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Making the switch: detailing the cloud computing journey

Making the switch: detailing the cloud computing journey

Switching to the cloud can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. With the proper guidance, your business’ cloud transformation journey can be seamless and efficient. As one of the Philippine’s preferred partners for cloud enablement, Apper is happy to help companies of any scale in every step of the way for their digital innovations roadmap. In this article, you will discover what it means to begin your company’s cloud computing journey, the Apper way.

The four steps to make the switch

Every cloud-focused company would have their own recommendations when it comes to making the shift. At Apper, we aim to make things as easy to understand as possible by dividing our process into four phases: Scoping and Architecture, Build and Migrate, Optimize and Monitor, and lastly, Data Analytics & Machine Learning.

Phase 1: Scoping and Architecture

Arguably the most important step in the journey, Scoping and Architecture is where business owners get informed about the appropriate cloud solutions that will address their business needs. At Apper, this is where our Engage brand comes in: our team of cloud certified experts will be able to recommend the best solutions for you to choose from, with the right requirements and the right price.

We also educate our partners on the benefits of the cloud for their business with concepts like the Cloud Value Framework, which highlights the four key dimensions of value for businesses. We also help with vendor selection from the major cloud solutions providers we have, which are AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. Furthermore, we help them develop their own cloud strategy to ensure that their business needs are being met as we proceed to creating the solutions for them.

We also introduce several key cloud computing concepts to help business decision-makers cut the learning curve, like the CapEx vs OpEx business model that helps illustrate cost implications in cloud computing, and the AWS Shared Responsibility Model that details the different responsibilities of business owners and the cloud provider when making the decision shift operations to the cloud.

Phase 2: Build and Migrate (DevOps)

Once decisions are made regarding your cloud computing journey, we begin the second phase of the journey which is Build and Migrate, where we begin crafting the solutions for your business. We focus on creating the right applications using built-in tools of AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform, or migrating workloads for your business into the cloud. Our team of certified cloud architects across top cloud vendors ensure that whatever your need is, it is handled with the right expertise.

We prioritize building and migration solutions with a DevOps strategy: one that values automation so teams can operate on the cloud with greater ease. By using the power of automation, we assist in the rapid delivery of solutions for your business needs, ensuring more agile and efficient business operations. Our DevOps services empowers businesses to maximize usage of their cloud infrastructure and maximize the benefits of their investments.

Phase 3: Optimize and Monitor (Manage)

Because the cloud is a dynamic platform, business needs continually adjust and scale with the times. This is where our Manage brand of service comes in. We are well-equipped to do the heavy lifting for you so that we can optimize your systems accordingly, delivering the best business gains.

When we optimize your cloud computing infrastructure, we follow the AWS Well-Architected Framework that details the principles an organization should follow when it comes to implementing, managing, and maintaining a powerful and robust cloud solution that responds to shifting business needs especially in a highly unpredictable time. At Apper, we can architect, build, and secure the cloud applications for your business, allowing you to focus on your core business operations.

Phase 4: Data Analytics and Machine Learning

When we’ve built and optimized cloud infrastructure for your business, this is where the opportunity to supercharge it comes in. While we can build straightforward solutions that help in managing costs, or increasing your convenience, we also implement new innovations that can potentially change the way your business operates, through the benefits of using Data Analytics and Machine Learning (ML) for your business operations.

Both Data Analytics and Machine learning make for powerful inclusions to your cloud infrastructure and can have impactful effects on your business, depending on your use case. For example, you can make use of these to automatically predict business outcomes based on the data you feed to it, which can help you simulate different scenarios much quicker, and make better decisions overall.

Should you wish to empower your own developers and IT staff to become versed in Machine Learning and Data Analytics too, we offer courses through our mentorship program, Coach.

We believe that these four steps will truly help you shift to the cloud and take advantage of all the innovations it has to offer. When you’re ready to explore cloud computing solutions for your business, our team is more than happy to assist. Talk to us at cloud@apper.ph today.

Mosselle Louise Cruz

Sales and Marketing

Mosselle is an experienced tech startup country launcher and marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and Tech Startup industry. She has helped ASEAN tech brands expand to the Philippines since 2015. She has worked with FinTech and HRTech startups during their early phases, setting up groundwork for the local teams to drive growth and jumpstart operations.

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