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Align Your Cloud Infrastructure to Your Business Strategy in Four Steps … or Fail

Published: 22 September 2017

ID: G00325899

Analyst(s): Michael Warrilow , Bob Gill

Summary

Unless your cloud infrastructure is properly aligned to the long-term business strategy, it will ultimately waste resources and place your organization at risk. Infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for the cloud need to optimize their functionality to drive successful business outcomes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Step 1: Define the Scope
    • Establish Definitions
    • Determine Benefits and Challenges
    • Evaluate Cloud Service Options
  • Step 2: Align to (or Develop) IT Strategy
    • Select the Best Alignment Approach
    • Incorporate a Cloud Use Policy
  • Step 3: Create a Strategic Plan for Cloud Infrastructure
    • Gap Analysis
    • Strategic Business Case
  • Step 4: Create Operational Plan for Cloud Infrastructure
    • Discrete
    • Foundational
    • Cloud Adoption Framework
    • Evaluating Suitability

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