Why work with a cloud strategy?
A cloud strategy facilitates the planning and assessment of the value of moving services to the cloud, resulting in clear instructions for migration. The cloud strategy ensures that the cloud solutions you purchase are adapted to your overall strategic goals, and that they accommodate compliance and security considerations.
When is working with a cloud strategy a good idea?
Working with a cloud strategy is about creating a direction for the organisation’s relationship to cloud solutions in terms of both IT and corporate strategy. The work can start not only prior to investing, but also after.
For some clients, the end result will be a hybrid setup, integrating legacy applications and new cloud solutions. For others, the end result will be a complete transformation of existing on-premise workloads to exclusively PaaS or SaaS solutions.
Zangenberg Analytics has helped several clients to build a cloud strategy that outlines the organisation’s needs and goals of migrating to cloud solutions, aligning those goals with the overall business strategy.
A cloud strategy process kicks off by outlining the strategic goals of moving to the cloud and identifying any disadvantages. We map and provide a clear understanding of the current workloads, because this is a prerequisite for an accurate mapping of those systems and workloads that are good candidates for cloud migration and, of course, those that are not. Another key component of the cloud strategy process involves outlining the managerial and organisational impact of cloud migration, and creating guidelines for the architecture and organisation needed to support a cloud setup. Finally, a cloud strategy project includes work on the business case, making the financial impact of moving to the cloud crystal clear.
- A clear strategy and instructions for implementing the desired cloud solutions
- A complete overview of the current landscape, and identification of cloud candidates
- Mapping current competencies for comparison with future needs
- Business case for operating costs, optimisation handles and financial risks