BRINGING TO LIFE THE BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING TO THE ENTERPRISE
The business challenge
IT organizations are ﬁnding themselves under increasing pressure to deliver more with less, however business demand for IT continues to rise. In addition, the economic climate is necessitating businesses to innovate and change, creating unpredictability and ﬂuctuating business demand that can make effective delivery of IT services to the business a signiﬁcant challenge.
The promise of cloud computing creates an irresistible value proposition that both business and IT leaders are keen to capture. However, the promise of cloud also brings with it confusion and concerns. The hype around cloud has brought the topic of infrastructure to the forefront of both technical and business discussions, creating pressure on IT to deliver cloud solutions in the short term.
IT organizations need to understand how to safely leverage cloud to transform themselves into a provider of agile, efﬁcient and elastic services whilst minimizing risk.
The Solution: The Cloud Simulation
The Cloud simulation can be used by large enterprises or cloud vendors looking to bring to life the beneﬁts of cloud computing.
Facilitated in a high-tech global scenario, the G2G3 Cloud Simulation brings to life the business impact of ﬂuctuating demands on global IT organizations and accelerates understanding of the elasticity and cost beneﬁts offered via the utilization of private, public, hybrid cloud and virtualization technology.
The Simulation will:
- Help deﬁne, then gain buy-in and commitment to a cloud computing strategy
- Increase alignment between business and IT
- Rapidly realize agility and cost-efﬁciency faster with cloud computing solutions
How it works
The Cloud Simulation is a half-day, role-based workshop, focusing on practical realization of the value of cloud computing. The simulation is highly realistic, and leverages game dynamics to mirror a real world global enterprise facing ﬂuctuating business and IT demands.
Because cloud computing includes several different delivery models and approaches, the simulation will help participants clearly deﬁne their objectives, understand the type of environment that will best meet their needs, and develop an implementation approach that will ensure a successful outcome.
The realistic approach delivers a level of tension and excitement that creates an ‘a-ha’ moment for all involved.
The simulation is typically delivered over 3 rounds. (A fourth round is optional).
Participants are quickly immersed into managing the IT services of a global business over a busy 28-day period where demand ﬂuctuations for services immediately become evident. Marketing campaigns and other demand drivers create peaks in opportunity, which participants struggle to meet with the existing silo-based, geographically dispersed infrastructure. Chaos and panic ensue as simulation participants frantically attempt to meet business demands. Opportunities are lost, revenues are impacted and customer faith is shattered.
A comprehensive review session is then facilitated, where the cloud planning process is initiated. Questions such as What is Cloud Computing?, What elements of this model are relevant to our business?, How do I get there? and What solutions can help me? are addressed.
To improve simulation performance, participants can use best practice to help drive fact-supported choices on which services to build or cloud-source, which cloud services to use when, and to dynamically orchestrate how it all comes together – internal and external, virtual and physical.
Participants are once again challenged to manage IT services during another busy 28 day period. Through deployment of a global private cloud and the subsequent pooling of internal capability, business results of Round 2 are vastly improved. By designing and implementing an internal cloud model that leverages the existing infrastructure and software investment, opportunities are met and superior service levels are delivered, ensuring optimal utilization of underlying resources. Revenues signiﬁcantly increase and customer satisfaction levels are on the rise.
A further review session is facilitated, where the cloud planning process continues.
Participants experience their most signiﬁcant challenge to date, with extreme peaks of demand being introduced. Deployment of a public cloud infrastructure supports the growth of capacity requirements in line with demand, lowering capital expenditure and optimizing utilization.
A ﬁnal review session summarizes the days events and allows the participants to relate the key ﬁndings of the day to their own organizations.