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What is Cloud First?

At this point, you and your company have gone through the digital transformation, are immersed in the Digital First world and understand that the scenario of intersection between the physical and the digital “phygital”, considered the biggest relationship trend between brands and people, worldwide , tends only to deepen. If this is indeed your experience, you know that the next step is to understand the Cloud First scenario. 

Exactly. Cloud First means putting the cloud first and thus being able to use the latest services and features as quickly as possible. Cloud solutions radically reduce the time and effort required to deploy new systems, as they have auto-deploy capabilities, where the end user joins the system through a web console. Note that all software manufacturers today only release new technologies through the cloud, which ensures that companies that adhere to the cloud service are the first to take advantage of these innovations. 

It means that IT teams that are already prepared to develop on most software platforms directly in the cloud (Platform as a Service – PaaS and SaaS –  Software as a Service) will always be ahead of those who continue to think about Capex-type IT investments and proprietary solutions development. In this new phygital scenario, where the physical and the real merge, the strategic direction of development teams must be the integration between SaaS, PaaS platforms and their back-end infrastructure: Hybrid IT.  

After all, from the owner of the company, through employees and reaching the final audience, everyone wants and needs a good experience in their work routine or consumption of digital services. Remember: an amazing digital experience is first and foremost safe. Prevent data hijackings with multiple layers of protection, and mechanisms that ensure fast recovery of your company's data, should the worst happen.

Digital resilience: ensure that the brand and the company are protected, adopting a preventive posture against sharing access passwords, using multiple authentication factors and data encryption, such as documents and files in general, but also backups.

>> Learn more about cybersecurity, data protection and digital resilience here

In addition, it is worth remembering that if the company is just starting, adopting the cloud concept there in the project design increases the chances of having financial gains, cost reduction and operational efficiency for the company right from the beginning.  

After all, with the workforce increasingly migrating to the remote style, guaranteeing access to the information necessary for the daily operation of the company, again emphasizing the security of data sharing, considering a perimeter of unlimited scope, shows that the enterprise is attentive to the movements of the job market and puts it ahead of the competition.     

It is estimated that 90% of companies use cloud technology, directly or indirectly, with 80% using the Cloud First strategy. Which means that the cloud computing service is increasing and expanding significantly. 

However, IT leaders must determine the best infrastructure for the company, according to its profile. The number of applications, systems and resources in a company, in general, is large. Thus, there is no single cloud solution that meets the needs of the enterprise. 

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The evolution of Cloud Computing means that the information technology area is in a constant process of transformation. Therefore, what is now known as Cloud First, in the coming years will migrate to Cloud Only, that is, application and development strategies totally in the cloud, without offline practices. 

Although in smaller numbers, considering the historical growth rates of cloud usage, this reality should not take long to take care of everyone: large, medium and small companies that will soon migrate resources and services from Cloud First to Cloud Only . 

But calm down. Just as the migration of workloads to cloud computing is done with study and strategy, for Cloud Only it also needs to be gradual and assertive, offering continuous “transition waves”, considering the adaptation of legacy applications for http access.

Now that you know the importance of being aware of the Cloud First style, and even Cloud Only, for your company, talk to experts from the Matrix. They can help you and answer questions that may arise along the way.


André Tellini
Product manager