April 26, 2024

Overcoming Cloud Challenges: Expertise, Integration, and Efficiency


Carel Wentzel | 20+ years cloud consulting, architecture, delivery


In the pursuit of digital transformation, New Zealand organisations are increasingly turning to cloud technologies to bolster their operational capabilities, enhance scalability, and drive innovation. However, the path to seamless cloud integration is not without its hurdles.

One of the biggest challenges is sourcing the right expertise to integrate your systems and achieve good operational efficiency. This article explores more of these obstacles, focusing on how the Solution Development Lifecycle (SDLC) plays a pivotal role in the efficiency of cloud adoption.

Navigating the talent and expertise gap

A significant barrier to cloud adoption in New Zealand is the scarcity of skilled professionals who know cloud like the back of their hand. This talent gap makes it difficult for organisations to navigate the complexities of cloud adoption, from planning and implementation to compliance with local regulations. It's a competitive job market where retaining top talent becomes as challenging as sourcing it.

The integration challenge

As organisations migrate to the cloud, they often face the daunting task of not only integrating existing legacy systems with new cloud-based applications but also integrating cloud-to-cloud applications. The need for compatibility across different platforms and services adds more complexity to this challenge. You need seamless integration to maintain data integrity, achieve operational efficiencies, and provide a unified user experience. However, the complexity of modern IT environments can make this an uphill battle without having specialists on board.

The efficiency quandary in the SDLC

Efficiency in cloud adoption is not solely about reducing costs or speeding up processes; it's about optimising the Solution Development Lifecycle (SDLC)to deliver value faster and more reliably. The SDLC has many efficiency challenges (see below) that can stifle innovation and delay the delivery of solutions.

  • The architecture conundrum

The initial phases of the SDLC, characterised by high-level architecture, solution architecture, and conceptual design, often involve 'too many ideas' and a lack of ability to execute at scale.

  • Cyber security bottlenecks

Another challenge is the critical need for security risk assessments, certification, accreditation, and security controls validation. Robust security solutions are essential; they must be scaled effectively. That's easier said than done, given the intricate nature of cloud environments.

  • The engineering gap

The engineering phase, crucial for applying infrastructure as code, proof of concept, and detailed design, highlights a significant issue: a shortage of doers. This gap between planning and execution can severely impact the project's timeline and overall success.

  • Cross-phase inefficiencies

Adding to these challenges is the slow overall pace of the SDLC and excessive hand-offs between teams. These inefficiencies delay the delivery of cloud solutions and introduce risks of miscommunication and errors.

Bridging the gaps for a smoother cloud journey

How do you address these challenges? Well, it requires a multifaceted approach.

Firstly, your organisation must invest in talent development and retention strategies to close the expertise gap.

In terms of integration, adopting agile methodologies and leveraging integration platforms as a service (iPaaS) can offer more streamlined and flexible solutions.

To enhance efficiency within the SDLC, adopting DevOps practices can help accelerate delivery by improving collaboration between development and operations teams, reducing hand-offs, and supporting a culture of continuous improvement.

Furthermore, rethinking the SDLC to encourage more direct transitions from architecture to engineering, with integrated security considerations, can minimise delays and improve scalability.

This integrated approach accelerates the development cycle and ensures your cloud solutions are secure, scalable, and aligned with your business objectives from the get-go.


The journey to cloud adoption will have challenges, but by focusing on sourcing the right expertise, ensuring seamless integration, and optimising the efficiency of the SDLC, New Zealand organisations can navigate these hurdles successfully. Through strategic investments in talent, technology, and processes, you can be successful in the cloud, which will help to drive innovation and competitiveness in your field.

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