8. We are in the Cloud age

Author(s): 
Alfonso Ríos Alonso
Focus area: 
Some of the main motivators to stimulate companies about thinking of Cloud models for its businesses are the flexibility, the increasing productivity and a cost-efficiency related to new models oriented to services. Several companies don’t have enough resources and the proper knowledge to create and maintain advanced systems to fulfill its technological needs, to do so they put all this issues on expert hands without losing the control to manage its data in a unified way.
Who stands to benefit and how: 
Cloud services are a very interesting alternative for big companies, SME’s and start-ups which need to gain efficiency for its management process and IT budgets. Companies from different vertical sectors are aware of the advantages they can get from Cloud and they are orienting its processes and systems to a Cloud model to leverage and obtain a competitive advantage.
Focus of your position paper: 
In 1947 the world was about to know the amazing invention of the transistor and possibly at that moment, companies and ordinary people were not aware of the incredible transcendence that it would be in their daily lives. Like that, many innovations arrive to stay; today we are in the Cloud Computing age, one of the major technology tendencies that imply a generational change. Companies from different sizes start to understand how this paradigm can impact its IT budgets and what could they do to get benefits from this model. But most changes are not immediate; each disruptive technology alternative brings the need for adaptation to take advantage of new ways how services are provided. Similar to the giraffes which had to evolve to a long neck in order to reach the highest branches of trees, companies that want to go in line with Cloud progress need an open mind to face changes attached to a service orientation and adapt themselves to new processes where they can see how traditional limitations are reduced. Nowadays customers want to access technology services in an agile, secure, flexible and scalable way, with costs that they can control and if that’s not enough, packed and customized services available with just a few clicks. All of these attributes match with Cloud promises, a cost efficiency model of IT resources where CAPEX and OPEX savings are evident as well as offerings of applications ready to go and a pay per use model. But to address all of this, a transition process is required, where we have to combine at the beginning traditional and Cloud models to provide a hybrid delivery that allows customers not only manage data from its own datacenters but also using public infrastructure. Regardless if the customers want to use public, private or hybrid Clouds, in order to enter the Cloud age, we must not lose sight of the fact that it is necessary to understand what platforms worldwide have real cloud assets to guarantee that services can be provided in a consumption model, with elasticity to consume more or less resources according to the needs, fault tolerance, high availability, multitenant (service provision to several clients from a single infrastructure), scalability and in the end a native Cloud Computing platform ahead of any misuse of the term or Cloud concept. On this basis, Indra has its own Cloud assets called GPaaS Suite which offers an innovative and agile service model for developing and using applications in the cloud. This suite of products has featured in Gartner Magic Quadrants on four occasions, having been included in the Visionaries MQ under the “Enterprise Application Server” and “Enterprise Application Platform as a service” categories from 2.009 until 2.015. Indra has the knowledge and experience to provide a comprehensive end2end offer of solutions and services including consulting, the transformation of applications and the development of new services. To reach the innovation as a central axis to successful organizations and foundation of economic grow it is necessary the creation of an ecosystem where companies can count on technology partners who help them identifying the best strategy to adopt new models, and also to advice a proper alignment of business needs and Cloud services opportunities which in the end is what attract customers to join this new age in search of gaining efficiency and competiveness of its business.