Cloud-based solutions are helping organisations achieve greater agility, efficiency, and innovation, and even increasing end-user satisfaction. That said, moving to the cloud is not always just as simple as clicking a few boxes and pressing go. It can be a drawn-out or complex process. Any cloud migration strategy requires careful planning and execution to ensure a successful outcome and avoid the typical major pitfalls.
In this article, we will explain what your cloud strategy should include, why you need one, and how to create and implement one for your organisation.
What is a cloud strategy?
A cloud strategy is a concise viewpoint on the role of cloud computing in your organisation. It defines what you want to achieve with the cloud, how you will get there, and how you will measure your progress and results.
A cloud strategy is different from a cloud implementation plan, which offers the “how” rather than the “what” and “why”. A cloud implementation plan details the specific steps, actions, and resources needed to execute your cloud strategy.
You need a cloud strategy because it helps you:
- Align your cloud solutions with your business goals and user needs.
- Communicate your vision and direction to your stakeholders and partners.
- Identify and mitigate the potential challenges and risks of cloud adoption.
- Optimise your costs and benefits of using the cloud.
- Monitor and evaluate your performance and outcomes.
What if you don’t prepare for the cloud properly?
Without a clear and coherent cloud strategy, you may end up with:
- A complex and expensive technology estate that does not meet your expectations or requirements.
- A lack of coordination and collaboration among your teams and departments
- A loss of control and visibility over your data and processes
- A reduced ability to respond to changing market conditions and customer demands.
So, where do you start?
If you have to ask that question, then you probably need a helping hand.
Feel free to call one of our Cloud Specialist Architects to get the plan rolling. Call 01235 433900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about a Free Cloud Readiness Assessment.