●Get formal approval - depending on what you are intending to move, the first cab off the rank is not sensitive stuff.
●Design and plan. “We are we going to go, who is going to run it? This is where technology people get excited.”
●Implement. “The fun part where you go and do stuff.”
●Then, test, document, review and improve.
“Make sure you are documenting what you are doing. Get feedback and ask how can we improve the process?”
The next steps should be around integrating with the management tools; identifying issues and gaps in capability; monitoring usage, performance and cost; then breaking it and seeing what happens.
“Optimise, optimise, optimise,” he states. Review the strategy, identify the next set of subjects, then repeat the process.
“Constantly optimise and improve what you are doing. Once you are up there, you need to be on a constantly improving cycle,” he says. “The cloud has gone to doing cool stuff we couldn’t do before, like machine learning.”
However, at any stage you may say it is not working and that is a perfectly valid decision, he says.
It is important to know the skill gaps when implementing the cloud he says. “Does your team or operating model need to change?”
The people you have now, have organisational knowledge and know your systems, he says. “Bring them along [on] the upskilling journey.”
He ends his presentation by busting “cloud myths”.
First is that the cloud is always about money. “It is about capability and agility and to quickly implement new stuff,” he says.
Another is that the cloud is not for mission critical systems. “Some organisations have their entire businesses operating on cloud,” he states.
“Cloud is not magic,” concludes McLuckie. “It still requires discipline, planning and expertise.”
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