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The Cloud Architect's Guide to Implementing Public Cloud Services

Published: 29 September 2015

ID: G00280976

Analyst(s): Mindy Cancila


Adapting your organization to become cloud-ready will impact nine functional areas. This document provides guidance on the business and architectural changes and dependencies that the cloud architect must coordinate, delegate and oversee to successfully implement public cloud services.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Create and Document Your Cloud Strategy
    • Name a Cloud Architect (or Lead)
    • Assemble a Virtual Team of Business and IT Experts
    • Create a Shortlist of Applications
    • Create a Shortlist of Cloud Providers to Evaluate
    • Identify Cloud Provider Contacts
  • Framework for Implementing Cloud Services
    • Application Assessment
    • Data
    • Network
    • Identity
    • Security and Risk Mitigation
    • Governance
    • Management
    • Finance
    • Legal and Procurement
  • Follow-Up
    • Identify and Resolve Interdependencies
    • Finalize Implementation Decisions and Implement Cloud Services

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