Preparing for the CloudBy Jennifer Lawinski | Posted 05-14-2012
Preparing for the Cloud
Have a vision for change, explain why it will benefit business and technology stakeholders, and describe how you plan to make it happen.
Connect Strategy to Business Realities
Break down your vision into action items, and define how the cloud will improve the way in which the business operates. Find the quick wins.
Know the State of Affairs
Assess the parts of your portfolio that can benefit from the cloud, and prioritize which ones should - or should not - move to the cloud.
Setting Your Strategy
Be clear in how your strategy will meet business priorities and how IT will empower the business.
Create a Road Map
Show how each investment and change, from technology transition to personnel, will meet your goals. Be clear about whether you will use public, private or hybrid solutions.
Execute Your Strategy
Your team will not transition seamlessly to the cloud. Plan for how your staff must change, and how new departmental interaction will impact the organization.
Be Prepared for Failure
No cloud deployment is seamless. Expect false starts and failure along the way. Use both success and failure as markers of progress.
Measure Cloud Success
Having benchmarks in place to measure success is imperative. Make sure stakeholders see business progress, and put people in place to help manage ongoing change.