Despite cloud maturity, many organizations are still starting their cloud journeys, struggling to get on track and avoid pitfalls. I&O leaders responsible for cloud infrastructure can mitigate risks, speed adoption and maximize cost savings by applying lessons learned by previous cloud adopters.
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- In some organizations, cloud adoption decisions often were made by line-of-business leaders without central IT governance, creating inefficiencies and a large number of cloud vendors for I&O leaders to manage.
- Failing in the communication of the cloud adoption benefits limits stakeholder buy-in and undermines I&O leaders' efforts to implement the cloud strategy.
- Efforts to implement cloud strategies often overlooked relevant technical and business factors, requiring I&O leaders to address these challenges later in the implementation process and increasing the time and cost of cloud adoption.
- Many organizations wrongly believed that their existing on-premise management and governance procedures were valid for cloud infrastructure resources, challenging the ability of I&O leaders to scale governance and manage efficiently with the growing complexity of their cloud infrastructure environments.
I&O Leaders focused on cloud infrastructure must:
- Consolidate cloud adoption efforts by securing executive sponsorship for a cloud strategy that defines a cloud adoption roadmap adapted for the entire organization.
- Communicate the cloud adoption roadmap by establishing a cloud center of excellence (CCOE) and a cloud architect role to evangelize the cloud strategy to stakeholders.
- Optimize cloud adoption efforts by defining a cloud adoption plan that includes an application assessment, identifies workloads with best migration to cloud approaches and accounts for future technical and business needs.
- Reduce operational risks in cloud by aligning cloud governance and management with the organizations' cloud maturity level.
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