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Microsoft solution provider Avanade has launched a platform to help businesses establish an AI-ready digital core and unlock funding to reinvest in innovation.

‘Avanade Cloud Impact’ is a data platform that uses the latest in AI and machine learning to integrate and analyse industry, business and technical data sources and generate rich, tailored modernisation for companies in their cloud journey. The platform is already saving Avanade clients up to 50% of their cloud spend and even higher savings for specific applications.

With cloud consumption growing exponentially, the enterprise digital core is transforming quickly with impressive agility and flexibility returns. At the same time, many companies are struggling to realise the full value of their cloud journey because that increased consumption generates redundancy, technical debt, and hidden spending on legacy applications. Over time, this results in an environment that is weighed down and consumes resources that could be better spent on developing new innovative capabilities – like AI. 

Avanade Cloud Impact works by analysing cloud consumption patterns and comparing them with a range of data sources like application business attributes in ITSM (IT Service Management) and CMBD (Configuration Management Database) systems, customer defined architectural standards to generate insights on a wide range of risks and opportunities across an IT estate. Insights range from observations to modernisation recommendations and in some cases includes cost-benefit analysis for the recommendation. With this platform, CIOs can be confident that their team is running business-critical applications securely. Avanade Cloud Impact can also deliver information about data egress cost spikes, application redesign options, and achieve up to 50% cloud cost savings while quantifying sustainability benefits, all without the need to make any code changes.

“Originally, choosing the best cloud adoption strategy was the main challenge facing businesses. Now though, optimising the run cost of cloud environments has become more strategically important,” explains Craig Gorsline, Avanade’s chief growth officer and global technology business group lead.

“Through improved cost optimisation, today’s leaders can manage their cloud infrastructure more effectively, build a competitive edge, mitigate risks, and ultimately drive long-term sustainability and growth through AI innovation.

“With the increased use of IaaS and PaaS, organisations are facing substantial and ongoing costs that could be reduced if they take a more considered and proactive approach to managing their cloud environments. Our Avanade Cloud Impact platform is like a digital adviser that can inform, educate and empower organisations to optimise their Azure cloud environments, manage costs and prepare for the AI-powered future.”

Merrie Williamson, CVP, Azure infrastructure, digital and app innovation, said: “We’re very excited about this new platform, Avanade Cloud Impact, from our partners at Avanade and how this powers deep insights and recommendations that accelerate value for our Azure customers.”

As part of its commitment to helping clients adopt an AI-first business approach, Avanade is offering qualifying clients a free introductory cost optimisation workshop. 

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