Start With a Maturity Assessment
The starting point for any strategic initiative is determining the outcomes your business needs and a clear understanding of the gaps in current competencies, capabilities and culture.
Assessing the maturity of your people, processes and technology across key focus areas can help you:
- Understand your current state, key challenges, and implications.
- Determine the needs of your organization.
- Identify and prioritize gaps to address.
Areas of Focus
Cloud Vision and Strategy
Level of support and culture needed to adopt technology. Executive sponsorship, commitment, organizational alignment, and strategy for cloud.
Business Outcomes and Goals
The value expected from the transformation, KPIs, level of alignment and achievement of business goals. Initiatives and constraints for cloud adoption.
Leadership, Governance and Processes
Processes, polices and ownerships. Data sovereignty and data locality. SLAs/SLOs for service delivery. Integration and alignment between teams.
Infrastructure, Data and Platforms
Infrastructure, data management, platforms, and level of standardization to deliver services. Degree of native cloud services adoption vs. IaaS consumption.
People, Tools and Enablement
IT roles and responsibilities, tools, vendor-specific products and level of standardization. Approach to enablement of cloud and IT teams.
Applications and Development
Strategy for designing, building, updating and maintaining applications in accordance with cloud-native principles. Adoption of CI/CD pipelines.
Security Controls, Operations and Compliance
Identity and access management, devices, users, network and data security controls. Security posture, operating model, and reporting policies.
Engage with Executives
Create and document a vision for the journey
Agree where to start and what to prioritize
Identify the effort required to analyze competencies
Quantify the expected value
Gain executive and stakeholder buy-in
Determine the Journey
After you have identified the areas for improvement, assess your current capabilities in each area and identify gaps.
Determine the journey that will help you achieve your business goals. The journey may be:
- Strategic such as app and cloud modernization or transforming to an anywhere workspace.
- Tactical or use case driven such as workload migration or implementing disaster recovery.
App and Cloud Competency Model
Capabilities to enable cloud infrastructure and operating model across public, private, and multi-cloud environments; support modern app development and deployment; and enable IT and dev teams to deliver and manage any app on any cloud on any device.
Anywhere Workspace Competency Model
Capabilities that end-user computing and infrastructure teams need to modernize current processes and systems to better support employees across devices regardless of location.
Use Case Driven Journeys
Capabilities to modernize applications and automate the path to production, establish a unified operating model for virtual machines and containers within your private cloud, extend a consistent operating model across clouds, and take full advantage of Kubernetes.
Capabilities to protect workloads with comprehensive disaster recovery and ransomware mitigation solutions including developing a disaster recovery strategy, designing and deploying the target DR site, creating a detailed DR plan, validating failover, detecting and managing configuration drift on an ongoing basis.
Capabilities to activate, integrate and configure a mobility platform across traditional data centers and clouds; create a migration strategy; migrate applications; manage and operate the new environment.
Capabilities to deliver virtual desktops and applications to your employees from anywhere – on-premises or any cloud – private, public or hybrid.
Data Center Extension
Capabilities to extend your on-premises data center to a public cloud for quick access to additional capacity, on-demand scaling of apps, flexible development and test environments, or rapid regional expansion.
Develop the Plan
Identify the Steps
Determine the specific activities needed to deliver the required capabilities.
Develop a High-Level Plan
Create workstreams and timelines aligned with business milestones.
Project the Benefits
Estimate cost savings, velocity, risk avoidance, revenue increase, social impact, CSAT and ESAT.
Get the Guidance You Need
After your journey and required capabilities are defined, take advantage of prescriptive guidance and best practices.
Understand what is needed to implement your solution and assess the impact to your organization.
Implement Your Multi-Cloud Solution
Define the scope and requirements
Migrate workloads, refactoring existing applications or building new applications
Define new roles and skills, automate operational processes, and increase visibility across the environment
Activate, deploy, configure, and integrate the environments
Protect and secure the network, workloads, and data
Measure Your Success
Measure cost, usage, performance, configuration, security, and availability across all your clouds broken down by business groups, applications, or users.
Cloud Governance and Automation
Evaluate in-band and out-of-band guidelines and guardrails including percent of policies in compliance, time saved as a result of policies, and time to remediate security violations.
Include rightsizing savings, time to perform tasks, effective cost per resource, number of security lapses, and number of assets that do not meet security standards.
Quantify cloud spend as a percentage of revenues, time to bring new services to market, CSAT and ESAT.