Businesses are racing to adopt cloud as a critical element of their digital transformation journey. Cloud technology has become an essential part that defines a modern day business as it provides a competitive advantage, higher scalability, seamless collaboration efficiency, and flexibility.
The added uncertainty caused by the pandemic has only accelerated cloud adoption led by the shift to the remote and virtual. As a result, organizations have realized the significant benefits that cloud offers. According to a survey conducted by Gartner, over 70% organizations are planning to increase their investment in cloud.
Even after migrating to cloud, some businesses are faced with exponential increase in the cost of maintaining a cloud environment. They also sometimes end up combating unexpected business issues. This is because of the urgency to adopt cloud that has left organizations to adopt cloud solutions without assessing their business strategy and goal, leaving them with unrealized cloud advantages.
According to a research conducted by Accenture, only 37% companies are availing the full benefits of their cloud investments. This is just a mere 2% growth from 2018. This highlights that businesses are still struggling to maximize cloud investments and draw value. But all of this can change with Azure Cloud Adoption Framework.
What can companies do to not go wrong and adopt the right cloud migration strategy? The Azure Cloud Adoption Framework brings six scenarios that every organization could experience during their cloud adoption journey. This robust analysis is to guide organizations to find the best solution that aligns with their current business challenges.
Cloud solutions should be enabling, not slowing down your business. Therefore, before anything else, it is highly imperative for organizations to assess their cloud strategy. Ideally, an organization’s cloud adoption strategy should be aligned with specific business goals. Avoid jumping into the cloud race without having a defined business context, what kind of cloud solution would you be requiring, and what kind of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems you have in place to support the cloud adoption journey. Based on the business vision and mission, your organization can choose to adopt:
Antipatterns are common missteps or errors that occur during the design, planning, or implementation phase of migrating to the cloud. These antipatterns cease innovation and stop businesses from adopting or meeting goals. Many companies who have declared their plans for being a cloud-first firm often miss out on clearly establishing what they hope to achieve with the adopted strategy. Without clear defined KPIs only a few cloud adoptions would succeed as it is difficult to evaluate the success of a particular product without important key indicators.
Therefore, as customers normally face such antipattern issues during their cloud adoption journey, Azure has charted out a list of all possible antipatterns, the methodologies, the cloud adoption phases these patterns occur in, and the possible solution to avoid such circumstances. For example, when businesses rush to adopt cloud without having clear strategic gaols, they become victims of the inadequate motivation antipattern. To mitigate these, Azure Cloud Adoption Framework provides further scenario details get the best out of cloud adoption.
Cloud adoption journey provides many business, technical, and organizational benefits. But before starting the journey, there are certain fundamental foundational decisions that every organization needs to take, record, and later use to align their cloud journey with as per their business prerequisites. In this scenario, the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework offers an initial decision template to record the required foundational decisions.
While charting out the journey of cloud adoption in the decision template, organizations will be able to use the template to prepare a team who would participate in the cloud adoption journey. Furthermore, to streamline the cloud adoption organizations would be required to know what Azure is to begin with, familiarize themselves with the fundamental concepts and terms used in Azure and how they are related to each other, align portfolio hierarchy supported by Azure.
Cloud adoption means going through a full technical change. Therefore, to get faster business and technical gains off the cloud, a solid IT team becomes essential. But that’s not enough. As cloud migrations are complex and daunting, it needs more than IT to digitally transform.
Cloud adoption is a huge change for any organization. Therefore, having a good cloud operating model backing up your adoption is only going to help transitioning easily. At this juncture in the cloud adoption journey, it’s advisable to think about making organizational changes and bring in the people you need. Here are the guides that will help in operational and organizational improvements:
The right pool of skilled talent can really build and contribute to the cloud adoption strategy and operating model. Therefore, it is essential to find the right team to support an organization all the way in its cloud adoption journey. This section helps in initiating the process of building new teams:
Cloud migration is a complex journey which requires attention to each nuance to make the business transition and ultimately function smoothly. Restructuring the tech-infrastructure and architecture requires attention to details and thorough understanding of the kind of restructuring required in a given business. The integration of a cloud solution should at the end help an organization meet its business goals.