We've heard it now for years. We have to go to the cloud. It's all in the cloud. Companies are blindly getting on the bandwagon that cloud is necessary for everything. I've met with several executives that simply set goals like,"By 2020 we'll have 50% of our workloads in the cloud. We have a cloud-first approach."
"Why am I spending my time and money on this investment?"
I don't necessarily disagree with the cloud-first approach as a management philosophy to force stale IT organizations to question their preconceived notions. A good friend of mine is the CIO of a major European Utility company that used the "cloud first" mantra as a challenge for LoB and IT executives to think seriously about their IT investments. Too many IT professionals have a hard time changing how they've always done IT. Listen, moving to cloud is not bad, but those investing must ask themselves, "Why am I spending my time and money on this particular investment?" Cloud is growing faster than any other IT category and can deliver enormous value for organizations; virtually no digital transformation (DX) initiative is possible without leveraging cloud solutions to deliver it. Before making the investment, know why you are investing in the cloud solutions you choose to support your DX initiative.
IDC has observed that many enterprise IT and business leaders are struggling to make sense of their cloud options and tie a cloud strategy back to their digital transformation strategy and initiatives.
Assessing the Move of IT Legacy to the Cloud
When developing your cloud transition strategy, all existing legacy IT needs to be part of the scope of the assessment. Narrowing your scope means you will be able to understand what is going to cloud, how (with what cloud model), and when. Not all legacy IT should go to cloud....at least not just yet. While recently helping a major investment bank with their cloud transition strategy, we developed a business case with a 15-year outlook. For some areas of IT it's a complex undertaking but with a structured approach, starting with answering "why," you'll be able to stay competitive.
Take advantage of cloud solutions to increase your competitiveness, learn more about the options cloud solutions bring, and guide the design and implementation of your cloud transition strategy with your "why." Better management of your cloud transition means mitigating waste in your IT budget, minimizing security vulnerabilities, and strengthening the experience of your customers. Look beyond the platitude of simply stating "cloud first." Figure out why and let that drive your cloud journey.
If you're interested in an approach for your cloud transition strategy, including decision criteria for existing legacy IT and governance considerations, please join us on June 15th at 11 AM ET for our complimentary web conference, "Architecting Your On-Prem to Cloud Transformation." You can register here.