How To Build a Cloud Strategy

How to build a cloud strategy March Blog 1

Are you considering moving your business operations to the cloud? You’re far from being alone; 94% of workloads are expected to be cloud-based by the end of 2021. The increase in cloud adoption is due to the many benefits the cloud has to offer. From scalability to cost reduction, there’s no shortage of reasons to make the switch. Before you do, however, you’re going to want to come up with a cloud plan.

Creating a Cloud Strategy in Six Steps

A cloud strategy is an outline that defines your plan to introduce cloud computing to your office and how you think it should be used. You could develop a plan on your own, but it’s often easier to work with a cloud strategy partner. With a few goals in mind, you can take a more coherent approach to cloud implementation and optimization.

When creating a cloud-first strategy, there are a few things you’re going to want to focus on. To help you along on this journey, we are going to list out the steps you should follow to make an effective strategy. The first step in the process is to:

Change How You Think About the Cloud

While cloud implementation heavily involves your IT department, they shouldn’t be the only ones making decisions. Since adoption is something that affects the entire organization, the leaders of your company also need to participate in the decision-making process. Believing your IT staff should make all the implementation decisions is one of the biggest mistakes business owners make.

Keep in mind that the head of your IT department doesn’t think like you. Meaning your vision for what you want may not match up perfectly with what they want. That’s why you should start thinking of cloud adoption as more of a business strategy and less of an IT strategy. This approach helps ensure your cloud solution is aligned with your business goals.

Take the Time To Learn How You Can Benefit From the Cloud

You’re aware cloud computing can be beneficial for business, but how is it beneficial? What features does the cloud offer that directly affects your operations? Knowing the answers to these questions can help focus your strategy and allow you to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the process.

Identify Cloud Platform Design Goals

In this step, we start getting into the meat and potatoes of the cloud strategy creation process. Here is where you want to take a look at your company and how it operates. What systems, technologies, and processes are currently being used in your operations? Are there needs that aren’t being met by your existing infrastructure?

With this information, you can gain a better understanding of the capabilities of your IT environment. More importantly, it allows you to draw an outline of what you want to accomplish with your cloud solution. After your goals have been identified, you and your team can go in and rank your goals in order of priority.

What Cloud Model Should You Choose?

Now with all of that done, you can move on to the next step of choosing how you want your cloud platform deployed. Do you want an option that’s highly elastic? Or maybe you need a cloud solution that provides a high level of security? Different cloud models offer different advantages and disadvantages. Take a look into what each model offers, consider what the needs of your organization are, and pick a platform that best fits those demands.

Evaluate Your Cloud Readiness

With a good idea of the type of cloud environment you want and the services you’re interested in using, it’s time to see if migration to the solution you chose is possible. Performing a cloud readiness assessment can tell you if your infrastructure is capable of handling the switch. This assessment can also tell you if you should expect to run into compliance issues. From there, you can address any issues or risks discovered by the assessment.

Communicate and Implement

The last step in this process is to communicate your new strategy to the rest of the company. Good communication ensures everyone is on the same page when implementation begins. The last thing you want is for a department to be taken by surprise by the move.

Migrate To the Cloud Today

If you’re ready to take advantage of the cloud, get in touch with The Millennium Consulting Group. We are fully equipped and have the experience to handle your migration in a safe and efficient way. 

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