Cloud Strategy

Get ahead of the cloud or get left behind

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Unmanaged and ad-hoc approaches to cloud opportunities cause:

  • 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

An enterprise cloud computing strategy results in:

  • Broad consensus on goals and expected results of moving select processes to the cloud
  • Standardized, consistent approach to evaluating the benefits and challenges of cloud projects
  • Clear requirements for the negotiation and monitoring of partnerships with cloud service providers
  • Understanding and consensus on the enabling and managing role IT will play in future cloud initiatives
  • Goals and a roadmap for transforming internal IT from asset managers to service brokers

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

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

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

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

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

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Case Studies and Deliverables

Cloud Strategy Case Study of a State Department Federal Credit Union

Since 1935, State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) remains committed to serving its 68,000+ members worldwide. SDFCU needed IT to provide value-added services for members, which was perceived as a marketing differentiator in a competitive market. Aging infrastructure and end-of-life applications also needed to be updated. A cloud strategy was required to provide flexibility and scalability, while mitigating additional risks.

Cloud Strategy Case Study of a Large Food Producer

The current IT team of an international food producer provided IT services to all sister companies in North American, and was stretched for resources and time. An organizational mandate to keep costs flat drove IT to seek new ways to manage costs and improve services. Various business units were operating different solutions, causing challenges with support and integration. Info-Tech was engaged for a one-week workshop to help create a cloud strategy.

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