The what, why, where and when of cloud strategy and planning

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Finding the right approach to cloud is crucial to maximising the benefits of its adoption. For major endeavours in particular, it can make the difference between success and failure.

Indeed, the more you use cloud, and the more you shape your organisation and its people, processes and technology to exploit it, the more important having a considered cloud strategy and plan becomes.

One reason for this is because making the most of cloud – especially public cloud – is often as much an organisational issue as a technological one. Having the right people, with the right skills, and the right processes in place are key.

Most important of all though is focusing on the business first and technology second. The ultimate goal, after all, is to figure out the best way to use cloud to get desired business outcomes.

Determining this involves asking what, why, where and when questions, such as:

  • Why does cloud stack up for your organisation?
  • What current or new business services will cloud help to deliver better than the status quo?
  • When should certain workloads be moved to, or built for, cloud?
  • Where is the best place for the workloads involved to run?

And that’s true whether you eventually decide to embark on a full-scale cloud migration; leave legacy IT where it is for now and take a cloud-first approach to new applications; run a Proof of Concept in public cloud before committing further; or do something else entirely.

To provide more detailed advice on how to define the best cloud strategy and plan for your organisation, wherever it is on its cloud journey, we’ve produced a new paper, which is available for download now.

It outlines a five-step process based on Datacom’s technology-independent approach to cloud planning, which has been honed over the course of many different projects for a diverse range of organisations, including Zespri, Fairfax, Aussie Home Loans and Brisbane Festival.

Even if you already have a comprehensive cloud strategy, the stages presented in the paper can work as a checklist. If you are just building a playbook for cloud adoption at this stage, then by all means lift elements from it and incorporate them into your guiding principles.

Or, if you don’t know where to start to craft a strategic approach to cloud, then look no further.

We use the framework in this flexible manner, according to our customer’s needs. If you’d like to talk to us about it or planning for cloud in general, then please get in touch on cloud@datacom.co.nz.

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