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Define Your Cloud Vision

Make the most of cloud for your organization.

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Contributors

  • Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO & Co-Founder, Velostrata
  • 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
  • Nabeel Yousif, Executive Consultant

Your Challenge

  • The cloud market is exploding: 95% of organizations are experimenting with or running applications in Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and a slew of software vendors are pushing their customers toward Software-as-a-Service offerings.
  • Executives are crying for cloud-first strategies and championing lofty digital transformation initiatives.
  • Executives often see the cloud as an outsourcing opportunity, which doesn’t take into consideration its true value proposition.
  • Organizations jump to the cloud before defining their cloud vision and without any clear plan for realizing the cloud’s benefits

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Base migration decisions on cloud characteristics.
  • Address the risks up front in your migration plan.
  • The cloud changes roles and calls for different skill sets, but Ops is here to stay.

Impact and Result

  • Evaluate workloads’ suitability for the cloud using Info-Tech’s methodology to select the optimal migration (or non-migration) path based on the value of cloud characteristics.
  • Build a roadmap of initiatives for actions by workload and risk mitigation.
  • Define a cloud vision to share with stakeholders.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should define your cloud vision, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Determine the value of cloud for your organization

Align organizational goals to cloud characteristics to provide a framework for assessing the value of cloud. List and group organizational goals, map organizational goals to cloud drivers, and map cloud drivers to cloud characteristics.

2. Determine cloud value and action plan for workloads

Assess the value and risks of cloud for each workload and evaluate potential action plans.

3. Address risks and roadblocks

Tackle potential risks front and center in your cloud vision and execution by creating a risk register and developing mitigations.

4. Clarify vision and roadmap initiatives

Plot your cloud project initiatives on a roadmap and distill your vision into a three-slide presentation.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Determine the value of cloud for your organization

Call #1 - Align organizational goals, cloud drivers, and cloud characteristics.

Guided Implementation #2 - Determine cloud value and action plan for your workloads

Call #1 - Review cloud value assessment.
Call #2 - Review 6Rs assessment.
Call #3 - Review risk assessment.

Guided Implementation #3 - Address risks and roadblocks

Call #1 - Review risk register and mitigations.

Guided Implementation #4 - Clarify vision and roadmap initiatives

Call #1 - Review action plan summary statements and goal statement.
Call #2 - Review initiative roadmap.

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Module 1: Align Organizational Goals to Cloud Characteristics

The Purpose

Align organizational goals to cloud characteristics.

Key Benefits Achieved

An understanding of how the characteristics particular to cloud can support organizational goals.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

List organizational goals.

  • Organizational goals
1.2

Determine cloud drivers.

  • Cloud drivers
1.3

Match drivers with characteristics.

  • Organizational goals, mapped to cloud drivers, mapped to cloud characteristics
1.4

Select workloads for analysis.

  • List of workloads for analysis

Module 2: Evaluate Workloads

The Purpose

Evaluate workloads for cloud value and action plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

Action plan for each workload.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Assess workloads for cloud value.

  • Cloud value assessment for each workload
2.2

Evaluate workloads with 6Rs framework.

  • Action plan evaluation for each workload

Module 3: Assess and Address Risks

The Purpose

Identify and plan to mitigate potential risks in the cloud project.

Key Benefits Achieved

A list of potential risks and plans to mitigate them.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Assess cloud risk by workload.

  • Risk analysis for each workload
3.2

Review risks and roadblocks.

  • Cloud project risks and roadblocks
3.3

Develop mitigation strategies and work items.

  • List of mitigation plans and work items

Module 4: Refine Vision and Roadmap

The Purpose

Clarify your vision of how the organization can best make use of cloud and build a project roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

A clear vision and a concrete action plan to move forward with the project.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Determine cloud archetype.

  • Cloud archetype
4.2

Plot initiatives on a roadmap.

  • Cloud roadmap
4.3

Draft action plan summary statement.

  • Action plan summary statement
4.4

Draft goal statement.

  • Goal statement