Henry Oboro
Henry Oboro Cloud Security Engineer

Managing the various technologies required to run a business is a complex and resource-intensive undertaking.

The massive skills gap in Nigeria exacerbates the management of various technologies and the challenges that face your IT team. Proper planning and organisation are essential to ensure that the structure of the technology is fully supported and subsequently, more manageable.

Enter a technology roadmap. A comprehensive IT roadmap provides a clear vision of new and existing technology solutions. It helps teams to gain a clearer understanding of the technologies required to support the planned IT strategy. A roadmap shifts the focus of your IT team from being reactive to improvements and threats to taking a more proactive, future-facing approach.

It’s important to explore developing and trending technologies when you’re considering the future IT needs of your business. One issue in particular that's on everyone's agenda is cloud migration.

The rapidly changing market environment in Nigeria is forcing companies to simplify their operations to reduce costs and react faster to changing business needs. Nigerian businesses require a cloud model that fosters flexible provisioning, an on-demand service and resource pooling.

Recommendations for successful hybrid-cloud implementation

Define your cloud strategy: Do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to develop your cloud strategy. Take the time to define your opportunities, needs and risks and then prioritise them in line with available resources. Do not focus on the generic benefits of cloud services, dig a little deeper.

Plan backwards, build forwards: Start by defining the desired state of the company for the future and work on achieving it, then plan backwards to what the IT structure looks like today. In this way, short-term requirements will be aligned with long-term goals.

Manage and orchestrate your cloud environment: To create a reliable and readily available hybrid cloud environment, ensure that processes are automated. Run the service on a single device instead of a complicated arrangement of network hardware. And make sure it’s based on open standards to ensure compatibility with your service provider.

Sort out your connectivity: Take a hybrid model approach to achieve the best possible connectivity. In other words, opt for interlinked service offerings between MPLS VPN and SD-WAN. Both technologies could run concurrently at the same location. For example, use MPLS VPN for critical applications such as an ERP system, but your guest WiFi or other less critical services over SD-WAN.

Take a holistic approach to your security: Ensure that you have all the correct tools at your disposal to go from on-premise to a hybrid cloud environment. Host your applications and infrastructure with a provider that supplies built-in security services to help protect your data and workloads. It's now more important than ever to have visibility into who is operating across multiple clouds and applications. We recommend using our multi-cloud platform, SkyLight, for a centralised view of your cloud workflows.

What’s next on the agenda? How about getting a head start on your digital transformation? Read our guide to find out which steps and IT solutions you will need for transformation success.

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