just isn’t enough anymore
  • Why PaaS offerings are the quickest, easiest modernization mechanisms
  • Don’t avoid SaaS just because you didn’t build it in house.
  • Be sure to consider hybrid multi cloud and specifically cloud edge such as Azure Stack
  • You won’t shut down your entire on-premise environment. Make peace with that, but treat it as a PoP for your business’ technology platforms

Estimated time: 15 – 20 mins

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Where is the risk – Lets talk the good, the bad and the ugly.

  • Not all applications are cloud ready. It is rare but it does happen.
  • The shift in ways of work for your technology team
  • Watch the sprawl. It’s easy to lose track
  • Not considering pre-built SaaS / PaaS offerings
  • You are responsible for cloud security
  • The longer you take to adopt cloud, the longer you carry dual costs

Estimated time: 15 – 20 mins

Cost – The elephant in the room. How do you manage this and some things to keep in mind

  • The shift from Capex to Opex
  • Use hyperscaler native solutions. 3rd Part and Marketplace solutions rack up huge costs. Use things like
  • Front Door and ATP to secure and create ways in and out.
  • Know your environment. Know what you will be moving and leaving. Talk about the assessment tools.
  • It is not a 1:1 relationship. Cloud will perform better for less. Don’t over provision

Estimated time: 10 – 15 mins

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To partner or not to partner. Do you use a boutique partner to help you achieve this or do you upskill internally or is this a dual pronged approach.

  • If your team knew how to get you into Azure, you would have been there already.
  • A specialist partner will help your teams get your Azure journey going and assist with hand holding until they are self sufficient.
  • Along with a CSP, you will need to upskill your team. Microsoft Learning has comprehensive solutions for this.
  • Everyone in the business should do a cloud introductory course. It helps with cloud adoption in the business and puts people at ease.

Estimated time: 15 – 20 mins

Microsoft Azure Courses that could assist you to solve your Apps and Infrastructure problems.

Estimated time: 10 – 15 mins

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