Gartner Research

Devising a Public Cloud Adoption Strategy: Success by Design

Published: 27 March 2014

ID: G00261764

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves


To date, many IT organizations have adopted cloud computing in an ad hoc manner, often starting as "pilot projects" deep within the IT organization. For cloud computing to be successful, IT organizations need a solid, well-thought-out cloud adoption strategy that considers both risks and rewards.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Prework
    • Build a Cloud Core Team
    • Set Clear Business Objectives
    • Paint the Vision and Scope the Effort
    • Establish Cloud Adoption Principles
  • Step 2: Assess Business Impacts and Determine Application Fit
    • Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
    • Build an Application Readiness Decision Framework
    • Perform a Cost Analysis
    • Consider Changes to Operational Procedures
  • Step 3: Provider Selection Process
    • Use an Existing Provider — If One Exists
    • Create a Request for Information
    • Gather Provider Responses and Review
    • Send an RFQ and Select a Provider, or Go Back to the Business and Application Assessment
    • Initiate an Application Migration Plan, and Update the Road Map
  • Step 4: Reduce Residual Risks and Effectively Limit Liability
    • Devise an Exit Strategy
    • Use Hybrid Cloud
    • Investigate Cyber-Risk (Cloud Liability) Insurance
  • Step 5: Plan for Steady State
    • Cloud Usage Governance
    • Manage Providers
    • Review Strategy Regularly

Risks and Pitfalls


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