January 20, 2015

5 Steps to Map Out a Future in the Cloud

Decision-makers must create a painstakingly thorough roadmap that details a crystal-clear progression away from legacy systems and toward the off-premises promised land.

For most of today’s enterprise IT decision-makers, all eyes are on the cloud. From nearly every sector imaginable, influential organizations stand as living proof that off-premises resources are the way of the future, offering unprecedented levels of convenience, cost-effectiveness and collaborative functionality. However, with such widespread acclaim pushing cloud adoption to new heights, it should come as no surprise that many organizations miss the mark in their migration efforts, failing to leverage the full potential of these powerful solutions.

To squeeze the most value possible from cloud deployments, decision-makers must create a painstakingly thorough roadmap that details a crystal-clear progression away from legacy systems and toward the off-premises promised land. Talkin’ Cloud recently pointed to IBM research revealing that only 22 percent of organizations have a clear IT development plan in place, showing a severe lack of preparation across the private sector.

Here are five stepping stones that leaders should follow toward a stronger, more dynamic infrastructure:

  1. Highlight current IT shortcomings
    Dissatisfaction is a catalyst of progress, and executives must voice their unbridled opinions on the weaknesses of their current tech resources to initiate significant leaps forward. Feedback from across the organization should be leveraged as a launch pad to address performance, assess issues head-on and construct a tailored cloud footprint.
  2. Make a next-generation wish list
    The latest trends in enterprise IT are resource-heavy and demand a high level of coordination, but it’s important for decision-makers to reach for the stars when designing the cloud infrastructure of their dreams. This means developing a future-centric strategy that capitalizes on all key IT developments currently impacting the enterprise. According to the news source, an IBM spokesperson said,“To support a new era of workloads based on cloud, social, mobile and analytics, there’s a need for the line-of-business leaders to work in tandem on challenges relating to next-generation IT requirements,”
  3. Collaborate with proven experts
    Even the most experienced enterprise leaders are entering unexplored territory with the cloud, so support from third-party service providers should be a go-to resource on the migration journey. Teaming up with a vendor that will help tailor a strategy aligned with the organization’s unique objectives is critical for a smooth transition to the cloud.
  4. Migrate slowly but steadily
    Swapping the majority of legacy assets out for off-premises counterparts may be tempting, but decision-makers must take a more conscientious approach to migration if they want to avoid adoption roadblocks and technical difficulties. Guidance from a dedicated service provider is invaluable during this stage, especially from an integration and support standpoint.
  5.  Start thinking ahead – way ahead
    Arrival in the cloud only marks the beginning of a new IT era, and business leaders can’t be complacent following the achievement of their migration goals. An organization must establish new objectives to improve upon their off-premises foundations, seeking to boost performance, security and visibility into the infrastructure.

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