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The future is multicloud, and that future is now 

Today, multicloud is the new reality – and it will be so tomorrow. I don’t believe it’s true that all businesses are on a journey to deploy workloads to a single hyperscaler. And the research supports that view. Today, as many as 76% of cloud buyers use multiple cloud providers1. More than half of organizations are planning hybrid cloud deployments between private and public cloud2, while 48% plan to increase cloud spend and 66% to up their cloud security3 this year.  

Multicloud is the cloud market moving forwards. But your journey isn’t likely to be a linear one. To set yourself up for success, you should expect a continuous cycle of transformation and optimization, delivering incremental improvements and increased value with each step.   

Keeping cloud simple is a complex matter 

Most organizations understand they must overcome some challenges in adopting cloud and those challenges are multiplied with multiple clouds.

Whether its managing multiple cloud partners, creating secure, consistent environments across managed public cloud, on-premises and private cloud platforms, or juggling the needs of traditional and cloud-native applications – it’s never simple.  

Along with increased complexity, comes increased cybercrime vulnerability. And your business growth can slow down to a snail’s pace due to governance, risk and compliance measures becoming increasingly onerous. Given that most cloud vendors are seeking some form of lock-in agreements, managing multicloud landscapes can be costly, too. Even getting visibility into your entire estate doesn’t come cheap.  

Add to this the upskilling of your organization to manage two of the major public cloud operators and a private cloud, and suddenly your investment in people, processes and certifications becomes massive. Now it’s no longer a mystery why as many as 70% of businesses rely on managed cloud services providers like us to help them keep things simpler4

For example, read our case study about Belgian chemicals manufacturer and longstanding client, Lawter. Initially they moved away from an incumbent supplier to us, to manage their SAP estate on top of a private cloud. We’re now moving those same workloads from private cloud onto Azure, all while delivering a consistent Managed Service for their SAP Basis environment. We’re able to give them full flexibility to choose whatever flavour of multicloud they need, but with the consistency and simplicity of our Managed Services. 

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We’ve helped Belgian chemicals manufacturer Lawter move their SAP workloads from a private cloud to Azure

Your people are your secret sauce 

All cloud challenges are hard to solve without skilled people. And unless you have an enormous IT budget, you’re unlikely to have a deep bench. All of this slows your pace of innovation, because your people are focused elsewhere. Getting new services to market requires fast development – which is one of the reasons why cloud spend is no longer just the domain of the CIO. It’s not just about cost savings for the lines of business – you also want to use cloud services in order to invest and innovate. 

Another one of our clients, Henkel, a chemicals manufacturer, was driven by the need to simplify a complex environment of multiple hybrid and on-premises contact centers into a single, cloud-based solution. Following our successfully orchestrated, remote migration during COVID, the cloud-based contact center solution now allows them the flexibility to effectively manage their costs, while enabling them to introduce new digital channels and operational enhancements that their customers and service teams were awaiting. 

Everything’s simple, anything’s possible?  

Multicloud as a Service is about realizing the art of the possible. Since you, more often than not are using more than one cloud provider, it should make it simpler to manage complexity. But it should also provide you with cloud multivision so you can have your eyes and ears everywhere across your IT estate in an instant, combined with the intelligence and insight that modern technologies like AI and predictive analytics can bring to help you get – and keep – control. And when it comes to innovation, you’d want to take the brakes off, which means you need to optimize application workloads through application modernization and hosting initiatives aimed at freeing up your people. With multicloud innovation is well within your reach.  

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  1. Forecast Analysis: Cloud Consulting and Implementation Services, Worldwide, July 2021
  2. Forecast Analysis: Cloud Consulting and Implementation Services, Worldwide, July 2021
  3. Source: Gartner, Market Impact: Cloud Shift — 2022 Through 2025, Jan 2022
  4. 451 Research 2021 Cloud, Hosting & Managed Services, Vendor Evaluations