* Run. Planning activities in the 'Run' stage of Cloud adoption include:
- Initiate sourcing action plan for cloud services
- Pilot options meeting your RASS requirements
- Identify a cloud mobility or migration tool
- Develop migration plan and road map (see RiverMeadow.com)
- Transition to new cloud services
2014 will be the year of the cloud adoption tipping point. Organizations should have the tools and partners they need to assess the people, business and organizational challenges of moving to the cloud. With appropriate planning, IT will be poised to reap the most signification benefits the cloud brings: scalability, adaptability, lower costs and increased innovation.
Before you move a single application, workload or process to the cloud, seek to understand what cloud means to you and your organization. Are you looking to reduce cost? Improve service delivery? Increase agility? Manage workloads and scalability? No matter what your end goal is, each outcome requires a line in the action plan with measurable results.
Now is the time to start laying the foundation for cloud adoption, identifying and neutralizing challenges to adoption, and developing pragmatic solutions to address challenges. Partner with a services organization to examine and resolve impacts to processes, governance, organizational change and loss of control. Build an IT organization that can support the move to cloud.
Remember: Cloud is a journey, not a destination.
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