Cloud Architecture Foundation for Data Analytics

Hybrid Data Platforms and Connectivity

From our consulting experience, nowadays most of companies have hybrid infrastructure, i.e. some systems are still on-premises, and some are on the cloud.

To ensure data can flow from on-premise to cloud or vise versa, network connectivity and security controls are needed to support data flow and data security.

Data Flow & Integration

Before designing data flow and integration, it is important to have data model to support enterprise data needs, including applications, data analytics and BI. The consistency of data model determines how easy or difficult to conduct data analytics later.

5 Considerations Before Signing up for Microsoft Cloud

1. Microsoft is moving for better

First of all, we believe Microsoft is doing a great job, building & integrating great and flexible solutions for enterprise and small business.

2. Consider Office 365 separately from Azure

Office 365 is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Azure offers Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

Microsoft sales tends to bundle the contract and make it sound very attractive for enterprise. Our advice is to consider Office 365 separately from Azure Cloud strategy and solution.

3. All-in-One vs. Best-in-Breed

Depending on your enterprise technology strategy, “All-in-One” Microsoft strategy seems making a lot of sense for a lot of companies who have ben using Microsoft products.

However, Microsoft may be offering the best products and services in some areas such as Office 365, it does not typically offer the best-in-breed for a single business and technology capabilities. For mission-critical technologies, we suggest look into the best-in-breed option before making decision to use Microsoft offering.

4. “Free” Always Come with a Price

Microsoft contract typically bundles a lot of “free” product offering.

Evaluate/decide what “free” products make the most sense for business, not by its price. By using “free” products not the best for business, in a lot of cases, it will hurt customer/user experience, productivities and your own brand/reputation. Choose what makes sense, what does not.

5. Know What You are Paying for Tomorrow

Microsoft contract is complicated. Understand what it includes and what it does not.

Calculate and estimate your technology spending for 2 ~ 5 years.