Define Your Cloud Strategy to Amplify the Benefits You Achieve

According to current research studies, cloud computing has established itself as a significant force in the IT world.  Further, experts in the field report that “More than a third of current IT budgets are allocated to cloud solutions, according to IDG Research1, 86% of respondents in a CIO survey said that they have cloud projects in progress or planned; and, 65% indicated that their enterprises will depend on private or hybrid clouds.”(1) That is quite surprising in light of the fact that, “”¦only 37% of those respondents said that they have an enterprise strategy for adaptation/assimilation of cloud solutions.  Current data establishes that businesses employing “an enterprise-wide cloud strategy” use the cloud to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase business more successfully than enterprises that do not employ such a strategy.

The paper linked below “”¦discusses why a holistic strategy for cloud adoption should be a top priority for the enterprise today; provides guidance”¦on how to determine which workloads are best suited for migration to private, public, and hybrid clouds; and offers best practices about prioritizing workloads for transition to the cloud.

The cloud model is mature enough to present real opportunities to those who embrace it, and an enterprise-wide cloud strategy provides a structured way to incorporate cloud services into the IT mix. It helps make sure that all stakeholders have a say in how, when, and where cloud adoption occurs. It can also offer advantages that you may not have considered. For example, creating a holistic cloud strategy can help you:

Maximize the business benefits of the cloud. The advantages of moving to the cloud are numerous and compelling: cutting costs, improving efficiency, increasing agility, and so on””and those benefits increase when there is a clear cloud strategy in place. According to an IDG study, companies with an enterprise-wide cloud strategy saw an average of 60% more cost savings than those without one. They also achieved higher efficiencies and were able to offer more IT services via the cloud.

Uncover business benefits you might otherwise miss. The process of creating an enterprise cloud strategy can reveal opportunities you hadn’t thought about. For example, one frequently overlooked advantage of the cloud is the ability to accelerate innovation. By moving certain functions to the cloud, IT can speed up the process of building, testing, and refining new applications””so teams can explore more ideas, see what works and what doesn’t, and get innovative products and services to market faster.

Prepare the infrastructure you’ll need. A thorough, well designed, cloud strategy is the starting point for assessing many of the necessary characteristics of the hardware/software elements needed for the correct cloud transition. Please see: Creating an Enterprise-Wide Cloud Strategy
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