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The Four Key Risks of Developing and Executing a Cloud Sourcing Strategy

Published: 18 January 2013

ID: G00239237

Analyst(s): Edward Wilson-Smythe, Jim Longwood


Migration to cloud-based services provides many benefits but is inherently risky. CIOs can use this checklist of key challenges and best practices to reduce risks when executing a cloud sourcing strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Make Sure Both Your Company and the Market Are Ready
    • Ensure Local Market Readiness and Maturity
    • Address Technology and Architecture Readiness and Maturity
    • Address Organization Readiness and Governance Impacts
  • Finding Cloud Services That Meet Your RASS Requirements
    • Protect Data Sovereignty and Security
    • Retain Control Over Your Destiny
    • Pilot the Candidate Cloud Services
  • Confirm the Commercial Viability of Cloud Solutions
    • Insist on Balanced Contractual Terms
    • Control Transition and Transformation Risks
    • Beware Unintended Price Impacts
  • Avoid Hidden "Gotchas" That Pose Significant Operational and Financial Risks
    • Mitigate Provider Lock-In
    • Retain Control Over Offshoring Decisions
    • Avoid Shelfware as a Service

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