Companies face many uncertainties when it comes to their Cloud journey. Talent shortages abound. Many large companies dabbled in the Cloud but retained their legacy hardware and on-premise infrastructure. The journey to Cloud isn’t linear, and one phase doesn’t necessarily build on another. The journey can be an intricate and multi-disciplinary exercise with many organizational dependencies. Given those challenges, many organizations are finding that it’s time to reboot their Cloud strategy.
Common signposts on the Cloud migration journey
Every journey to Cloud is unique and every enterprise has different short-and-long-term goals. Nevertheless, some common signposts on the journey to Cloud can help guide you on the way. These include:
- Cloud strategy and business case
- Operating model
- Organization, management, and governance
- Operations and managed services
Change management and Cloud adoption
Cloud computing and as-a-service business models require not only changes to organization structures but also robust change management for the organizational areas impacted. Companies on their Cloud migration journey should create a Cloud-friendly organization structure that includes updates to job descriptions, skills matrices, training plans and talent sourcing. Many questions need to be answered: What kinds of work are no longer relevant in a Cloud model? Which people—and which vendors—can make the transition to Cloud with you?
The managed services route
Cloud managed services provides skilled resources that augment in-house functionalities and IT infrastructure to be managed in collaboration with a third-party managed service provider (MSP) via Cloud platforms. A broad spectrum of MSPs exist, so companies should carefully consider which characteristics are most important for the MSP they choose.
In the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide 2018, Gartner names Accenture a leader for completeness of vision and ability to execute on managed services for our clients.
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Moving to the Cloud is a complex endeavor and should be methodically planned and executed. Companies need to carefully consider each component of the enterprise Cloud journey both separately and in relation to others, because components can intersect at many different points. Such an integrated approach enables companies to create a unique and successful Cloud roadmap.
Companies should also determine where it makes sense to bring in outside help during their enterprise Cloud journey. An experienced partner with deep and broad Cloud expertise can help develop an effective strategy and provide critical execution capabilities to get companies to the Cloud and then continuously optimize their operations once there.