Cloud computing offers you creative ways of utilising IT, which in turn frees the organisation up to focus on what matters most – the business objectives. Whilst the majority of organisations recognise the need for the cloud, many are unsure of how to leverage the technology to receive the most value. There is a lot of confusion around which type of cloud to pursue and which applications are best suited to the cloud. We have developed a step-by-step process to help you fully understand and develop a cloud solutions portfolio. We will help you navigate the cloud and assess your technology options to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
1. Define a plan that clearly aligns your IT strategy with your overall business needs.
Start by applying your business objectives to your cloud strategy so that the cloud agenda is directly tied to promoting and achieving the broader set of organisational objectives. Next, assess your current IT portfolio to determine which applications and/or services could potentially benefit from moving to the cloud. It is important to determine which applications you need to own and control and which require less control. We will help you through this entire process and provide a solution that meets your business objectives.
2. Recognise your cloud options.
Organisations are often hesitant to move their applications to cloud if they do not already have a solid cloud policy in place. Cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Indeed, many organisations that have started to use the cloud have taken a hybrid approach, mixing on-premise and off-premise cloud services. This approach gives you option to ‘test the waters’ with less critical applications. As you become more confident with the cloud model and start seeing the benefits, you can increase the number of applications you put in the cloud – when you do that is down to you.