Choose a Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service Partner

Public cloud IaaS is gaining traction and going mainstream. Select the right provider of cloud services for specific use cases to get the most from your hybrid cloud infrastructure.

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Failure to select the right public cloud provider and properly plan the implementation can lead to:

  • Outsourcing failure. Many of our clients report low rates of success with realizing success in the cloud, often citing lack of due diligence and planning as the main cause.
  • Missing out on cost savings, productivity, and efficiency gains in process improvement related to the public cloud solution.
  • Lack of readiness for future cloud initiatives.

A process for planning, evaluating, reviewing, and implementing a cloud solution will provide:

  • The selection of the right solution and vendor for your organization that is both a good strategic fit and able to meet your requirements.
  • Tangible cost savings in both the short and long term.
  • A justified, objective process for evaluating public cloud vendors using an agreed upon scoring methodology and assessment scorecard.

Module 1: Launch the Public Cloud IaaS Project and Collect Requirements

The Purpose

  • 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.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Conduct a strategy, use case, and driver analysis.
1.2 Create your cloud IaaS project charter.
  • Documented project charter
1.3 Gather and record the team.
1.4 Identify and prioritize your cloud IaaS project goals.
1.5 Conduct a high level TCO assessment.
1.6 Evaluate features to create your requirements scorecard.
  • Public cloud IaaS requirements and features list
1.7 Formulate the metrics.
  • Creation of metrics for the metric scorecard

Module 2: Select Your Public Cloud IaaS Solution

The Purpose

  • 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.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Evaluate vendor profiles to determine your shortlist.
2.2 Determine the weightings for criteria in your assessment tool.
2.3 Create the assessment tool scoring criteria and features.
  • Completion of a custom vendor assessment scorecard with a refined scoring methodology and criteria
2.4 Plan for and conduct vendor demos.
  • A structured analysis for each vendor on the shortlist
2.5 Analyze your technical short- and long-term requirements with the capacity assessment template.
  • Public cloud IaaS capacity and technical requirements assessment
2.6 Integrate the scorecard requirements into an RFP.
2.7 Score the vendors on your shortlist.
2.8 Select a vendor and cloud solution.

Module 3: Plan Your Public Cloud IaaS Implementation

The Purpose

  • 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.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Establish an implementation resourcing plan.
  • Implementation resourcing plan and work breakdown structure
3.2 Plan your implementation task list by looking at people, process, and technology initiatives.
3.3 Create the implementation roadmap.
  • Comprehensive project roadmap
3.4 Develop a communication deck and strategy.
  • A communication strategy or plan
3.5 Assess your project’s progress with the metrics scorecard tool.
  • Completed metrics scorecard and evaluation of it
3.6 Formulate an exit strategy.

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