It also needs to demonstrate how this will complement traditional IT and set out clearly the principles that will guide the transformation. All of this also needs to take into account the organisation's digital strategy, another area where overlap can easily occur.
Four step model
Another key component of an enterprise grade cloud operation is the development of a model that will drive value creation whilst maximising efficiency and productivity. Our view is that this will typically include four distinct capabilities.
Delivery Factory - The foundation of the operating model should be a reliable and cost effective 'Delivery Factory' that delivers enhancements and supports the platforms as they evolve. With this in place organisations can stop 'sweating the small stuff' and focus instead on delivering the strategy.
Business Architecture - Overlaying this should be a 'Business Architecture' function that pools resource into a centre of excellence while providing expertise across key business areas and delivery needs. This ensures consistency and good practice throughout the organisation.
Value Creation Office - A 'Value Creation Office' should be established to work in concert with the business to assess and realise value from the cloud platforms.
Governance & Training - With the right levels of corporate governance and training, organisations can look for opportunities to build value based on insights from throughout the organisation's ecosystems.
Cloud-based applications are, of course, just one aspect of a dynamic technology landscape. But what makes them particularly valuable is the ability to generate new levels of value at speed for both employees and customers. The enormous opportunity they offer however, has to be managed to be fully realised.
Daniel Lund is Head of Cloud First at Accenture New Zealand.
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