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Applying a 'Cloud-First' Checklist to Ensure Successful Sourcing and Business-IT Alignment

Published: 07 April 2016

ID: G00296404

Analyst(s): David Groombridge , Claudio Da Rold , Gregor Petri , Frank Ridder , Gilbert van der Heiden


Many organizations are actively pursuing "cloud-first" strategies when making sourcing decisions. Cloud services have many benefits; however, they are not right for every initiative. Sourcing managers need to align business and IT perspectives when evaluating cloud and traditional delivery models.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Use a Cloud-First Initiative Dynamic Checklist to Collaboratively Work With Each Stakeholder to Assess Each Initiative, Delivery Model and Specific Solution in Detail
  • Identify Early Any of the Checklist Factors That May Constitute a Blocking Factor for Using Public Cloud Services; Ask the Team to Evaluate Whether That Requirement Can Be Changed, or to Validate the Finding and Identify Alternative Solutions
  • Dynamically Update Your Checklist During Each Initiative Advancement; Use It to Identify the Best Solution Across the Full Spectrum of Available Cloud and Noncloud Alternatives

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