Harvesting the benefits of migration to cloud at Rabobank
For Rabobank, scalability, agility and improved continuity are key motivations behind the migration to cloud.
“Security by design, faster time to market, speeding up innovation and making use of the innovation power of cloud, and leveraging that with the DevOps teams that are working with it, are important factors for us,” Siebren van der Kooij, Cloud Transformation Manager at Rabobank explained.
With a goal of 80% of applications transported to the cloud by 2023, Siebren also stressed that the migration alone will not bring these benefits. Implementing effective ways of working in the cloud and redesigning the applications and services, are both essential in order to harvest the benefits.
Integral planning to manage the transformation
Managing the transformation of thousands of applications is no easy task. While approaching this challenge, Siebren and his team realised that while the cloud strategy was in place, an overview of every application that was moving, where it was moving to and what the status of that movement was had been missed.
As a result, the team composed integral planning of the 1,500 applications and monitored progress to have an overview of what would arrive to the cloud in the next quarter. Similarly, the benefits of the transformation are also tracked.
“From a data point of view, the transformation landscape has to be clear. What services must be adopted on the short-term to facilitate the transformation, which services are left out and do they have to be redesigned?” Siebren added.
As a result of this planning, the Rabobank team now have an overview of all of the IT services they currently have on-premises and in cloud, which will inform the way they are transforming in the years to come.
Compliance and audits to address the risk of breaches and data loss
Demonstrating effective business controls and managing compliance is becoming increasingly important to many industries and organisations in the digital, fast-paced world we live in.
For the audience attending the event, a key unresolved issue in businesses’ cloud approach was security and compliance.
Cloud technology is becoming a core part of many industries today and with this comes potential risk; the aim of compliance programs is to address these risks. With stories of breaches and data loss constantly making headlines, it is no surprise that compliance programs are being examined for their value.
One way of mitigating these risks is gaining visibility assets, much like what Siebren achieved with his team at Rabobank. However, as the industry grows and changes, the effectiveness of compliance programs will be impacted. Thankfully, the large Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), now offer hundreds of unique services to address business and security concerns and these have all had a major impact on almost every industry.
Unlocking rapid growth and global collaboration
As these examples from Rabobank and ABN Amro have shown, the process to cloud migration is a long and challenging journey. With so many options available, it is easy to lose track of the goal of technology — to serve the business by providing insight, improving efficiency, increasing productivity, and targeting new markets.
The cloud is driving entirely new business models to enable rapid growth and global collaboration while maintaining quality and compliance standards. The journey to the cloud is a necessity to survive and thrive in today’s hyper-competitive business landscape.