9 Cloud Implementation Best Practices

Nine Best Practices for Cloud Implementation

Establish Firm GovernanceEstablish Firm Governance

Cloud adoption benefits from governance and management structures that thoroughly cover processes, workflows, security standards, etc. when evaluating service selection.

Inventory NeedsInventory Needs

Get a good sense of how cloud migration must support day-to-day operations. Find out from stakeholders and users what they require in terms of access and availability, support, business functions, and mobility.

Look for the Five EssentialsLook for the Five Essentials

For the cloud, these five essentials are on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured services.

Promote AutomationPromote Automation

Influencers will lend support if they’re made aware of how many tedious, time-consuming manual tasks can be automated in the cloud.

Mind Your Service Level ManagementMind Your Service Level Management

IT has to stay on top of the provider so specific needs on granularity, scope, availability and more are documented and enforced.

Timing Is EverythingTiming Is Everything

Be methodical in your approach. If you migrate functions too quickly without evaluating immediate performance impact, stakeholder pushback could thwart your good intentions.

Stick With Enterprise OptionsStick With Enterprise Options

Keep in mind that some cloud services are best suited for consumers. An enterprise requires performance capabilities which include agility and redundant, managed and monitored services.

Inquire Into CredentialingInquire Into Credentialing

Your cloud provider should have certified engineers running the operation center, ones who understand the big picture and can provide helpful, forward-looking IT recommendations.

Don't Overcommit to One Cloud CategoryDon’t Overcommit to One Cloud Category

In terms of private versus public cloud, many organizations practice “cloud bursting” by initially using a private cloud until internal demand increases to the point where a public cloud is needed.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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