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3 Strategies for cloud enabling your business

As per IDG Cloud computing survey, 92% of organization’s IT environment is at least somewhat in the cloud today. If you are in those 8% who have not adopted cloud yet, you are clearly missing out on the benefits that other organizations are getting. By now, I am sure you know the most benefits that Cloud infrastructure offers, but let’s refresh it once more –

  1. More Resiliency – The cloud providers scale up and down as per your seasonal needs. It is the most ideal way to support your growth, as you don’t need to purchase and hold assets for a peak requirement, but you can adjust as you go along.
  2. Less Headache – You don’t need to keep an army of people to upkeep your servers, manage security and hardware failures. You can sleep well knowing that the cloud providers are well-equipped in security and disaster recovery capabilities to ensure safekeeping of your assets and data. You, of course, need help to plan, configure and monitor it, but once you get the setup right, it is a smooth journey.
  3. Access to new capabilities – The cloud providers offer advanced capabilities and services that make your life easier. With a competitive market, the more and more services are being made available and the cost is going down. In 2021 AWS: reinvent, Amazon announced more than 50 new services on the top a very mature array of services. You can access these capabilities with a click of button, right from document storage to artificial intelligence, and create growth opportunities for your business.
  4. Potentially less cost – I am being careful here as many organizations have seen increased monthly spend when they compare with their current ‘infrastructure’ costs. However, if you look at it holistically by adding people/process/tools costs of running your current (and future business), the cloud costs will be potentially much lesser.

If you are convinced and are thinking of adopting cloud for your business, what should be your strategy for adoption?

There are following three popular strategies that our customers have adopted –

  1. Lift and Shift

    If you have a portfolio of applications on your premise, the fastest way to address your ‘cloud adoption’ business case is by lifting and shifting your applications cloud. It makes sense if you are going to get rid of your data center (or hosting provider) and save money on operations by migrating to cloud.
    Although you can do it manually by evaluating every application, for a portfolio of applications, tool-based migration process is preferred. There is a very strong tooling ecosystem for AWS, including its own Cloud endure ( now AWS MGN), to support the migration. The tools can help you right from ‘Discovery and Planning’, ‘Creating a business case’, Migration and also post-migration ‘Monitoring and Support’.

  2. Fit and Shift

    It is my favorite option as it lets you leverage the new capabilities that Cloud offers while preserving the value of your legacy investments. It includes selectively replacing components of your current application by ‘cloud managed’ components. For example, you can swap an Oracle database for AWS RDS, and reduce your license costs and maintenance efforts. As you are developing a strategy by assessing every application, it takes a longer time (~8-12 weeks for 30 applications) to define your migration strategy, but your potential benefits are likely to be much higher than just ‘lifting and shifting’ to cloud.

  3. Don’t Shift, Go Native

    If you are convinced that your legacy is not going to support your future growth, it is better to re-architect your applications and re-develop using cloud native capabilities. The cloud provides many platform services to rapidly build and deploy a ‘cloud-native’ application, so it may not be overly expensive option. For a global association of risk professionals, we recently re-developed their mission-critical financial risk estimation application within just 2 months, by reusing their existing python based code and leveraging AWS serverless and RDS services. This approach not only saved the development and maintenance costs, but also provided a scalable solution to onboard new associates very easily.

In conclusion, the cloud provides significant benefits to your business and there are proven strategies to adopt the cloud. Futran, in partnership with AWS, helps organizations to define the migration strategies and adopt it in cost-effective, risk-free way. Please contact a Futran Cloud Specialist if you want to know more about how we can help.

The Big Data Game: How Data is Causing Major Metamorphosis in The Insurance Industry

Today, data is an asset that can be used both internally and externally. Companies can collect more information than ever before in a variety of ways. Digital interactions with customers on mobile devices and stationery allow us to track interactions and requests.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has provided billions of connected devices and objects equipped with tools to measure, record and communicate information about purchases, customer responses to advertising campaigns and marketing messages that can be captured and analyzed.

Accurate information requires data analysis programs that can easily collect, store, analyze, display, and report on information from a variety of sources. These insights provide business leaders with the information they need in real-time to make better decisions.

The Data-Backed Change

With converting client expectancies and the sheer expanse of data being collected, insurance businesses are already converting their models and processes.

Among the high-quality modifications are the following:

  • Investment in tools to better understand their customers, their expectancies and their needs
  • Development of recent insurance alternatives to provide guidelines which are shielding extra items
  • Responding to an ageing populace whose insurance needs are converting in massive numbers and quickly
  • Realtime processing and mobile apps that respond to the expectancies of younger customers, who anticipate a digital-first approach (this pace and responsiveness are often contrary to the traditional approaches insurers had in the past)
  • Using new technology inclusive of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the IoT to create better operational efficiencies and create more connections with objects and customers

Challenges faced by insurers in leveraging data to drive digital transformation

Digital transformation provides a fantastic possibility for insurance companies. However, the same companies may also face limitations that delay the utilization and leveraging of data.

Among those problems are:

Lack of Policies and Procedures: 

Many insurance companies have grown because of acquisitions, which means that the integration of systems and policies is challenging.

The data-driven insurance company needs:

  • Data governance structures and policies
  • Consistent data definitions
  • Clarity of data ownership
  • Standards for the collection, storage and use of data
  • Data security guidelines

Cultural and Organizational Roadblocks: 

An insurance company that desires to achieve success in the use of data in new approaches needs to address these concerns promptly:

  • Internal cultural variations in how data is seen, valued and used
  • Data stored in silos without standardization and a single source of information
  • Complex data structures
  • Inconsistent data formatting
  • Reluctance to share data internally
  • Data quality and more than one kind and sources for data (structured, unstructured, collected, purchased)

Technological Barriers:

Technology is a common barrier or leveraging data. Challenges include:

  • Data stored both in the cloud and on-premises
  • Legacy systems, often highly customized
  • Lack of certified internal IT resources

Leverage data with Futran  

Here are some recommendations for optimizing the opportunity for digital transformation for Insurance companies.

  • Invest in Data Analytics – Big data analysis tools enable insurers to collect and use data from multiple sources at the same time, identify patterns, better detect fraud, and resolve cases faster.
  • Using advanced OCR software – The insurance process still relies on paper, either that it generates or that comes from other sources. Sound OCR software reduces manual entry and re-entry, promotes better storage, retrieval and analysis of unstructured data while accelerating processes.
  • Improves two-way communication – Insurers need to better engage with their customers — apps, content, and messaging tools. Tools should be primarily mobile and include features to capture interactions and outcomes.
  • Use AI to improve engagement – Artificial intelligence tools like virtual assistants can provide customers with the information or live assistance they need, saving resources and fixing routing issues.
  • Partners for Transformation – Insurers need strategic partners to help them collect, analyze and use data for digital transformation.

Conclusion

Emerging Leaders in the insurance industry are using insurance data analytics to manage risk selection and pricing strategy decisions. New-gen technology is working progressively to implement regulatory approaches to understand big data in a variety of insurance transactions such as underwriting, claims management, customer satisfaction and policy management to provide better predictive analytics. This allows insurance companies to describe the analytical decision-making process in all of their internal processes and business operations.

Futran helps insurance companies with their digital transformations by providing the best Data Analytics solutions such as Cloud-Based Data Warehouse & Data-Lake, Data Management, Managed Services & Analytics Model Development.