Platform uses AI, design, and simulation tools to identify best solutions for organizations
Accenture is releasing a tool that enables enterprises trying to navigate a highly complex world of clouds to more easily identify the cloud solutions that best fit their particular business needs.
The Lowdown: Organizations face a wide array of decisions that have to be made when mapping out their cloud strategies, from the large number of public cloud providers to the varying cloud models, such as public, private, hybrid, and multicloud. The myNav cloud platform, announced this week, lets enterprises design and simulate different cloud environments and then identify which ones work best for them.
The Details: The platform looks at a range of variables, from a company’s tech infrastructure and applications to data and expected business outcome. When a right solution is found, myNav then lets customers simulate it at scale to ensure it’s a viable option. Included in the offering is a customized roadmap that lets enterprises not only optimize their current cloud efforts but also maximize future investments.
The myNav platform offers a three-step process:
> Scanning and assessing: The platform evaluates its current infrastructure, applications, and data, and recommends an appropriate cloud architecture and solution.
> Using an automated AI engine: The platform leverages artificial intelligence when engaging Accenture’s collected cloud expertise and recommends an enterprise architecture and solution.
> Simulating and testing: The platform simulates a scaled-up model of the recommended cloud solution to ensure it can meet the organization’s business requirements.
The Impact: Enterprises understand the myriad benefits that come with the cloud, but the complexity continues to be a challenge. Accenture noted in a report this year that 77% of enterprises said they have at least one application or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, but that nearly two-thirds said they have not achieved the benefits they expected from the cloud. About 96% said they have gotten some degree of the cloud outcomes they had expected, but less than half are very satisfied with the results.
Background: Accenture brings deep cloud expertise to the challenge. The systems integrator supports cloud projects for 84% of the Fortune Global 100 in 68 countries and has trained more than 84,000 people in cloud technologies and architectures.
The Buzz: “We built myNav based on our knowledge repository of more than 30,000 cloud projects and over 80 industry solutions deployed worldwide in nearly every industry,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive of Accenture Technology Services. “myNav uses this repository to simulate optimal and scalable cloud architectures and solutions. By providing a more informed view and a calibrated cloud strategy for business transformation, myNav helps clients compete more effectively in today’s data-driven, cloud-enabled economy.”
“Enterprises need solutions to not only ease their initiatives of ‘migrate to and transform in the cloud’ but also bring certainty in their cloud journey,” said Yugal Joshi, vice president at Everest Group. “They are struggling in deriving value from cloud as they are not able to deeply assess what will work for them. As multicloud strategies become increasingly important, enterprises will need to have better migration approaches to ensure ROI from cloud initiatives. The key is to bring conviction in cloud adoption by learning from other adopters, leveraging advanced data insights, and creating contextualized cloud adoption strategies that can predict and guide what will work, what will not, and what changes are needed for a transformative cloud journey.”