To get the full value from their own data, companies are increasingly opting for the cloud. But there are many pitfalls to consider when choosing a future-proof infrastructure. A new webcast of the Computerwoche brings light into the dark. The focus is on the learnings from which CIOs can draw conclusions for their own transformation.
Catalin Barbulescu, CIO of bofrost *, and Stefanie Kemp, Country Leader of Oracle Germany, present a major project at bofrost * and other best practices. Journalist Sven Hansel from Computerwoche moderates the webcast.
The webcast goes straight to the topic with a survey. Moderator Hansel wants to know from the viewers which cloud services they are already using. A clear picture emerges among the participants. Almost half rely on cloud-based infrastructure solutions; for core applications, there are currently around a quarter.
It continues with one with an impressive example. Bofrost *, Europe’s largest direct food retailer, has long recognized how the efficient use of data and the success of business in the digital age are related.
But before it gets down to business, Hansel asks how bofrost * went through the corona lockdown. Barbulescu reveals that early investments in the cloud paid off. The company was able to saddle up with existing client virtualization and standardization and set up mobile workstations comparatively easily. Thanks to VoIP, there was also the necessary communication flexibility, among other things to connect call center employees in the home office. Peak loads, for example in e-commerce, could also be cushioned with the existing cloud foundation.
Back to the actual cloud project. Almost two and a half years ago, bofrost * launched its multi-cloud strategy. Several terabytes of data had to be migrated to the Oracle cloud for the new data warehouse. The company proceeded step by step. This minimized risks and gave the IT team some breathing space. Today, the new warehouse processes two billion records; that’s 25 terabytes.
But no project without challenges: The IT team had to get used to new tasks and went through a shift in know-how to license models, contract and data protection issues. As an important learning, Barbulesco emphasizes the need for a good synchronization with the cloud provider so that releases or maintenance work are not a surprise. In the same breath, he emphasizes that gaping security gaps are now a thing of the past thanks to regular updates.
The best cloud services, however, do not advance a company if employees are forgotten during the transformation. It was precisely this aspect that Hansel was concerned with in one of his most central questions: “How do you take management staff and employees on the way to the cloud?”
The long-time CIO and new Oracle Germany boss Kemp knows the topic very well: As a cloud argument for the CEOs and managers, she particularly emphasizes the speed with which new apps are deployed – an advantage that benefits the entire company and especially the departments is coming. In addition, the cloud – which is probably still at the very beginning of its evolutionary history – promises new agility, not only in terms of speed; Cloud computing also means that there are small and flexible entry opportunities for companies. Barbulescu adds that communication is the key to successful cloud transformations, for example when it comes to outsourcing issues.
Watch the full webcast here as an on-demand version and learn all the tips for cloud transformations as well as the latest innovations in the Oracle cloud: Fill up on cloud knowledge now!