If you’ve ever taken a long road trip with children, you may have heard the following question every 30 minutes or so, “Are we there yet?” Even if you answered with a resounding, “No, not yet,” I’ll bet that question still kept popping up far more frequently than you desired. Did you know that it is possible to avoid that unrelenting inquiry? You just need to carefully plan and examine the potential stops along the way and communicate the trip status to the kids ahead of time, at periodic points throughout the trip. This can make the difference between having a pleasant adventure instead of one that could remind you of the classic movie, Vacation.
What does this have to do with the cloud? Well, think of reaching the cloud as a journey. With careful planning and design, your trek can be a pleasant one. It’s important to map your requirements to business priorities to ensure that the cloud services meet business objectives and help your company grow.
You also have to communicate that “map” to stakeholders so that they know what to expect. The map includes three key steps: cloud services design, cloud operations definition, and cloud process business planning.
Just as many people prepare a detailed checklist before going on a road trip, be sure to have a checklist for cloud planning. This includes figuring out why you want to build a cloud, identifying your long-term operating strategy, understanding the service transitioning model, identifying what success looks like, and a few other key items.
Cloud lifecycle management technology and consulting services can help you create your own road map that will get you where you want to go. So, before you fasten your seat belts, be sure to read, “Cloud Planning and Design: Your Road Map to Success." This thought leadership article provides information that can help you get started on your journey to the cloud. You’ll be there before you know it!