Gartner Research

Building a Solid Cloud Adoption Strategy: Success by Design

Published: 19 May 2010

ID: G00203990

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves


As cloud computing enters the adoption era, IT organizations are being asked to take a serious look at using cloud computing to lower costs and create a more agile IT environment. But cloud computing still presents many risks regarding data compliance, security, vendor viability, and liability. To date, cloud computing has been adopted in an ad hoc manner, often starting as "pilot projects" projects deep within the IT organization. For cloud computing to be successful, IT organizations need a solid, well thought-out cloud adoption strategy--one that takes into account the risks and rewards.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Burton Group Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Pre-Work
    • Build a Cloud Core Team
    • Set Clear Business Objectives
    • Scope the Effort
    • Establish Cloud Adoption Principles
  • Step 2: Business and Application Assessment
    • Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
    • Determine Application Requirements and Architectural Fit
    • Perform a Cost Analysis
    • Consider Changes to Operational Procedures
    • Determine if the Application Is Cloud Ready
  • Step 3: Provider Selection Process
    • Create a Request for Information
    • Gather Vendor Responses and Review
    • Send RFQ or Go Back to Business and Application Assessment
    • Select Provider, Initiate an Application Migration Plan, and Update Roadmap
  • Step 4: Reduce Residual Risks and Effectively Limit Liability
    • Devise an Exit Strategy
    • Examine Cloud Brokers
    • Investigate Cyber Risk (Cloud Liability) Insurance
  • Step 5: Plan for Steady State
    • Cloud Usage Governance
    • Manage Vendors
    • Review Strategy Regularly

Risks and Pitfalls



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