Cloud Strategy

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Your Challenge

  • Increased potential for unacceptable risk (security and compliance) to critical enterprise data
  • Fragmentation of business data, processes, and identity management due to lack of integration
  • Missed opportunities to lower costs and improve service to the business
  • Ad-hoc due diligence that frustrates the speed and agility benefits of cloud
  • IT to be shut out of key IT decisions and its role and validity to be questioned


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Our Cloud Strategy Research is designed to enable you to make yourself World Class. We do this by:

  • Breaking down Cloud Strategy into digestible steps
  • Providing actionable instructions to complete each step
  • Provide all the tools and templates you need

We recommend that you do all the modules to improve your IT Cloud Strategy.


Module 1: Evaluate Current State and Organizational Suitability

The Purpose

  • Review list of known current and potential cloud initiatives.
  • Assess current interest in each cloud service model.
  • Review current IT organization structure and status of current infrastructure.
  • Assessment of cloud appropriateness.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Outlined the goals of different stakeholders to find commonalities.
  • Identified value for the organization of Public, Private, Hybrid, and Community deployment models and IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS service delivery models.
  • Prioritized cloud services based on business demand.
  • Evaluated current state to focus on potential and readiness.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Assess cloud current state

  • Identify adoption drivers and primary goals

1.2

Differentiate the value in cloud models

  • Understand cloud options and prioritize cloud services

1.3

Outline current IT environment

  • Overview of IT staffing and technology roadmap

1.4

Assess organizational cloud appropriateness

  • High-level assessment of cloud appropriateness

Included Resources


Powerpoint icon 30x30 Evaluate Current State and Organizational Suitability
Excel icon 30x30 Cloud Readiness and Service Value Workbook

Module 2: Evaluate Opportunities and Cloud Readiness

The Purpose

  • Assess the value opportunities for moving services to the cloud.
  • Evaluate readiness of each service.
  • Establish Go/Caution/Stop for selected services.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified core benefits of cloud implementation of individual services.
  • Identified appropriateness of cloud migration of individual services.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Identify value opportunities for cloud service initiatives

  • Opportunities assessment

2.2

Assess cloud readiness of selected services

  • Cloud readiness assessment

2.3

Determine go cloud, no cloud, or proceed with caution

  • Identify services appopriate for the cloud for each candidate

Included Resources


Powerpoint icon 30x30 Evaluate Opportunities and Cloud Readiness
Excel icon 30x30 Cloud Readiness and Service Value Workbook

Module 3: Mitigate Key Risks of Cloud Computing

The Purpose

  • Understand the risks associated with the cloud.
  • Identify mitigation strategies for risk areas.
  • Develop action plans for mitigation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Discussed corporate security concerns about cloud migration.
  • Evaluate current recovery capabilities.
  • Reviewed integration processes and plans.
  • Discussed staffing and skill requirements for the shift to the cloud.
  • Identified impacted infrastructure and data components.
  • Developed action plans for mitigation cloud risks.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Review cloud risk implications

  • Develop an approach to risk

3.2

Mitigate cloud security and compliance threats

  • Action items mitigating for security and compliance challenges

3.3

Address cloud availability and reliability challenges

  • Action items mitigating for availability and reliability challenges

3.4

Assess cloud integration challenges

  • Action items mitigating for integration challenges

3.5

Identify required staff resources

  • Action items mitigating for IT staffing challenges

3.6

Identify impact on internal infrastructure

  • Service-specific enabling technology action plan

Included Resources


Powerpoint icon 30x30 Mitigate Key Risks of Cloud Computing

Module 4: Complete your Cloud Strategy

The Purpose

  • Develop cloud vendor best practices.
  • Complete a cost/benefit analysis for each cloud service initiative.
  • Develop an implementation timeline.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Developed vendor selection criteria.
  • Established SLA goals and targets, and developed an exit strategy.
  • Identified success metrics.
  • Created a roadmap of next step items.
  • Drafted a cloud initiative roadmap.

Activities:
Outputs

4.1

Develop cloud vendor best practices

  • Manage vendor relationships and performance

4.2

Complete a cost/benefit analysis

  • Review of hard and soft benefits

4.3

Develop an implementation timeline

  • Cloud initiative roadmap with timeline, owner, and project status identified

Included Resources


Powerpoint icon 30x30 Complete Your Cloud Strategy
Excel icon 30x30 Cloud Service TCO Comparison Tool

Module 5: Workshop Debrief

The Purpose

  • Communicate change to the organization.
  • Review your cloud strategy.
  • Workshop wrap-up.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clearly outlined change details for organizational communication.
  • Understanding of the components and importance of the Cloud Strategy Document.
  • Reevaluated previous assumptions and goals.

Activities:
Outputs

5.1

Communicate change to the organization

  • Communication plan

5.2

Review your cloud strategy

  • Strategy document

5.3

Workshop wrap-up

  • Scheduled follow-up with Info-Tech

Included Resources


Powerpoint icon 30x30 Workshop Closing and Debrief Cloud Strategy
Powerpoint icon 30x30 Cloud Strategy Document Template

Search Code: 58879
Published: June 28, 2013
Last Revised: June 29, 2013