Gartner Research

How to Assess an Application Portfolio for Public Cloud Deployment

Published: 21 June 2019

ID: G00386290

Analyst(s): Brian Adler


Application portfolios can be vast and varied. As such, identifying candidates for public cloud deployment can be a complex and time-consuming process. This research provides I&O technical professionals with specific criteria and techniques with which to perform application assessments.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Identify Goals
    • Assemble Application Portfolio
    • Select/Deselect Cloud Providers
  • Step 1 — Technical Assessment
    • Step 1.1 — Application Fundamentals
    • Step 1.2 — Workload Pattern
    • Step 1.3 — Application Performance
    • Step 1.4 — Networking
    • Step 1.5 — Application Architecture
  • Step 2 — Business Impact Assessment
    • Step 2.1 — Application Requirements
    • Step 2.2 — Costs/Market Factors
    • Step 2.3 — Application/Organizational Gains
    • Step 2.4 — People and Processes
  • Step 3 — Results Analysis
    • Step 3.1 — Planning the Migration
    • Step 3.2 — Addressing Those Left Behind
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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