Today's business strategy is about business growth, cost effectiveness and risk management. IT strategy is a critical component of business strategy at the age of digitization, and Cloud, now becomes significant consideration in IT strategy, therefore, it’s a strategic imperative for business to craft the effective cloud strategy and benefit business growth for the long term.
1. Diagnose IT Challenges, Explore Cloud Opportunities
IT Challenges: Now many organizations spent 70%+of their resources on legacy infrastructure maintenance & operational projects, worrying about upgrades to hardware and software, IT has the reputation as cost center to play the role as firefighter or controller.
A: CIO's roles should be more focus on the strategic side of IT rather than putting out operational fire, and this is where the biggest driver for cloud based services in the business environment.
B: What business problems does Cloud solve that can't be solved by more traditional forms of application and service delivery at a fraction of the cost (and perhaps risk)? As a business why would we choose cloud over some other service delivery technology
C: Does Cloud provide the right opportunities to get out of the non-value adding IT business as soon as possible and only a very few on-premises applications will be kept in the legacy format.
2. Align Three Cloud Value Propositions to Leverage Choices with Guiding PoliciesYou need to understand your business, its needs and its operating constraints, before you make any decisions about moving things into the cloud. The potential value proposition via Cloud may include: IT integrate and orchestrate application & service via faster delivery and easy provisioning, with the new characteristics such as elasticity and transparency. Security and privacy are still the biggest concerns for Cloud, and private, hybrid cloud may well open the new chapter for IT to leverage the choice of cloud services and plan the journey.
- How much revenue does it generate?
- How often do your customers use it?
- What "bottom line" outcomes is it going to deliver for our business?
- What sort of costs over-and-above the purchase of the cloud capability are we going to incur in order to embrace cloud?
- Will we see a return on the total cost (direct and indirect) of cloud?
- Does it offer a service-level agreement (SLA) that goes beyond standard uptime promises guarantees response time levels (speed)?
- What part of the cloud will bring the best ROI to the organization?
3. From Strategy to Execution: Move into Cloud with Confidence
7). Cloud Architecture: The biggest part of the cloud architecture is in the use of the term to include both type (e.g. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and location (public, private, hybrid). It is incredibly important to expand your own answers to take all possible permutations into consideration because, if you don't, you are undoubtedly limiting yourself in terms of how you understand both the benefits and limitations of cloud computing as a component of IT strategy.