Variable cloudy and clear skies. That is how one could describe the cloud market in Germany at the moment, which has developed quite slowly over the last few years by international comparison. Despite the fact that the adoption rate of cloud applications rose by 70 percent last year, according a recent IDC CloudView Survey. That is a pretty high increase. Nevertheless, the lack of strategic approaches leads to efficiency losses in dealing with cloud-based services at the decision-maker level and costs companies sales and savings potential. This makes it even more important to develop cloud strategies together with external experts and exploit innovative potential in the context of remaining competitive.
Cloud strategies require sustainable partnerships
63 percent of the German companies surveyed or more than half of decision-makers already rely on cloud solutions in the form of public or private cloud services for business processes. Nevertheless, only 32 percent of the companies that use the cloud describe their cloud strategy as “optimized” or “structured.” The reasons for this are manifold: a lack of knowledge and competencies in the specific IT environment, the lack of both a defined strategic approach and a roadmap, but also isolated organizational structures, are just a few examples and many others could be cited.
So how can companies make the most of the potential the cloud offers in all of its forms? How can companies achieve the cloud maturity mentioned in the study? One way of solving this problem is to create a strong partnership with specialized IT service providers. Through specific know-how, the experiences gained from other implementation scenarios and the view of the customer’s needs from the outside, this is precisely the place where added value is generated and thus the first step in forming a partnership characterized by trust.
Full IT service providers such as DARZ offer holistic solutions for the private, public and hybrid cloud. Collaboration at the strategic level also makes it easier for companies to develop new services that meet their customers’ increasingly higher demands. Companies are then able to combine services in a precisely tailored manner to achieve the best possible solution that meets their individual needs. They get a truly multiple solution that is as flexible and scalable as possible and can support all business processes.
Digitization begins with the infrastructure
Corporate decision-makers often forget that a digital transformation can only function on the basis of a modern infrastructure. The basis for the partnerships described here must therefore be the construction of a powerful, cloud-compatible infrastructure. Full service IT providers like DARZ can rule out the reservations regarding the security of cloud applications, which are an obstacle to introducing the cloud for almost half of the participants in the study. The data remains stored in Germany and thus complies with the data protection guidelines in Germany. In addition, the data is not transported via the Internet, but rather via a dedicated fiber optic infrastructure.
Companies can also benefit by involving a strategic partner early on because any possible knowledge gaps in the companies can then be closed and digital transformation strategies and cloud initiatives accelerated. The combination of a dedicated cloud strategy and a sustainable cloud infrastructure represents a step in the right direction for decision-makers that should be accompanied comprehensively by a full IT service provider at the earliest stage possible. Predictions on cloud usage in Germany will then also be much more positive.