Gartner definition for a Cloud Strategy is “A cloud strategy is a concise point of view on the role of cloud within the organisation. It is a living document, designed to bridge between a high-level corporate strategy and a cloud implementation/adoption/migration plan. A cloud strategy is different from a cloud adoption or migration plan.”
The adoption of Cloud and a Cloud Strategy is primarily a business strategy, not an IT strategy. Organisations need to think through how Cloud can drive the business strategy. Understanding the business challenges within your industry sector and the business value that can be delivered by the cloud is key. Using Cloud capabilities, such as flexibility and speed, can for example help organisations rapidly test and iterate on targeted business use cases, such as scalability of services, personalising customer experiences, capturing market opportunities and gaining a competitive edge.
If you and your organisation are going to move forward with Cloud, you should understand what the benefits are and how they relate to your Business Outcomes. Utilising the NWT `Services Approach` we can help you to align your Business Results, Benefits and Objectives with the benefits of a Cloud approach to ensure that any Migration Strategy is based on making the right business decisions for your applications, data and infrastructure. In simple terms, moving everything to the Cloud may not be the right answer when you look at the issue through a business lens.
As part of the Cloud Strategy work, you should be looking at your current estate, whether it is a good foundation for change and its `readiness` to be migrated. This will also help you with the decisions you will have to make around the Architecture, Cloud Deployment Model, Cloud Services, the Partners and their associated technologies.
The full benefits of cloud are possible only when IT and the business transform their operating model to be faster, more agile, and more collaborative. Digital Transformation provides the opportunity to look at how to change a traditional business to think and act like a true digital-first business. It is not just a Technology business unit problem but a business-wide problem. Organisations need to keep the focus on their customers and business outcomes, by bringing together cross-functional teams that pool expertise from all areas of the company. For Cloud, this requires upgraded skills and ways of working throughout the organisation and clarity around how the changes fit into the broader digital transformation.
Finally, you must consider the business value, the Business Case and the ROI. This will also be informed by the Migration Strategy, but you should have a view on how the Cloud Strategy will support the financial metrics.