With the post-Thanksgiving holiday season now in full force, it’s a good time to take a step back and consider all the planning we do must do to make sure things go off without a hitch. Personally, there are a few areas that take a lot of planning cycles including travel, time off, gifts, and of course, food. Missteps in any of these areas can quickly lead to a holiday nightmare.
When it comes to planning, the cloud is no different from the holidays. A well planned cloud strategy is the difference between IT heroically ushering in a brave new era of cloud, and cloud being a failed project that creates a new silo and leaves users unhappy.
To be clear, there will be those in the business that oppose building a holistic cloud strategy. Some will object and say that the whole point of cloud is to remove irrelevant planning cycles. We don’t need to plan, we can just start using Openstack internally, and AWS for public cloud! Organizations that jump headfirst into cloud do so at their own peril. What they will quickly find is that Openstack is not ready for the enterprise (think Linux circa 1997). Not to say it won’t get there, but as many are realizing, it isn’t there yet.
Public cloud services like AWS pose other problems. With a little planning, companies can save a lot of money by pooling their usage and buying reserved instances, instead of using public cloud in an ad hoc fashion. And it’s no secret that public cloud usage, for all its benefits, creates governance challenges. From regulatory compliance to simple financial governance, diving into any public cloud without planning is a recipe for disaster.
At the end of the day, IT is ultimately on the hook to deliver services to end-users. IT must consider these end-users when planning for cloud. Are we building a developer sandbox that just needs to spin up development environments? Or are we letting folks in marketing provision their own SharePoint instance. Who is paying for this thing! Do we have enough capacity to meet users’ demand when we launch our cloud? Our experiences with customers thus far has taught us that answering these questions thoughtfully is not simply an interesting project, but crucial to the success of your cloud initiative.
So as you plan for the holidays, take a minute and think about what would happen if you skipped planning this year. Chances are you’d pay too much for your flights, your boss would be mad at you, your family wouldn’t get gifts that they wanted, and you’d serve substandard food that might ruin your holiday meal. You wouldn’t neglect holiday planning, and you should not neglect cloud planning either. You can learn more about how BMC helps organizations plan for cloud here.