2020 has been a year of the cloud, specifically driven by the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition to remote employment. Cloud adoption has exploded over the past 12 months as businesses seek to quickly digitize and support people working remotely. According to INSEE, approximately half (49%) of France’s active population worked remotely during incarceration, an adaptation that is largely cloud-supported. And this trend will continue. This is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes, including startups, to use the benefits of the cloud to adapt to the challenges posed by Covid-19.
The cloud to adapt, transform and recreate itself
The pandemic turned our daily lives upside down and required all organizations to adapt to the challenges it raised. For startups, one of the key success factors is cloud flexibility, a quality that has been a very key reason for coining the term “pivot”, which means rapid, and sometimes unexpected, change. direction or business model that helps a startup grow.
Some start-ups have successfully pivoted their businesses in response to the health crisis, and others have coped with it like LIVIa digital healthcare provider, able to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help healthcare professionals and their patients conduct teleconsultations during a pandemic in a secure, free, reliable and scalable manner.
This year, we’ve seen organizations of all sizes quickly develop concrete plans for using the cloud, after years of thinking about it without having to take steps to make that change. This change in behavior reflects the primary role of the cloud in enabling businesses to change quickly and efficiently while bringing in new services and solutions-and therefore adapt to any situation. Often, these adaptations re-invent the organization, completely changing its operations; Netflix’s important shift from delivering DVDs via mail order to streaming content from its video-on-demand platform is a good example. If we look at successful businesses that last over time, what they have in common is the ability to reinvent themselves when needed. It’s not a last-minute reinvention, it’s a process that flows from the company culture: prioritize customer attraction, have leadership teams that drive change, and surround yourself with the best talent.
However, reinvention also relies on technology and often consists of the launch of new services and products. Knowing which technology to use and implement it effectively plays an important role in realizing these changes. In fact, the cloud allows developers to deploy a wide range of tools and capabilities while thinking of a new path forward.
Unbroken, Efficient, and Safe Embrace the Cloud
Depending on the size of the organization, a few steps can help ensure a smooth and efficient transition to the cloud. One of the key aspects of cloud adoption is having a well-equipped and well-trained workforce. However, it is more difficult for small businesses and startups to devote time to staff training; hence hiring experienced people is the best way to ensure a smooth transition to the cloud.
For large companies, which often have well-developed products and IT teams, as well as hundreds or even thousands of employees, replacing or re-acquiring talent is not an option. Training is becoming an essential requirement for moving to the cloud. For example, when we work with this type of company, we start by building the “AWS Cloud Enablement Engine.” It is a dedicated business unit within the organization that helps make the changes needed to get the most out of the cloud. This can range from the establishment of management frameworks, to ensure that an organization’s regulatory obligations are met, to the development of training and certification programs to improve all employees ’skills in technologies.
Second, working with specialized partners can have a positive impact on the overall cloud migration experience. Companies should seek out partners with rich expertise and a solid record in undertaking similar projects. Finally, it is important to lay the first foundations for cloud adoption. This includes the integration of identity management systems and the implementation of security policies, processes, and protocols.
We are just at the beginning of the journey. As more and more organizations begin to reap the benefits delivered by the cloud, we can expect significant use and utilization of the cloud in the coming years. According to Gartner, public cloud is expected to reach 14.2% of the global enterprise IT spend market in 2024, up from 9.1% this year.
However, in the future, the cloud will often co -exist with the existing IT infrastructure in different hybrid cloud models, and in other cases, the transferred applications or workloads will be transferred directly from the on -premises place towards the cloud. These approaches accelerate innovation and growth, while best meeting the needs of each company.
However, for this adoption to be successful, investment in technological skills will be essential. At AWS, we have taken the initiative to help 29 million people worldwide develop their technology skills by 2025, through free training. We already offer a variety of training programs: AWS Educate provides free cloud-based online learning resources to students and faculty and the AWS re/Start program, a full-time training that prepares the unemployed or under-represented in cloud careers.
Cloud adoption is in its infancy. New systems will default to the cloud to grow quickly. This means that over time the cloud will become indispensable for organizations that want to build applications and run their technologies quickly, seamlessly, and securely, and then its importance will only increase.