The Path to Cloud Adoption

The experience of moving to cloud differs for each and every organisation. Guidance and best practices are essential to ensure your journey to aaS is as well-planned and straight forward as possible. 

Providers offer varying structured frameworks to steer you through the whole process of transformation; of people, processes and technology.

In the case of Amazon Web Services, the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF) offers structure to help organisations develop an efficient and effective plan for their cloud adoption journey. AWS CAF breaks down the complicated planning process into manageable areas of focus made up of Perspectives, Components and Activities.

On successful migrations AWS state:

"The path to the cloud is a journey to business results.

 AWS has helped hundreds of customers achieve their business goals at every stage of their journey. While every organization’s path will be unique, there are common patterns, approaches, and best practices that can be implemented to streamline the process.

Oracle promotes their Guided Customer Journey to ensure SaaS success. This 4-step guide to help you achieve your Oracle Cloud transformation starting out with Step One: Strategy and Planning.

The first step of your journey starts with reviewing your strategy and planning, ensuring that you have established change management and defined your implementation scope and approach for go-live.

Steps Two to Four consist of Implementation and Go-Live, Adoption and Realization and Renewal and Expansion.

Conclusion

Essential factors are early planning, communication, and buy-in. Understanding the dominant function (time, cost, availability, etc.) is key and will certainly be different for each company. A clear strategy is key when defining the migration model.  Run an agile project management approach for transitioning on-premises applications to the cloud with regular meetings and reporting to review progress and status of the migration, maintaining interest in the project while also setting realistic expectations about the availability time frame.