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More than migration: Two strategies to help you realize the promise of cloud

Thanks to the scalability and flexibility of cloud computing, IT teams can roll out new functionality more nimbly and frequently than ever before, helping to meet users’ rising expectations for fast, seamless digital experiences. But to fully realize the cloud’s promise, technology leaders can’t simply migrate to the cloud and call it a day. Instead, they need to capitalize on the ongoing shift toward open, connected environments. Google Cloud’s guide to open application development describes two key strategies that are vital to taking that step, providing a roadmap for IT leaders and developers.

Strategy 1: Using APIs to fuel innovation

Today’s application programming interfaces (APIs) help software talk to software, enabling an organization’s external users — such as customers, partners, and supplies — to get value from its assets. Using APIs helps businesses focus more on innovation and less on reinventing the wheel, while creating APIs helps businesses generate revenue by participating in digital ecosystems.

Strategy 2: Using containers to power fast, flexible application development

As an alternative to traditional virtual machines, containers allow developers to separate the applications they build from underlying infrastructure. This approach helps to ensure portability and interoperability — and, as a result, more seamless migration on and off of platforms — while helping to provide organizations with technical and vendor flexibility. Open-source platforms like Kubernetes make it easier by automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.

Along with strategic adoption of cloud-based platforms and solutions, these techniques empower companies to achieve unprecedented levels of agility and responsiveness. For more details, access Google Cloud’s complete guide to open application development.