Journey to the Cloud - 2

Journey to the Cloud – Four Years in the Making

2) Getting to June 2015

In the second instalment of this blog I summarise where we are at the start of June 2015; with a very brief overview of how we have reached this point. In future posts I will recap key steps on the journey, some in the past, others very present and some for the future.

June 2015  

We are using the GCloud framework to source a partner to implement our new cloud first solution; proposals are due back for the 1st June; and will be evaluated during June.

There have been a number of steps en route including:

  • Implementing a private cloud model in 2012

  • Doing some early research and setting the foundation for cloud in summer 2013

  • Developing options for the future ICT service model looking at cloud and non-cloud;in house, hybrid or out-source; shared service or multi source for a strategic decision in December 2013.

  • Adopting a sourcing strategy – based on business needs and expiry of existing contracts

  • Developing a new Target Operating Model; confirming the cloud first approach - Dec 2014

  • Developing high and then low level design documents to inform the future technical architecture

  • Creating and testing a cost model for the Information Systems Service that includes savings already committed through the annual budget process

  • Explaining how cloud computing can offer more flexibility and agility for the business and how it moves historic cyclical big bang capital investment into an annual revenue spend (rent not own)

  • Seeking further approval and ratification for the cloud first approach


The challenge to explain Cloud

Say cloud computing to most senior managers and not un-naturally a blank look is what follows. Talk about agility, scalability and flexibility and there is a better response.  Some questions to ask ourselves in the IS department and to engage with our business customers:

  • Why do we pay for test and development servers that we only use say 13 weeks a year;

  • Can we really pay for services (processor, memory, bandwidth and support) only when we actually use them; if so how do we better control costs and use

  • Will our software runin the cloud (as software as a service) – or have our application suppliers not caught up with the cloud evolution

  • Can the cloud provide better service resilience and disaster recovery with reduced budgets

  • Is the cloud secure – Public Sector Network (PSN) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standards

  • Does the cloud make customer self-service and employee flexible working easier andbetter

  • Does it provide real savings at a price and quality we can afford

  • What is the opportunity cost of ignoring cloud as a future service model - can we afford to own, manage and operate our IT as we used to do/do now


Nick O’Reilly
Director of Information Systems
Derby City Council

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