Manufactured project vs. factory product
Transformation with a factory approach is key to profitable customer projects and delivers load capacity on Cloud platforms
Sourcing systems to Cloud platforms will remain the dominant, decisive ambition in the IT market. The opportunity in the market for T-Systems is promising – T-Systems is leader in Cloud services, particularly in the private Cloud arena. The Open Telekom Cloud adds a competitive public Cloud product and the end-2-end hybrid Cloud is made a reality by our Cloud Integration Center (CIC).
The size of the workload matters
In a nutshell, “Cloud platform profitability is mainly determined by the utilization of the capacity deployed”. Customer infrastructure and application transformation is one major parameter for bringing load capacity to platforms. Applications and application landscapes have to be transformed to a Cloud-ready mode of operation.
In the past, transformation was surrounded by Big and Major Deals within a specific T&T project (Transition & Transformation) and organization. In the Cloud age, the trend shows a limited number of Big and Major Deals. So, to enable additional load on platforms, T-Systems Cloud products require more than one approach to transformation. Coupled with the change in deal sizes, competition within the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market is becoming much more intense. To put it simply – “IaaS will not be enough in the future!”
Focusing on the essentials
Reduced efforts in the field of IaaS transformation enable more efficiency and allow resources to be directed to products with a higher value contribution, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). How will we get there? The key is to rethink the approach. A customer with a contract that covers – for instance – the transformation of 2,000 systems will of course require a dedicated transformation project. The question is, how do we handle the transformation of 15 contracts or contract additions with 150 systems each? 15 complete transformation projects will not be the appropriate answer.
Cloud in scale units like T-Shirts
A different way of thinking is to define portions of the transformation of each system, as we do with cloud infrastructure systems like vCloud. This leads to predefined transformation packages. To be brief: “the packages need to be orderable products, available in different sizes, like T-shirts are”. The size of the T-shirt is specified by the complexity and the extent of the transformation effort involved. Predefined sizes – S, L, M, XL – contain the associated service descriptions, the transformation tasks and steps, and allow easier calculation of efforts. Transformation projects will be much more standardized and can make use of the T-shirts – the transformation products. In a Big or Major Deal it can of course be necessary to have XXL T-shirts. These have to be manufactured and calculated on the basis of time and materials.
The product-based transformation approach is obviously the way forward for transformation in the Cloud age. Portals can be used to find the right transformation package and to find the right Cloud product. The packages generate a controllable, flexible and agile service to meet the needs of cloud transformation today. Usage of transformation packages for infrastructure at globale IT Operations and the industrialized application transformation of globale System Integration are the basis for T-Systems’ structured transformation approach to the cloud. This is a significant step aimed at adding more value and differentiating the company from the competition.