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From Complexity to Clarity: Can Onshore Consulting and Offshore Delivery Streamline Your Cloud Journey? 

February 14, 2024

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From Complexity to Clarity: Can Onshore Consulting and Offshore Delivery Streamline Your Cloud Journey? 

The shift to cloud computing is growing at an incredibly fast pace. The 2022 State of DevOps Report, commissioned by the Google Cloud DORA Team, shows that public cloud adoption increased from 56 percent in 2021 to 76 percent in 2022.¹ In the first quarter of 2023, Google Cloud’s public cloud revenue reached $7.5 billion, marking a 28 percent growth year over year. This shift is not just a trend but a strategic necessity for businesses aiming to succeed in today’s digital world. 

Cloud migration can seem daunting, but it is manageable with the right support. Onshore consulting and offshore delivery can effectively facilitate your business’s move to the cloud. 

What is Cloud Migration? 

Cloud migration involves moving digital assets like data, applications, IT resources, or services from on-premises data centers to cloud-based environments.  

This migration can take various forms, such as: 

  • Lifting and Shifting: Moving applications and data from an on-premises data center to the cloud with minimal or no modifications. 
  • Refactoring/Replatforming: Modifying applications to optimize them for the cloud environment, which involves making changes to the application design but not the core architecture. 
  • Rebuilding: Completely redesigning and rewriting the application specifically for cloud-native technologies. 
  • Replacing: Moving to a different product or solution, typically a cloud-native service, instead of the existing on-premises one. 

The choice of migration strategy depends on the organization’s goals, the nature of the applications, and the capabilities of the cloud provider.  

The strategic planning phase is where organizations assess their current infrastructure, identify the components that can be moved to the cloud, and determine the most suitable cloud service model for their needs. These cloud service models include Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, or Software as a Service (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and deployment model (public, private, hybrid). 

Related reading: The Future of IT Operations: Salesforce and ServiceNow Explained 

Benefits of Cloud Migration 

Many businesses migrate for good reasons, including: 

1. Cost Efficiency 

Cloud computing reduces the need for physical hardware, such as servers and data centers, which can be expensive to purchase and maintain. Instead, businesses pay for the cloud services they use, often on a subscription basis, which can be more affordable and scalable. Additionally, cloud providers manage maintenance and upgrades, reducing the workload on internal IT staff and the associated costs. 

2. Scalability and Flexibility 

Cloud environments are highly scalable, allowing businesses to easily adjust their resources based on current needs. This scalability ensures that companies can handle increased demand without the need for significant upfront investments in hardware. It also provides greater flexibility because resources can be scaled down during calmer periods, resulting in more efficient resource use and cost savings. 

3. Enhanced Collaboration and Accessibility 

Cloud migration facilitates better collaboration among teams by allowing employees to access, share, and work on documents and applications simultaneously from anywhere in the world, as long as they have internet access. This level of connectivity is especially beneficial for businesses with multiple locations or remote workers, enhancing productivity and communication. 

4. Improved Disaster Recovery and Data Security 

Cloud providers typically offer robust security measures and backup systems as part of their services. This enhances data security and improves disaster recovery capabilities. Data stored in the cloud is generally more secure from physical disasters, like fires or floods, and can be easily recovered in case of data loss incidents. Furthermore, cloud providers invest heavily in security protocols, reducing the risk of data breaches. 

5. Focus on Core Business 

By outsourcing IT infrastructure to cloud providers, businesses can focus more on their core operations rather than being bogged down by IT management tasks. This shift can lead to more innovation, improved services, and a stronger focus on customer needs. 

6. Data Analytics and Insights 

Many cloud services offer advanced analytics capabilities, allowing businesses to glean valuable insights from their data. This can lead to better decision-making and the development of new strategies based on real-time information. 

The Challenges and Risks Associated with Cloud Migration 

Cloud migration, while beneficial, presents several challenges and risks: 

1. Data Security and Privacy Concerns 

When data is stored and managed by a third-party cloud service provider, it potentially becomes vulnerable to breaches and unauthorized access. This risk is heightened if the cloud provider does not adhere to stringent security protocols. 

