When you’re building a house, you follow a plan – and consult an architect as well. If you’re building a cloud landscape, you’re actually doing exactly the same thing. Of course, you can easily integrate some individual cloud services into your existing IT landscape yourself. But if you are facing a more complex cloud transition, some guidance is more than welcome. In Blog 3 of our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ series, read how an opinionated Cloud Adoption Framework can offer the guidance you need.
This blog series makes no bones about it: a cloud implementation will take your organization, and certainly your IT team, outside their comfort zone. Therefore, it is best to draw up a strategy and adapt your organization (people) accordingly. Are you wondering how other companies tackle such a migration? Cloud providers, such as Amazon and Microsoft, combine best practices from a wide variety of sectors in their Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), which is a roadmap that helps you roll out your cloud infrastructure as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
Cloud Adoption Framework: what is it?
Everything ranging from your strategy, roadmap and migration to governance and management: a Cloud Adoption Framework guides you step by step through every phase of your cloud project, with scenarios, templates, tools and documentation.
A few examples: The Cloud Adoption Strategy Evaluator in the CAF for Azure asks you a series of questions to determine the quality of your strategy and offer recommendations based on that. Via the Skills Readiness Path, you follow the steps needed to get your team ready for the cloud. The Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART) provides a questionnaire that assesses how ‘ready’ you are for the cloud . And Microsoft’s framework contains best practices for data management. You determine your migration approach based on all the insights provided by the CAF. The result is a configuration file that will be closely monitored during the implementation.