Finding your Springboard to Microsoft Azure

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It’s no secret that everyone is at a different stage on their cloud journey.

Some businesses have already made the leap, and are right now enjoying increased flexibility, agility, and cost savings. Others use cloud in some capacity, but are still working out how to fully embrace it. And then there are those who are yet to make those first tentative steps.

Whatever stage you’re at, cloud is quickly becoming a necessity. Some 89% of business leaders believe cloud will be key to their financial success in the next decade. And with the pace of innovation set to step up in the post-COVID world, it’s a technology businesses need to utilise sooner rather than later. 

But moving to cloud isn’t without its challenges. Quite apart from the new cultural and governance models businesses need to embrace, migration can be a costly process – both in terms of time and money.

And with code quickly becoming the foundational way of managing infrastructure, businesses – no matter where they are on their cloud journey – must be able to fully embrace it in order to tap into the potential of cloud.

A springboard to success

That’s where Springboard comes intoplay. It’s an IP solution and service that aims to, well, springboard businesses into Azure Cloud while minimising those growing pains.

At the heart of this solution is the rise of Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC). IaC is quickly becoming the default for all aspects of cloud deployment – from individual pieces of software right down to defining entire data centres. It’s a key transition that enables businesses to really tailor their infrastructure to meet their needs and remain flexible. But the trouble is it can take over four months of groundwork to get even the most foundational codebase in place.

Springboard utilises the fact that, for most businesses, that foundational code is pretty much the same, and there is no need for everyone to waste effort, time and money reinventing the wheel. The things that get built using the code also usually fall into certain well defined solution categories.

With Springboard, businesses receive the foundational code and advanced blueprints to deploy Azure services and enterprise scale Landing-Zones as quickly as possible. Think of it as having a collection of assorted Lego bricks and step-by-step instructions to build shiny princess castles, spaceships and robots. And if you prefer to get creative, you can build whatever you want using the framework. Instead of starting from scratch, developers can slot together ready-made modules of code, enabling them to deploy high quality solutions to Azure without the months of groundwork.

A great example of this is Microsoft Virtual Desktop. The world was in dire need of this sort of application at the beginning of the pandemic, but for most businesses, deploying it would have been a slow process. With the Springboard blueprint for WVD, that lead time is dramatically reduced, enabling businesses to react to unexpected events in days, not months.

Business benefits

The business benefits of Springboard speak for themselves. A vast amount of time is saved, helping businesses take decisive actions quicker and react faster to whatever the market throws at them.

Springboard also saves a huge amount of money. Microsoft Azure services are revised and the programming interfaces to control them constantly change. Keeping an infrastructure codebase healthy and operational easily becomes someone's full time job. With Springboard, this maintenance is all taken care of on our side, meaning customer developers can focus on true business innovation and growth rather than basic patching cycles. We ensure we keep clients on top of the latest updates and new Azure service launches, meaning they always have up to date code at their fingertips – something which is key in a competitive business landscape.

It’s also worth noting how closely we work with our Springboard clients. As a human-centric company, we really value openness and transparency in our business relationships. Springboard is deployed in our customers DevOps toolset and together we work as an agile team to deliver the best outcomes. When the code has been deployed, the client has a perpetual licence to use it – ensuring clients remain in complete control and ownership of their infrastructure.

Granted, cloud adoption isn’t all about technology. As businesses adopt cloud, they need to reimagine their culture and embrace a more adaptive governance model. But no matter if a business is looking to start their digital transformation journey or optimise their existing cloud experience, Springboard is a fantastic solution to really get the most out of Microsoft Azure.

The pressure to embrace cloud has never been greater, and with Springboard, Fujitsu can make that journey more seamless. Helping customers exploit all the benefits of Azure and accelerating time to adoption, Springboard provides the flexibility and adaptability needed to thrive in a world where innovation is everything.

Ziva Khaiat, EMEA Director, Azure Adoption Advisory Team