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As companies begin embracing cloud computing, new hardware and software resources to accommodate this new trend are needed. This means that there must be a massive paradigm shift in the way different IT resources are created, delivered to the customer, and consumed altogether. These technologies serve as a foundation of growth and innovation in the world’s IT landscape. Despite being here for decades now, cloud computing as a solution is still confusing many companies mainly due to new terms and the requirements that are necessary to implement. The same can be said about companies that offer cloud-related services. They are confused as well on the software solutions that are going to thrive in the market in the coming days and how they should plan for the changes.  

As cloud computing continues disrupting the IT landscape, cloud service providers and other organizations that use cloud services are now required to transform talent they have so that they can effectively take advantage of this new technology. As cloud services continue growing, technology departments also demand new tech.  Companies increasingly require digital technologies where there are no servers to maintain and a cheaper cost of service in general. As this continues being the case, the cloud is continually revolutionizing tech-savvy organizations that are in an all-out competition to get the best. As a CTO or CIO of an organization that has a digital transformation strategy, there are a few things that you must address to stay relevant in the game.

The first thing you should be aware of is that the cloud and the serverless environment are the future, and any company that intends to remain relevant technologically must embrace them. This should be taken into account when doing everything tech beginning with application development. In this case, you should ensure that when defining new services, they should natively be built for the cloud first. This means that you should develop applications or services that run or take advantage of the cloud computing model. Cloud-native is focused on how but not where applications are deployed.

For cloud-native apps and services to be established however, proper approaches must be adopted in design, implementation, and deployment of applications. On the other hand, serverless paradigm that is implemented by companies such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google is another paradigm that allows dynamic management of server allocation and provisioning for services and applications. With this model, businesses no longer deal with server-related issues but can instead focus on business and applications while knowing that infrastructure is in the right hands of professionals.

Building cloud-native platforms ensure that data is not only trustworthy but also accessible to people within the organization. When data is presented in a way that is trustworthy, accessible and in the correct format, it leads an organization to success. Many successful businesses in the world today are so because of the success in their digital strategies. With the entry of machine learning and artificial intelligence, more data is required. At the same time, business analytics and data analytics require large datasets across the enterprise that is necessary for making critical decisions. Failure to provide data that is trustworthy in the right format can jeopardize the decision-making capabilities of a company. At the same time, establishing a data-driven culture within a company demands that data should be made accessible across the enterprise. This means that data must be located in a central repository, that is a single source of truth.

Generally, how companies employ new technology and talent is what matters. Instead of just having a basic knowledge of business, it is becoming increasingly necessary to have a lot of technical expertise such as data analysis and programming skills, that are essential for cloud-based business landscape.

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