- Tom Baker, Manager of Architecture & Research, NZ Department of Corrections
- Glenn Burnside, Executive VP, Headspring
- Brian Doyle, Infrastructure Architect, Gen Worth
- Scott Clark, Vice President, Innovation Credit Union Limited
- David Schwindt, Manager IM/IT, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
- Terry Honeycutt, MIS Director, Pueblo of Isleta Government Programs
- Bart Veldhuis, Cloud Consultant, Weolcan
- Peter Joseph, Cloud Architect & Independent Consultant
- Brian Pokojoy, Associate Director, University of Calgary
- Rick van der Mieden, Infrastructure and Cloud Architect, Resonate IT
- Paul Baran and Craig Bates, Director Business Systems, Allegheny Technologies Inc.
- Shlomi Fanan, Head of Cloud Computing, WE Ankor
- Bala Dengale, Cloud Architect
- Nick Korte, Infrastructure Administrator, Organic Valley
- Kevin Vigil, Director of Information Technology, Southwest Care Center
Additional interviews were conducted but due to privacy and confidentiality requirements, they are not listed.
- Outsourcing part of your IT infrastructure is inevitable. The question is no longer about whether to outsource, but when to outsource.
- IT infrastructure outsourcing options are plentiful and growing. There are more options to outsource to the cloud than ever before, including a suitable solution for every organization.
- Time your public cloud IaaS project to the infrastructure hardware refresh cycle. Don’t throw away perfectly good servers just to move to the cloud.
- Don’t blindly implement public cloud IaaS just to save money, and at the cost of performance.
- Hybrid services are hot. Providers are differentiating themselves through managed cloud services and multi-service hybrid offerings.
Impact and Result
- Assess cost and strategic fit when determining deployment decisions.
- Treat your cloud vendor as a partner – collaboration works much better than penalties do.
- Consider both current and future requirements when selecting a public cloud IaaS solution and build them into your contract.
Start here – read the Executive Brief
Read our concise Executive Brief to find out how to choose the right public cloud IaaS partner, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and discover the four ways we can support you in completing this project.
1. Launch the public cloud IaaS project and collect requirements
Develop a project plan to launch the public cloud IaaS project.
2. Select a public cloud IaaS solution
Select the best-fit public cloud vendor based on the requirements and criteria.
3. Plan the public cloud IaaS implementation
Transform the public cloud plan into an implementable project.
This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Launch the public cloud IaaS project and collect requirements
Call #1 - Identify organizational fit and deployment with public cloud IaaS.
Call #2 - Create the project plan.
Call #3 - Gather requirements and metrics.
Guided Implementation #2 - Select your public cloud IaaS solution
Call #1 - Discuss and complete the IaaS vendor assessment.
Call #2 - Complete the IaaS RFP template.
Call #3 - Conduct contract review.
Guided Implementation #3 - Plan your public cloud IaaS implementation
Call #1 - Create an implementation plan and roadmap.
Call #2 - Discuss rollout of processes and hand over to Operations.
Call #3 - Review your exit strategy and communication plan.
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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Launch the Public Cloud IaaS Project and Collect Requirements
- Identify organizational fit and deployment method for public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
- Create the project plan.
- Gather requirements and metrics.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Development of your organization’s public cloud IaaS requirements and metrics lists.
- Creation of a project plan that includes a high-level strategy plan.
Conduct a strategy, use case, and driver analysis.
Create your cloud IaaS project charter.
- Documented project charter
Gather and record the team.
Identify and prioritize your cloud IaaS project goals.
Conduct a high level TCO assessment.
Evaluate features to create your requirements scorecard.
- Public cloud IaaS requirements and features list
Formulate the metrics.
- Creation of metrics for the metric scorecard
Module 2: Select Your Public Cloud IaaS Solution
- Discuss and complete the IaaS vendor assessment.
- Complete the IaaS RFP template.
- Contract review.
Key Benefits Achieved
- A completed vendor assessment scorecard outlining the recommended vendor(s).
- Selection of a public cloud IaaS solution.
Evaluate vendor profiles to determine your shortlist.
Determine the weightings for criteria in your assessment tool.
Create the assessment tool scoring criteria and features.
- Completion of a custom vendor assessment scorecard with a refined scoring methodology and criteria
Plan for and conduct vendor demos.
- A structured analysis for each vendor on the shortlist
Analyze your technical short- and long-term requirements with the capacity assessment template.
- Public cloud IaaS capacity and technical requirements assessment
Integrate the scorecard requirements into an RFP.
Score the vendors on your shortlist.
Select a vendor and cloud solution.
Module 3: Plan Your Public Cloud IaaS Implementation
- Create an implementation plan and roadmap.
- Discuss rollout of processes and hand over to Operations.
- Review your exit strategy and communication plan.
Key Benefits Achieved
- A project implementation and communication plan.
Establish an implementation resourcing plan.
- Implementation resourcing plan and work breakdown structure
Plan your implementation task list by looking at people, process, and technology initiatives.
Create the implementation roadmap.
- Comprehensive project roadmap
Develop a communication deck and strategy.
- A communication strategy or plan
Assess your project’s progress with the metrics scorecard tool.
- Completed metrics scorecard and evaluation of it
Formulate an exit strategy.