Cloudification trend: multi-cloud, with unified architecture, seamless & secured connection. Takeaways from the Beltug X-change: 15/05/18


While cloud computing certainly has its place in today’s organisation, there isn’t really such a thing as 'the cloud'. So, to ensure your well-integrated ICT architecture, what kind of solution do you need: Hybrid? Multi-cloud?


We found out about the different options from our experts. And TVH (a Belgian company active in forklift trucks and industrial vehicles) and KAS BANK described the lessons from their real-life projects.


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Is cloud the future of enterprise business?


Driss Nioua, Senior Cloud Sales Leader at Huawei, started his exposé with the statement that we are in a new economic era and cloud is the future of the enterprise business.  “A new way of delivering services”, is Driss' definition of cloud.


Multi-cloud/hybrid cloud is the main trend Driss sees in the adoption of cloud ('cloudification'), yet with a unified architecture, and a seamless, secured connection. He gave an overview of the services that can be combined on one simplified cloud platform (see slide 22).


Driss then shared a few use cases showing how a multi-cloud can be adopted smoothly by enterprises in different industries. He finished with suggestions for a construction plan to move to cloud (slide 64).


Hybrid IT, a key pillar of an agile organisation


At TVH, hybrid IT is a key pillar of the agile organisation that this industrial company aims to be, Kalman Tiboldi, CBIO at TVH Group explained. It’s important to have everyone moving in the same direction and avoid any confusion, he explained, as he shared his ideas of ‘digital transformation', 'hybrid cloud' and 'hybrid IT'.  The different terms each have distinct nuances. Kalman explained:


  • Digital transformation is the profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society in a strategic and prioritised way, with present and future shifts in mind.
  • Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services, with orchestration between the two platforms.
  • Hybrid IT is the operational model for an IT organisation that is a trusted broker for a broad range of IT services (including services from external cloud providers and from its own enterprise). The different cloud computing styles (private, public and hybrid) and traditional styles of computing are used.


TVH’s chosen hybrid IT strategy, the digital business model, is mainly driven by the fourth industrial revolution and the trend towards smart machines. In order to support and accelerate such a transformation, you need certain cloud components (see slides 9 and 10 for an overview). TVH is supported by Interoute on its journey.


Kalman still sees a few challenges to this transformation:


  • Application development, deployment & support
  • Integration
  • Security
  • Innovation oriented organisation


When it comes to the development and deployment of applications, 'You Build it, You Run it, You Support it', is an important mantra for TVH.  A key pillar of the agile organisation is empowering all teams (‘squads’) to handle as much as possible, but this remains a challenge.


When transforming the organisation to digital, hybrid IT requires a hybrid WAN, to guarantee an optimal integration.  Security is also one of the most challenging elements that need to be considered (see slide 27).


And last but not least, the entire organisation needs to be reoriented towards this innovative spirit and environment. To support this agility and fast movement, at TVH the power has been put in the hands of the teams.  There's no longer a strict distinction between IT and business: they are gathered in 'squad teams', with one person acting as product owner.


Win over customers by bringing digital experiences to market faster using cloud, agile and open source


“It's all about what the customer wants”: and the customer wants it faster, cheaper, and more personalised.  This is how Dominique De Cooman, CEO and founder of Dropsolid, started his presentation.


Dominique provided an overview of all the components in the digital experience (slide 7) -  but if you have to build and support all these elements by yourself, you will not reach your 'fast to market' goal.  The user experience is only the tip of the iceberg - below the surface are important elements such as technical architecture, business operations and business model.  All elements that can slow down the process of optimising the customer experience and therefor the go-to-market.


How can you reach that 'fast to market' goal?  This is where cloud comes in. Combining cloud with open source software and an agile organisation can give a real boost to your go-to-market.


Open source software offers the freedom to use it and drive innovation.  And after decades of development and 'eyes on the code', Dominique believes it is very solid and secure (see slide 13 for more advantages).


Dominique also believes in the agile organisation as the final element that allows business to grow faster and drive innovation. And finally, with cloud, companies can speed up their time to market, company growth and process efficiency through

  • Collaboration
  • Automated delivery
  • Security
  • Governance
  • Freedom


Dominique concluded by emphasising that leadership is critical (see slide 21 for insights on how to reach that goal).


Shifting your legacy apps to the digital age with low-coding


The final presentation came from Dennis Kruithof, Product Owner at KAS BANK. KAS Bank is very much present on the internet: it was first to develop an internet web application, first to have an app on pension funds … and is now taking the next step on that route, together with partner Atos.


Their challenge lay in rebuilding KAS Bank’s core banking application for external customers, in only three months. An important part of reaching that goal was the concept of the agile factory (see slide 8).


Dennis explained how they used a low-coding platform to improve the overall user experience, enable quick execution of change processes, ensure high performance, and establish a high level of security.


















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