If your company is having problems migrating workloads to a cloud platform, you might be struggling with adopting cloud technologies. Generally the reason is not related to the cloud technologies, but the strong beliefs and well-established processes enterprises have mastered supporting on premises capabilities. But migrating to the cloud requires to adopt a different approach and failing to establish a plan and framework for adoption can lead to taxing implementations. To be successful an enterprise must address People, Process, and Technology when adopting the cloud. If you primarily focus on the cloud technologies, and fail to assess your current Cloud Maturity Readiness, your Return on Investment (ROI) will be lower than expected. TM Data ICT Solutions can assist your organization in developing this framework reducing your risk in cloud adoption. We’re ready to listen to your challenges, and then help you with technology adoption, process excellence and reference architectural decisions to accelerate your cloud adoption. Feel free to contact us.
Generally enterprises fall into one of 3 stages in their cloud adoption maturity level:
- Foundational adopter
- Intermediate adopter
- Advanced adopter
Conducting a cloud maturity assessment is a recommended first step to identify an enterprise’s current adoption stage. A cloud maturity assessment exercise will cover the people, process and technology aspects to design a plan to advance the entire organization up the maturity model as quickly as possible reducing risk and uncertainty.
In the Foundational stage the organization begins its cloud transformation journey. Organizations in this stage are still envisioning the cloud. Their drivers for moving to the cloud may be a business need, for example to vacate a data center, or driven by a shadow IT business division for cost reduction, or competitive pressure and other business reasons. A key success factor in this stage is having clearly defined business reasons for moving to the cloud. In this foundational stage the customer has little knowledge about cloud services and benefits and as such requires a great deal of education, guidance and direction.
In the Intermediate adopter stage, the enterprise is knowledgeable in cloud services and has already migrated some non-critical workloads to the cloud services. But they might be lacking confidence to move business critical and production workloads. They usually have partially trained staff.
In the Advanced adopter stage, the organization has been running workloads on a cloud platform for some time and is now focused on optimization activities.
Although each customer cloud transformation is unique there are some common challenges, they must overcome in each adoption stage as depicted in the table above.
In conclusion enterprises should initiate an assessment of their People, Process and Technology Strategies to formulate a framework for successful cloud acceptance. This framework should also address some key quality pillars including scalability, resiliency, availability, security and DevOps. TM Data ICT Solutions can assist your organization in developing this framework reducing your risk in cloud adoption. We’re ready to listen to your challenges, and then help you with technology adoption, process excellence and reference architectural decisions to accelerate your cloud adoption. Feel free to contact us.