2. Compliance and Legal Issues 

Different industries and regions have specific regulations regarding data handling and privacy. Ensuring compliance with these laws while using cloud services is mostly a critical area of concern, as non-compliance can lead to legal issues and fines. 

3. Downtime and Service Disruptions 

Relocating data and applications to the cloud can involve significant downtime or service interruptions. If not managed properly, this can lead to a loss of productivity and potentially impact customer service. 

4. Complexity in the Migration Process 

The process of moving existing systems, applications, and data to the cloud can be complex and resource-intensive. Challenges include compatibility issues, data loss during transfer, and integrating cloud services with existing on-premises infrastructure. 

5. Data Management and Control 

In the cloud, data is managed externally, which can lead to concerns about losing control over critical business information. This raises a concern to ensure clear agreements about data access, control, and ownership with cloud providers. 

The Role of Onshore Consulting and Offshore Delivery in Ensuring Efficient Cloud Migration 

Onshore consulting involves hiring local experts and professionals who work closely with you. Offshore delivery, on the other hand, involves outsourcing services to a different country, often with lower labor costs. The synergy between onshore consulting and offshore delivery offers a strategic blend of local expertise and global resources, offering a comprehensive approach to cloud migration. 

1. Expertise and Local Knowledge 

Onshore consultants bring a deep understanding of the local business environment, regulatory landscape, and cultural nuances. They are well-positioned to help organizations develop, implement, and manage cloud migration strategies, guaranteeing alignment with business objectives while minimizing costs and risks. Their skills in assessing and remediating potential risks and roadblocks are crucial for a smooth transition. 

2. Cost-Effectiveness and Scalability 

Offshore teams bring the benefits of scalability and cost efficiency, particularly useful for handling large-scale migrations. The lower operational costs in offshore locations also make cloud migration financially more accessible. 

3. Strategic Planning and Technical Execution 

While onshore consultants focus on strategic aspects like planning and risk assessment, offshore teams can take charge of the technical execution. This division allows for leveraging specialized skills for each segment of the project. 

4. Risk Mitigation and Quality Assurance 

Onshore consultants can proactively identify and mitigate risks, thanks to their understanding of the client’s business context. Concurrently, offshore teams can uphold high standards of quality assurance, ensuring the reliability and security of the migrated systems. 

5. Continuous Support and Maintenance 

Post-migration, you’ll require ongoing support and maintenance to ensure the cloud environment operates optimally. Offshore teams can provide cost-effective 24/7 support and maintenance services. Onshore consultants, on the other hand, can offer strategic insights for continuous improvement and adaptation of the cloud infrastructure to evolving business needs. 

6. Access to a Global Talent Pool 

By combining onshore consulting with offshore delivery, you can tap into a global talent pool. This ensures access to specialized skills and expertise, which might be scarce or expensive in the local market. The diverse perspectives and skills brought by a global team can drive innovation and enhance the overall quality of the cloud migration project. 

7. Flexibility and Agility 

The combination of onshore and offshore services ensures a flexible and agile approach to cloud migration, capable of adapting quickly to changing needs, scaling resources, and altering strategies as per evolving project demands. 

PARTNER WITH RASO360 FOR A SEAMLESS AND EFFICIENT CLOUD MIGRATION PROCESS  

The success of cloud migration largely depends on the service provider you work with. Choosing Raso360 means opting for a partnership that values innovation, security, and scalability. Our track record of successful migrations across diverse industries stands as a testament to our commitment to excellence. We understand that every business has unique needs, and our flexible, client-centric approach is designed to meet these specific requirements. 

From strategy formulation to seamless implementation, we can handle every aspect of your cloud migration with precision and care. Make a smart move towards a future-proofed, cloud-enabled business by contacting us today. Let’s transform complexity into clarity and profitability together! 

References 

1 Franklin, Blair. “The digital forecast: 40-plus cloud computing stats and trends to know in 2023.” Google Cloud Blog, Google, 27 Jan. 2023, https://cloud.google.com/blog/transform/top-cloud-computing-trends-facts-statistics-2023

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