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Solution Path for Public Cloud Adoption Maturity Plan

Published: 08 November 2012

ID: G00236480

Analyst(s): Kyle Hilgendorf


IT organizations must commit to a maturity transformation of their organizations, governance, technology, applications and management processes in order to better adopt public cloud services. This Solution Path presents a multiyear maturity plan for public cloud computing adoption.

Table Of Contents

The Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Phase 0 — Ad Hoc Cloud
    • Organizational: Underground and Isolated
    • Governance: Manual Definition and Assessment
    • Technology and Applications: First and Simple Solutions
    • Provider Selection and Management: Website and Sales Team Management
    • Cloud Operations: Island of Management
  • Phase 1 — Elementary Cloud
    • 1.1 Organizational: Sponsor and Define
    • 1.2 Governance: Classify and Triage
    • 1.3 Technology and Applications: Assess Portfolio and POC
    • 1.4 Provider Selection and Management: Create Master Evaluation Criteria
    • 1.5 Cloud Operations: Baseline Management
  • Phase 2 — Specialized Cloud
    • 2.1 Organizational: Construct Organization
    • 2.2 Governance: Develop Decision Framework
    • 2.3 Technology and Applications: Implement Tactically
    • 2.4 Provider Selection and Management: Manage Providers Completely
    • 2.5 Cloud Operations: Integrate Manually
  • Phase 3 — Optimized Cloud
    • 3.1 Organizational: Train and Transform
    • 3.2 Governance: Mitigate Risks
    • 3.3 Technology and Applications: Implement Strategically
    • 3.4 Provider Selection and Management: Manage Providers Through Risk Decisions
    • 3.5 Cloud Operations: Operate With Agility
  • Phase 4 — Fully Cloud
    • 4.1 Organizational: Broker IT Services
    • 4.2 Governance: Broker Risk Management
    • 4.3 Technology and Applications: Revamp Infrastructure and Services
    • 4.4 Provider Selection and Management: Offer Self-Service Provider Management
    • 4.5 Cloud Operations: Operate Through Self-Service

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