Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud infrastructure: regulated business adoption

Regulated industries such as financial services, health and government are all undergoing a massive shift to cloud, but the challenging technology transition for incumbents requires a strategic rethink of architecture, data, people and processes.

Our team of cloud specialists have extensive experience in guiding and mentoring highly regulated businesses on their infrastructure transformation journey to private and public cloud solutions.

Through our collaborative roadmap process we will deliver your business a clear and concise infrastructure transformation plan that covers; cloud adoption, regulatory guidance, continuous integration, continuous delivery, monitoring, alerting and governance reporting strategies.

Cloud adoption

Growing competition from new business startups such as challenger banks, fintechs and regtechs has evolved customer expectations. Incumbent businesses need to stay disruptive and relevant for their customers. The ability to utilise data effectively to differentiate and personalise services has become critical and pushed those organisations to modernise their core technology foundation towards scalable cloud-based infrastructure. In addition the urgent need for remote operations and exponential growth in digital transactions during the pandemic further accelerated this.

Regulatory guidance

For heavily regulated industries such as banking, healthcare and government, there are many regulatory implications that must be considered when establishing a presence in the cloud. It is important to remember that while the technology infrastructure shifts to a cloud environment, all of the regulatory requirements that were applicable in an on-prem environment continue to apply. In our experience many regulators around the world have become welcoming to cloud adoption with the provision that each regulated business must be able to demonstrate the correct level of governance and control.

Continuous integration

Continuous integration (CI) is a practice in software engineering used to merge developers' working copies several times a day into a shared mainline. It refers to the process of automating the integration of code changes coming from several sources. The process comprises several automation tools that emphasize on the code’s correctness before Integration.  For the business CI systems enable better transparency and farsightedness in the process of software development. It not only benefits the developers but all the segments of the company, ensuring that they can make better market decisions. 

Continuous delivery

Continuous delivery (CD) is the process of automating build, test, configuration, and deployment from a build to a production environment. A release pipeline can create multiple testing or staging environments to automate infrastructure creation and deploy new builds. Successive environments support progressively longer-running integration, load, and user acceptance testing activities. CD is a lean practice, with the goal to keep production fresh with the fastest path from new code or component availability to deployment. Automation minimizes the time to deploy and time to mitigate (TTM) or time to remediate (TTR) production incidents. In lean terms, CD optimizes process time and eliminates idle time.

Monitoring & alerting

Monitoring automation automates the configuration of monitoring for infrastructure and composite applications. Through monitoring automation we can deploy the appropriate monitoring configuration to each target instance. It provides easy-to-tune monitoring and alerting, by detecting new instances of components and mapping them to management templates and aspects that model the desired configuration and resource type. An alert is an automated message or notification sent via email, SMS, etc., which indicates that a predefined event or error condition has occurred and that some action is needed. Alerts allow support users to receive critical business information in the quickest and most efficient possible way.

Governance & reporting

Cloud infrastructure governance and reporting reflects how organisations monitor the actions, policies, practices and decisions of the cloud infrastructure teams, as well as the effect of these actions on the business, its risk profile and ongoing regulatory compliance status. Cloud governance is a set of practices that help ensure businesses operate in the cloud in ways that they want, that the operations are efficient, and that the business can monitor and correct operations as needed. A cloud governance and reporting strategy must incorporate several key aspects including: financial management, operations management, security and compliance management, data management, performance management and asset & configuration management.

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