There’s a lot to cloud computing. There are designs and architectures and processes. There are organizational challenges. There are expectations and support and naysayers. But there are also stages of adoption. Day 1, your little cloud is in its infancy – it cannot be expected to master spelling and fractions out of the gate.
Initially, it is important to set expectations. You need an end goal – or set of goals – for which to strive. Then, with that goal in mind, it’s time to put together a roll out plan that starts small and grows.
The secret is not to get overwhelmed. With an end goal in mind – even an abstract set of goals – you can make the decisions today that will facilitate that growth. If your goal is to manage your entire IT portfolio from the same cloud interface, for example, you won’t implement a cloud management platform that constrains your rollout. Even if that rollout happens over 5 years, you’ll keep moving forward, building on prior decisions and success.
Build a plan. Set milestones with concrete, demonstrable business value. Continue to build and refine the vision, evangelizing along the way. Recruit a team of similarly motivated people. And just start clouding. When you feel the change happening, it will whet your company’s appetite for the fruits of your labor.
We’re doing a series called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting… a Cloud” which focuses on the many elements of cloud planning, and the questions you should be asking yourself and your team as you make your way towards true cloud delivery. Start reading with Part 1!