Quilt Syndrome: From Siloed Application to Enterprise Composable Applications.
Imagine this, you are the CIO or CTO of a very successful Startup, and you are moving fast to become a Unicorn in the next five years.
Your business has a unique value proposition that benefits SMB and Enterprise Customers.
You started as a single-country organization, you moved into a multi-country organization, and now you want to become a global organization.
Everything looks promising.
But -there is always a but- you had a meeting with your Senior Architects, and they informed you that due to historical reasons is not possible to scale at the pace needed.
You ask them why?
This is a consequence of our history and success, Elizabeth, your IT Architect Leader, replies. Remember the old days? We started small, with frugality, with an “all penny matters mentality,” and we built MVP solutions (Minimum Viable Products) on Client Server Platforms because they were easy to deploy, accessible to admin, and easy to build new functionalities using Agile and Scrum methodologies.
Bobby, your Cloud Architect continues.
A few years ago, we migrated many applications to a Hybrid Cloud, keeping the same architecture and connecting the applications using application communication connectors or APIs. It was the right decision, from a cost and performance point of view. Still, it was not a perfect solution: the reality is that our APIs were designed with a use-case mentality, so moving from the current maturity level to the next one will require rearchitecting these IT connections into an Enterprise Application Communication Layer.
Is that all, you ask?
Well, moving applications to a Hybrid Cloud gave us time, and cost savings, Elizabeth says, but it was not a complete solution: we need to transform our initial solutions built on a point-to-point scheme into a more solid, more robust cloud-native IT Platform. It is like moving from a “quilt” (multiple pieces of fabric connected via stitches to build a bed cover) to a new bed cover where every fabric has the same look and feel but is connected with no external stitches.
Are you telling me we will develop one super application that covers all? You ask.
No, Bobby interjects; we will continue using multiple applications. This time, each application will follow best practices (cloud native), so they can work together seamlessly and with no scaling limitations. In many cases, we will use the existing application code to accelerate the creation of the new application, refactoring, and composable applications, remember?
People often think this is exclusive to startups. Still, the reality is that this scenario also occurs in established organizations planning strategic growth plans. They need to review their IT Architecture to ensure they can support the incremental business because of exponential growth.
One thing you are sure: the business does not have the budget or resources to fix this situation using a Big Bang approach.
And another restriction: a solution is needed, and it is needed fast.
How can an MSP help the CIO/CTO support the Startup IT Transformation enabling the organization for exponential growth?
This is where a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can play a critical role.
An MSP can provide technical talent with proven experience to assist you in many ways documenting in and executing multiple small projects (step approach), so you can respond to the business while transforming your organization to your next maturity level.
These are just a few of them: (*)
- Cloud Architecture and Migration Services: An MSP can help startup migrate their applications to a cloud-native architecture, allowing their applications to scale and perform better. They can help assess the existing architecture, identify the gaps and issues, and provide a roadmap for migration to the cloud.
- IT Managed Services: An MSP can provide a team of IT professionals to support the startup’s business and operations. This would include services such as helpdesk support, network management, system monitoring, and security management. This would allow the startup to focus on its core business while the MSP oversees IT operations.
- Billing and Cost Optimization Services: An MSP can help the startup in selecting a cloud service provider that offers itemized billing and tax incentives. They can also help optimize the startup’s cloud costs by identifying areas of inefficiency and suggesting cost-saving strategies.
- API Development and Integration Services: An MSP can provide resources and expertise to develop a new layer of APIs that can respond and scale to new customers’ needs. They can also help integrate these APIs with existing systems and applications.
- Cloud Security and Compliance Services: An MSP can help the startup ensure its cloud infrastructure and applications are secure and compliant with relevant regulations. This would include services such as vulnerability assessments, security audits, and compliance assessments.
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Author: Jose Noguera – Country Manager USA