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Cloud Strategy and Action Plan

Whether you move to the cloud or stay on premises, do it with confidence!

  • The cloud is more appealing than ever, but cloud strategies (where they exist) often lack critical information about skills and roles, governance, and financial controls.
  • Not all clouds are created equal, and the value propositions across service models can differ dramatically.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • You shouldnt move a workload to the cloud unless you expect to benefit from cloud-specific features. If your justification for the migration is “it won’t be here anymore,” think again.
  • Clouds have different benefits align your workload to the right one. Host with IaaS; build with PaaS; consume with SaaS.
  • The cloud changes roles it doesnt eliminate them. Even if you stick everything in SaaS, you’ll need someone to manage vendor relationships.

Impact and Result

  • Creating and employing a comprehensive framework for evaluating workloads’ suitability for the cloud using Info-Tech’s methodology will allow you to select optimal cloud service models (or colocation, on-premises, or managed solutions) and provide the high-quality service end users expect from IT.
  • Codifying risks tied to workloads’ cloud suitability and tying them to mitigations that can be employed to improve the likelihood of a successful cloud project.
  • Designing a cloud strategy to ensure that any cloud migration initiatives are successful in terms of governance, monitoring and reporting, financial controls, success factors, focus, people, and processes.

Cloud Strategy and Action Plan

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise executive brief to understand the components of a successful cloud strategy and how such a strategy can benefit you. Own the cloud or find yourself left behind!

1. Harness the cloud’s full potential

Evaluate and understand the strengths of different cloud service models. Use this information to optimally match workloads to service models – both cloud and non-cloud.

2. Develop a cloud strategy

Identify and mitigate the risks you will face as part of your cloud migration project. Outline the seven elements of a cloud strategy and populate the cloud strategy document.

3. Communicate your strategy and roadmap

Use the results of your cloud strategy exercises to plot initiatives on a roadmap. Proceed to create a consumable executive presentation to highlight the outputs of your cloud strategy project.


Member Testimonials

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9.4/10


Overall Impact

$41,332


Average $ Saved

17


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Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Los Angeles County Development Authority

Guided Implementation

9/10

$30,999

20

Real Estate Council of Ontario 1

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Virginia Department of the Treasury

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

American Bankers Association

Guided Implementation

9/10

$37,199

12

City Of Fort Collins

Guided Implementation

9/10

$55,799

20

General Dynamics Land Systems Inc.

Guided Implementation

7/10

$30,750

20

Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau

Workshop

8/10

$6,199

5

Vancouver Island University

Workshop

10/10

N/A

32

BCNET

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Department of Commerce - National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

CPS Energy

Guided Implementation

9/10

$8,943

2

Spartan Controls

Guided Implementation

10/10

$30,000

1

SIG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GmbH

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

National Life Insurance Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$1,859

7

NAV CANADA

Guided Implementation

10/10

$25,000

10

EOH Mthombo (Pty) Ltd

Guided Implementation

9/10

$32,836

10

General Dynamics

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

5

Christie?s Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

JSS Medical Research

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A


Onsite Workshop: Cloud Strategy and Action Plan

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: Harness the Cloud’s Full Potential

The Purpose

Select and evaluate workloads to move to the cloud.

Key Benefits Achieved

An understanding of where the cloud makes sense (and where it does not).

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Brainstorm a list of workloads to assess.

1.2

Align workloads to service models.

  • Service models by workload
1.3

Highlight which service model(s) make most effective use of resources.

  • Service models by workload

Module 2: Evaluate Cloud Risks and Create Initiatives

The Purpose

Develop a list of risks of a cloud migration, and mitigate them.

Key Benefits Achieved

An understanding of the requirements of a cloud migration.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Learn about the wheel of risk.

2.2

Brainstorm risks likely to impact a cloud migration.

  • Risks matched to workloads
2.3

Develop risk mitigation strategies.

  • Specific mitigations
2.4

Create initiatives from mitigations.

  • Initiatives to plot as part of the roadmapping exercise

Module 3: Produce a Cloud Strategy Document

The Purpose

Create a cloud strategy document.

Key Benefits Achieved

A comprehensive strategy document that collates information on cloud benefits.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Assess current state of cloud readiness.

3.2

Identify goal state.

3.3

Populate the cloud strategy document to align goals with workload considerations.

  • Cloud Strategy Document

Module 4: Create a Cloud Roadmap and Executive Presentation

The Purpose

Populate the cloud strategy roadmap and the executive presentation.

Key Benefits Achieved

A cloud strategy initiative map and executive presentation to communicate the results of the workshop.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Use the strategy document to identify initiatives.

4.2

Plot initiatives on a roadmap.

  • Cloud roadmap
4.3

Create an executive presentation.

  • Executive presentation

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

Member Rating

9.4/10
Overall Impact

$41,332
Average $ Saved

17
Average Days Saved

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve.

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Get the help you need in this 3-phase advisory process. You'll receive 4 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Harness the cloud’s full potential
  • Call #1 - Discuss and populate the Cloud Strategy Workbook.

Guided Implementation #2 - Develop a cloud strategy
  • Call #1 - Use the results of the Cloud Strategy Workbook activity to populate the Cloud Strategy Document.

Guided Implementation #3 - Communicate your strategy and roadmap
  • Call #1 - Use the roadmap tool to plot initiatives.
  • Call #2 - Discuss the contents of the executive presentation.

Author(s)

Jeremy Roberts

Contributors

  • Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO & Cofounder Velostrata
  • Hugo Frafoso, Enterprise Architect – Azure and System Center, New Signature
  • Vishal Ganeriwala, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Citrix
  • Kenneth Libutti, Chief Information Officer, Palm Beach State College
  • Eric Montagnino, Network Manager, Palm Beach State College
  • Carisa Stringer, Director, Product Marketing, Citrix
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