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Best Practices for Architecting (Designing) a Cloud-Enabled Business Application Solution

Published: 29 July 2013

ID: G00254405

Analyst(s): Pat Phelan


Application leaders who are architecting (designing) solutions that include SaaS components must understand how the cloud impacts the application life cycle. Reduce risk by adjusting the architect phase activities to include the SaaS vendor's people, project plans and work efforts.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Plan for Elastic Scalability When Designing the Project Architecture, Technology and Standards
  • Address SaaS Vendor Service Levels in Sourcing Strategies
  • Model Business Requirements So That Sourcing Management Can Clearly Define Which Vendor Will Be Responsible for Each Requirement
  • Identify Performance Metrics for Processes That Include SaaS
  • Create a Detailed Business Case That Views the SaaS Option in Depth, and Over the Life Cycle of the Engagement
  • Include SaaS Vendor Constraints in Project Execution Recommendations
  • Create an Organizational Change Management Plan

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