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Define Your Cloud Vision

Make the most of cloud for your organization.

  • 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.

Define Your Cloud Vision

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.


Member Testimonials

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. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.

9.6/10


Overall Impact

$55,367


Average $ Saved

31


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

State of Delaware, Department of Technology & Information

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

City of Virginia Beach

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

20

Segal

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Alfa Mutual Insurance Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$11,156

5

Brethren Benefit Trust

Workshop

10/10

$123K

N/A

FortisTCI Limited

Workshop

10/10

$30,989

60

Association of American Medical Colleges

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

60

Lifestyle Solutions ( AUST ) LTD

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

10

Barrington Consulting Group

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

CAA South Central Ontario Systems and Services Inc.

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

State of Wyoming

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

New Mexico Department Of Health

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

City of Surrey, The

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

2

City of Alexandria, VA

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

City Of Mesa

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

10

Peabody Investments Corp.

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Breakthrough

Guided Implementation

6/10

N/A

N/A

University of Lethbridge

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

SAF- Holland

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Pacific Dental Services

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

City of Moreno Valley

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,733

10

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agencies

Guided Implementation

8/10

$9,000

5

Ulster BOCES/MHRIC

Guided Implementation

10/10

$1.27M

120

UCLA

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

20

Kenan Advantage Group

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

City of Colorado Springs

Guided Implementation

9/10

$63,667

10

Government Employees Health Association Inc

Guided Implementation

8/10

$12,733

9

County of Napa

Guided Implementation

8/10

$1,910

5


Onsite Workshop: Define Your Cloud Vision

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: 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

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

9.6/10
Overall Impact

$55,367
Average $ Saved

31
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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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

Need Extra Help?
Try Our Guided Implementations

Get the help you need in this 4-phase advisory process. You'll receive 7 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

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.

Author(s)

Jeremy Roberts

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
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