Leverage the Cloud



But installing new commodity Solutions is always quite heavy going.

The Baker has noticed that certain Software packages still require a lot of energy to be installed, configured, run, updated...

Some commodity Solutions are available on the Cloud as "Software as a Service", which exempts the enterprise from buying, installing and running them. They just have to be configured and used. Standardization is pushed further still, up to the Operation of the Solution.

The Baker chooses to run his Commodity Solutions on the Cloud: expenses are more predictable and are decreasing. The transformers have more time to take care of the core business Solutions.

Installing a software package is generally more complicated than anticipated.
We have to configure the software, install the IT hardware, test, optimize the performances, train the operating systems team, manage upgrades, adapt the configuration to the workload...

The Cloud is one way of simplifying the life of the Enterprise by transferring these concerns to the supplier: not only does the software used belong to the external supplier, but operating it is managed externally, which enables its use to be commercialized as on-demand or subscription-based consumption, and not as a license.

This phenomenon will drastically change the relations the Enterprise has with its information technology:
To obtain this value, the Enterprise has to take up the following challenges:
The migration towards this new form of consuming information technology does not only impact the Customers, it is also going to dramatically change the positions the suppliers have: the existing actors (vendors, builders, integrators, operators, IT services company...) will either have to adapt or change business.

The Cloud accompanies the generalization of agile Approaches and the continuous development of highly configurable off-the-shelf solutions, with few specific developments, and more minor but more frequent developments than for historical software packages. Cloud projects bring faster results more cheaply, minimizing the risks of failure (and associated cost) and enabling the gradual building of solutions with an increasingly wide scope.

Among the main features of a good SaaS solution, we have selected:
The SaaS Solution life cycle includes the following phases:

The Cloud appears as a heavy trend, the culmination of the gradual evolution of technologies and practices, that will profoundly renew the roles of all the actors of the ecosystem, as much in the enterprises using the Cloud as at the suppliers. In the choice and implementation of solutions, it strengthens the role of the enterprise architect, who is the conductor of the building and evolution of an agile IS, and who knows how to leverage the full potential of this new mode of making IT resources and software available.

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