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Whitepaper: Shaping the Future of Business

Whitepaper: Shaping the Future of Business

The pandemic changed many things. What we knew as business as usual until March 2020 became business unusual ever since. And sadly, the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for quite some time.

We can see how traditional business models are now shifting toward a digital model with innovative technologies that allow them to both survive in the unstable market and then thrive thanks to the gained agility.

In our whitepaper 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 we explore how digital transformation helps businesses mitigate the effects of a crisis, as well as why the Cloud – the foundation of many such digital initiatives – is the future of business, regardless of the industry.

Get your copy of the whitepaper to learn about the role of Cloud Computing in digital transformation, and why the Cloud is worth the struggle during a crisis.

This paper is dedicated to all business leaders that want to understand how digital transformation can help their business mitigate the effects of a crisis situation, as well as why the cloud, the foundation of such digital initiatives, is the future of business.

The Cloud isn’t a big scary thing that will ruin your business

The Cloud isn’t a big scary thing that will ruin your business

A free event for technical decision-makers, department managers, team leads, cloud architects, project managers and senior IT professionals (system engineers and developers). 

How it all began

Nearly four years ago, we were having an internal discussion on the Cloud and its impact on day to day business activities. That discussion soon led to an idea of building a conference designed entirely to address that very topic. It didn’t take long to mobilize the team (this is where years of hosting and managing tens of events and conferences helped a lot), so in late 2017 we already had the first edition of the Cloud Conference.

We contacted partners, customers, and the media, we put together a first stellar speaker line-up, and got things off the ground. We felt Bucharest was the best spot for this, and we went along with it.

Focus on Digital Transformation 

This year, at its 4th edition, we’re already looking at an event that has evolved quite a lot. While we’ve mostly kept a similar format (one day, two tracks, 10+ business & technical sessions delivered by industry experts), the focus of the topics has shifted to address the growth in Cloud adoption and expertise in the market.

A lot more companies are already finding themselves involved in digital transformation and Cloud migration initiatives and are looking for concrete references, best practices, and guidelines.

Throughout the years, we witnessed the Romanian market’s evolution, as it’s becoming more and more mature, which brings challenges that are far more complex and detailed than we saw a few years back.

It’s no secret that Avaelgo’s primary focus for the past years has revolved around Microsoft’s Cloud solutions (Azure, Office 365, Microsoft 365). Even back in 2017, we saw a lot of interest in the market towards Cloud migrations and Cloud strategy initiatives.

But at the same time, we also saw a lot of confusion.

A common thing we noticed when discussing with customers was the lack of a proper grasp on what moving to the Cloud entails. Coherent Digital Transformation initiatives were few and far between, and clear Cloud strategies were even more scarce. We felt the market (and especially customers taking their first steps towards the Cloud) needed better guidance, stability, and proven track records on complex Cloud projects.

We were in the right position, and had the right partners, to be able to deliver just that.

That’s what the vision behind the Cloud Conference is all about: a way for us and our team of excellent partners to show that the Cloud is not a big scary thing that will run amok and wreck all your carefully budgeted costs and plans.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

In many ways, the Cloud, just like Machine Learning and AI, will transform the industries similarly to how PCs and the Internet impacted them 25-30 years ago.

And whether you’re willing to accept it or not – how you deal with the Cloud today could have a significant impact on how your company will be able to address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

Looking back at the previous three editions (2017, 2018, 2019), I feel we’ve delivered on that vision so far.

Over the years, we’ve focused on providing access to Cloud experts, companies sharing their success stories, we’ve delivered compelling breakout sessions and post-conference workshops, and we’ve helped companies better define their strategy to move to the Cloud.

What to expect @ Cloud Conference

The Cloud Conference has generally delivered two types of content, as we found both to be incredibly relevant.

One side is more focused on the business side of things (governance, cost management, strategy), and the other delves deeper into some of the more technical aspects of Cloud (strategy, migration, onboarding, and day-to-day management).

We mixed all of this with partners’ success stories, specific scenarios and solutions, learning, and networking opportunities.

All we do is show people that the Cloud is something you can keep under control, and even more so, it’s something that can transform and empower your entire organization.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

A few years ago, we were looking at companies who were still asking themselves whether the Cloud is a good idea, trying to find out how privacy and data protection were addressed in a Cloud environment, and attempting to figure out the best deployment and migration strategies. Next, the focus shifted to defining an end-to-end approach for Cloud migration and governance, hybrid deployments, DevOps, and containers. Last year, we saw topics focusing on specific industry verticals, PaaS, SQL hybrid, and cybersecurity. And we’re planning to step things up even further this year, with an even more compelling set of technical sessions, business best practices, and case studies.

Join the Cloud movement

So, if you feel like the Cloud is something that is (or will probably be) affecting your company, make sure you don’t miss out on what we’ve got in store for you this year – you can find all the details (speakers, schedule, venue) on cloudconference.ro – so go ahead and save the date (September 30th) right now!

Cloud it’s a place where security, data governance, transparency, and trust are crucial elements.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

Digital Transformation. How to transform the company?

Digital Transformation. How to transform the company?

Cristian Barsan
Business Developement Manager, Digital Transformation Evangelist @ Avaelgo

1. The culture, the attitude

When it comes to Digital Transformation we all think about new cloud and mobile technologies, disruptive business models and innovative processes. First of all we have to admit that people’s attitude towards transformation of their company is the key for starting such a process.

Business owners are the ones who have the role of creating a culture of transformation. And a transformation is possible only with open eyes and proactive attitude about trying new things. “Fail fast, learn quickly and move forward” may be the mantra for many changes. It’s obvious that you will not risk everything. But what to risk and what to start with?

2. Top-Down vision

It must start from the top – the executive – and filter down and across to all areas of an organization. In the same idea digital transformation represents a mindset change that must fully align the business around the customer.

3. Start the plan with an accurate baseline – button-up process

The challenge is to identify core business systems and processes that continue to provide value and you will not change; and secondly identify which ones stopes business agility because of complex customizations, outdated capabilities and high maintenance costs.

Audit business processes, infrastructure and IT assets with an eye toward financial costs and value to the business. Then perform a gap analysis that looks at demands by the business for new services and the investments needed to meet those needs and support the business strategy.

Integrate the core line-of-business systems and new business initiatives with mobile, cloud, social and data analytics applications.

4. Focus on quick wins

The most important thing is to demonstrate the business value of new investments. Here is the challenge, to rapidly identify meaningful results and prove the correct direction. In this way the CIOs and/or project owner will quickly win the support of top management and budget for the next steps in digital transformation process.

So, start with well-defined projects that promise quick wins and demonstrable results.

5. Hunt for new talent

The new company processes will require new skill sets, including an entrepreneurial outlook that embraces cloud and agile IT systems. Involve HR in your new digital transformation strategy for fueling the business with right candidates now and for the future. Search for new talents, search for new skills.

6. Choose the right partner

Start and execute your digital transformation with an IT/technology partner with proven results, a partner who can be your trusted advisor both short and long term. They should have different capabilities, from strong business processes understanding, to IT infrastructure, technological support and training services for your employees.

In the end do not forget, digital transformation is about people’s courage to change and try new things, about the company’s culture and right mindset.

About the author

Cristian Barsan

Cristian Barsan Cristian has more than 12 years experience in selling business solutions in the IT and B2B environment in Romania. Previously Business Development Manager at Microsoft Romania, Cristian is now Digital Transform Evangelist at Avaelgo. His main responsibilities are the generation of new projects and the development and consolidation of customer relationships, as well as current partners and potential partners relationships.

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