What is CBF?
A cloud business framework is a simple framework that automates certain operations within the cloud-based infrastructure. Cloud automation frameworks are generally split into three separate modules: infrastructure automation, deployment automation, and self-healing automation.
Importance of using CBF
The cloud delivers a business and IT framework that supports innovation, digital transformation and disruptive business models. On a practical level, the cloud will help to improve your organization’s ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate. Your employees can work autonomously and interact with other functional teams in ways that would have been unimaginable in the past. This helps build a faster and smarter enterprise. The cloud also supports strategic models that lead to innovation and digital disruption.
Cloud automation frameworks have lower costs associated with them, as less administrative and IT time needs to be spent on these now automated tasks. Instead, the resources that would have gone to these automated tasks can go to improving upon operations and to revenue generating activities.
When your business grows, you often no longer have the time to spend on daily tasks. Automating these tasks creates an organization that can scale up without having to worry about allocating an ever-increasing amount of money and time.
Systems that can detect and mitigate their own threats - by self-healing or auto-correcting - are systems that are far more secure. As systems grow in complexity, it becomes more difficult to identify potential threats.
Cloud applications improve collaboration by allowing dispersed groups of people to meet virtually and easily share information in real time and via shared storage. This capability can reduce time-to-market and improve product development and customer service.
Data and applications will be available to your employees no matter where they are in the world. Workers can take their work anywhere via smartphones and tablets—roaming through a retail store to check customers out, visiting customers in their homes or offices, working in the field or at a plant, etc.
Cloud is the flexible facility that can be turned up, down or off depending upon circumstances. For example, a sales promotion might be wildly popular, and capacity can be added quickly to avoid crashing servers and losing sales. When the sale is over, capacity can shrink to reduce costs.
The first step is to understand which on-premises applications are the best candidates for migration to, or development in, the cloud. The goal is a prioritized list of applications and services to move to the cloud, based on your business case. Also, a clear understanding of what technical effort and cloud resources are required.
Once SoftElegance team has a prioritized list of applications that are candidates for the cloud, it will move forward with the preparation stage of a cloud migration.This phase is all about tearing down the existing application and re-architecting it for the cloud. This process starts with a thorough review of application modules, their dependencies and their compatibility with the cloud. The goal is to ensure that these applications utilize resources efficiently, are easily maintainable and can scale rapidly based on your business need. Ultimately, you will have total visibility across the entire on-premises and cloud-based environments in order to verify that applications perform from both a technical and business perspective.
It’s critical to verify that applications and services in the cloud are up and running at all times—and for all users on all their devices.This may involve the following issues:
• Instrumenting the IT environment to harvest and display performance data.
• Collaborating across functional groups within IT, such as app development, network engineering, operations, system administration and mobility.
• Working with your business teams to glean key insights and take appropriate action.The goal is to gain a clear end-to-end view of your organization’s applications, networks, systems, and other resources on and off the cloud - along with insight into the resulting user experience and business impact. Analyzing these insights arms IT and business teams with the information they require to deliver optimal performance and make strategic technical and decisions for your business.
The end goal is to create discernible value for your organization, as well as customers and business partners.On this stage the task of SoftElegance team is to develop a plan and a framework for leveraging the cloud to drive process improvement and, in the end, achieve digital innovation and maximum return on investment.