Gartner Research

Best Practices for Design and Configuration When Implementing Business Applications in the Cloud

Published: 30 August 2013

ID: G00255862

Analyst(s): Pat Phelan


When using cloud services as a deployment method for all or part of the application portfolio, application leaders must understand how software in the cloud impacts implementation. Reduce risk by addressing cloud service constraints and capability gaps during design and configuration activities.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • During the Design Activity, Fill in Knowledge Gaps About How the Cloud Application Complements or Changes Business and IT Processes and Rules
  • Determine How to Fill Functionality Gaps in the Cloud Application That Were Overlooked During Cloud Service Selection (SaaS) or the Architect Phase (On-Premises Design)
  • Clarify Who Owns Cloud Application Configuration Rights and Adjust the Project Plan and Schedule to Include Configuration Coordination Tasks
  • Create Workarounds or Change Internal Business Processes and Functions to Offset Limited Choices for SaaS Configuration

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