CSC  has launched a four-stage, pragmatic program for financial services firms to use cloud services to gain flexibility and agility in their computing environments. CSC says it is leading financial services firms to the cloud, without jeopardizing high-performance, security and compliance requirements. The staged approach is described by CSC as progressing from early use of low-risk, horizontal shared services to deployment of ancillary applications, and then a cloud-enablement of mission-critical applications, all in parallel with the introduction of unique, cloud-only functions.

CSC says it begins by analyzing and matching enterprise computing workloads to cloud options to create a staged deployment roadmap that is both low risk and high impact. The decision to implement cloud is strategic to the top line and, as a service delivery alternative, frees capital and lowers the cost of operations to impact the bottom line, says the company.

With a business-first implementation approach to cloud migration, CSC says its Cloud Adoption Assessment methodology assesses, analyzes and prioritizes workloads to determine which cloud services represent the greatest business opportunities for the enterprise.

The Stages

Stage 1 of CSC’s approach is defined as the deployment of low-risk, horizontal shared services to the cloud to improve the agility, competitiveness and cost effectiveness of these applications and their associated processes.

In Stage 2, back-office support applications are transformed to the cloud, where a choice in deployment options delivers the ultimate flexibility, says CSC.

Stage 3 is defined as the modernization of core applications, whereby they can tap into cloud’s elastic capacity and on-demand simplicity.

Stage 4 is defined as the creation of new services, processes and applications that were not possible before the availability of cloud, and it runs in a parallel track.

This article first appeared in Insurance Networking News.


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