Undergoing digital transformation? You can’t just flip a switch, you need a plan. Evolving to a cloud operating model makes significant demands on people and organizations. Data is everywhere. There are many decisions and choices to be made about the mix of platforms across on-premises cloud, public clouds, co-located data centers, and edge locations.

Managing work streams across all these sites to ensure always-on connectivity, compliance, and security in the most cost effective way is not an easy task.

But a successful transformation must consider more than technology. Most transformation projects succeed or fail not because of technology choices, but due to issues with strategy, personnel skills, or culture.

An inefficient cloud operating model can lead to higher costs and unnecessary complexity. Organizations may have the technical expertise and proficiencies to execute “business as usual” activities today, but not to drive the enterprise to the next level.

Technology leaders may not have total visibility into IT ecosystems, or they may have so much technical debt or legacy platforms that they do not feel comfortable undertaking transformational change.

An adoption framework is needed to give organizations a structure and common language to understand where they are in the journey, identify what skills are lacking, benchmark progress against best practices, and prioritize next steps in the transformation.

HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework Works!

HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework is a proven methodology to accelerate and de-risk transformation to a cloud operating model across all facets of IT. HPE knows what it takes to shepherd transformation projects to completion.

The HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework is a result of hundreds of successful customer engagements spanning multiple industries and geographies where HPE has identified a number of critical areas that enterprises should evaluate and measure to execute an effective cloud operating model.

The first-of-its-kind, it supports an organization’s transformation to a cloud operating model no matter where they are in their journey, whether they are just starting out, seeking to optimize existing operating models, or stuck somewhere in the middle.

The HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework sets digital transformation goals for the enterprise by assessing maturity and readiness levels across eight domains. It provides the foundation to build an actionable cloud adoption strategy and cloud operating model to transform an organization’s current state into its future state.

As an HPE Partner of the Year, IIS uses the HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework to guide our customers through their transformation journey. Within each domain, IIS digital transformation experts will help evaluate and select the best people, process, and technology components to meet your business objectives.

  • Domain 1: Strategy & Governance. Perhaps the single most important determinant of transformation success or failure is getting buy-in from stakeholders. This domain covers the business and leadership elements of an edge-to-cloud transformation – what are we doing and why. It ensures customers have an appropriate and well-defined economic plan (ROI, business case), a documented strategy with the ability to clearly communicate objectives to both leadership and the broader organization, and effective governance and risk oversight capabilities to sustain the transformation.
  • Domain 2: People. The people domain is critical for driving real change in the organization. Employees must be prepared for change and have the right skills for edge-to-cloud transformation. Developing a culture of continuous learning and improvement keeps workforces engaged and contributing to the transformation in a positive way.
  • Domain 3: Operations. The operations domain covers the capabilities needed for effective day two operations of a hybrid estate, as well as the core infrastructure elements and services of IT. This includes adaptations needed in core functions such as such as incident, problem, change, and configuration management to support a modern, high velocity operating model.
  • Domain 4: Innovation. The innovation domain focuses on building a culture of innovation, engaging entrepreneurs, developing an internal innovation pipeline, and enabling technology services to deliver new applications. There is significant cultural and process change involved in successful digital transformation, yet that alone will not suddenly make firms innovative. There must be an ideation-to-solution pipeline developed which cultivates the best ideas from employees, customers, and ecosystem partners.
  • Domain 5: Applications. The applications domain addresses application portfolio strategy and the changing operational needs of a modern software development function, in addition to core Software Development Lifecycle practices. It helps uncover and define how your strategy aligns with modernization needs, budget realities, and identifies where to prioritize transformation efforts to leverage DevOps and cloud capabilities to foster innovation.
  • Domain 6: DevOps. DevOps is one of the key capabilities that any modern organization needs to adopt to create the most value out of how IT and business organizations inter-operate. Focusing on the culture of DevOps, defining flows, amplifying feedback, and adopting continuous experimentation is critical to success in a cloud-everywhere operating model.
  • Domain 7: Data. Data can be an organization’s biggest asset, but it loses value when not accessed or retired in a timely fashion. The data domain covers the capabilities that allow edge-to-cloud data collection, classification, and consumption, allowing enterprises to optimize data placement across public cloud, on-prem cloud, and edge locations based on need, make data accessible for use in AI and analytics applications, and manage the entire data lifecycle from creation to retirement
  • Domain 8: Security. The security domain defines the approach for the prevention of unlawful use, and unauthorized access to systems, data, and intellectual property across the edge-to-cloud estate. This includes the people, process, and technologies leveraged to manage risk, sustain continuous compliance, and enable IT and business partners to securely achieve their objectives. The security domain also outlines the counter-measures associated with eliminating and reducing the adverse impacts of incidents across the enterprise.

With HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework, IIS is helping customers define, evaluate, modernize, and transform their environments with a solid cloud operating model

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The IIS Team

Written by The IIS Team