Own data centers and their own infrastructure are often expensive, especially with respect to investment and operating costs. Even hosted infrastructures still require regular replacement and expansion investments. From digitization, new requirements also arise for the IT infrastructures in terms of scalability, agile service provision, high standardization of resources and "on demand" flexibility in computing performance and storage.
New development methods, such as DevOps, as well as approaches like Internet of Things (IoT) or other technical developments, are based on cloud technology, which can hardly provide their own infrastructure services. Digitization ultimately drives cloud computing and vice versa. In this way, cloud computing reaches a broad application after long years of discussion and becomes a mainstream. Software-defined infrastructures form another strategic top trend.
Cloud computing is definitely not always associated with cost savings, even if this is often suggested by the cloud providers. The cost effects depend not only on price for the cloud resources, but also by their own cost (now and in the future to manage the cloud infrastructure) and the amount of transition costs that the result of the migration to the cloud as well as the necessary architecture adaptation to affected or connected systems. Regardless of the cost impact, however, significant advantages arise from the use of cloud-based infrastructures:
- Shorter deployment times for configured resources
- Standardization of deployed and used infrastructure configurations
- Availability of dynamically scalable resources
- Unified management of computing power, storage and network
- Increased reliability through automated resources orchestration and increased fault tolerance
- Improved reporting and monitoring through combined infrastructure management layers
Ultimately, it is a strategic decision whether and to what extent to deploy cloud infrastructures. A serious consideration should be made in any case, as many of the benefits of the cloud are difficult to achieve through their own data center. Our structured approach helps to quickly and transparently get transparency about where clouding is meaningful and which cost and operating effects arise thereby. A good basis for defining and implementing the cloud strategy.
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Master of Engineering and Business Administration
At 4C you will not encounter consultants corresponding to usual stereotypes. And certainly not in the person of Joerg Bassen, who - as an engineer - stands for the principle of gravity, that means a down-to-earth attitude, objectivity, careful consideration and thorough analysis. Not only our clients benefit from his “engineer’s viewpoint” and his distinctive analytical skills, but also our internal knowledge exchange and qualification activities for our consultants.
His focus lies within the CIO and CDO Office and including IT strategy, sourcing management, digitization, IT Controlling / decision making and change management. Concurrently he heads as managing director our digital joint venture GROUP ZERO ONE, where he advises companies in developing, initiating and monetizing digital business models.
He has extensive experience in various industry sectors.
Master of Business Administration
An absolute intention to change things for the better is part of every 4C consultant’s essential mindset. Anyone who can prove this talent in challenging project situations, will go far with 4C. This applies in particular for Hans-Martin Schneider, whose assertiveness and talent for business development is combined with a good sense of humor.
His focus is in business transformation, digitization, business development & growth as well as restructuring.
He has extensive experience in the financial services, services and technology sectors as well as with owner and owner managed companies.