Six Things to Consider in a Cloud Readiness Assessment

A recent IDG cloud computing survey reveals that 90% of enterprises have either already implemented cloud or are planning to implement it soon. It is no surprise that cloud is quickly becoming the preferred platform and model for analytics deployment within any enterprise. After all, businesses that use insights-driven analytics grow faster by 30% each year and are expected to capture $1.8 trillion in revenue from their less-informed competition by 2021, according to Forrester.

However, 57% of cloud adoption attempts fail, and 73% run over budget and take longer than expected. Failure is mainly caused by inadequate planning, unrealistic expectations, and a lack of understanding of how the cloud works.

Hence it is important to embark on a cloud readiness assessment to determine whether applications and data can be transferred to the cloud without causing significant disruptions to business activities during the transition. An assessment can provide your organization with the clarity of vision and actionable next steps it needs to achieve for flexibility and agility of your cloud infrastructure.

InfoCepts offers a cloud readiness assessment that evaluates your company’s cloud migration preparedness by looking at six factors:

  1. Business
  • The importance of the ‘ability to store, process and analyze growing amounts of data to your business model
  • Your company’s ability to identify and quantify the total cost of ownership of IT infrastructure
  1. People
  • The percentage of end-users that can self-serve your IT capabilities
  • How quickly can your company onboard AI, ML, distributed ledger, and streaming analytics experts?
  1. Platform
  • The time it takes to change your IT strategy following changes in business strategy
  • Number of critical IT systems you plan to upgrade to SaaS in the next three years
  1. Security
  • Your exposure to major data security breaches in the recent past
  1. Governance
  • Your company’s ability to manage internal compliance with policies and best practices
  • How satisfied are you with your IT team’s lead time from concept to delivery?
  1. Operations
  • What percentage of total operation efforts are spent on uptime vs. optimizing for cost and performance
  • How much have you spent in the last year due to IT outages?

The time you spend performing a cloud readiness assessment at the start of your migration journey will be some of the most crucial hours you will ever devote to your project. After completing the cloud readiness assessment, you will have a comprehensive understanding of your estimated cloud consumption, the costs of migration, and the overall environment, allowing you to predict potential issues that may influence performance upon migration. Ultimately, a cloud readiness assessment makes for a less stressful transition.

About the author:

Ambar is a Marketing Consultant at InfoCepts and provides business development, marketing, and sales enablement expertise to help promote business growth and improve brand awareness. He has worked on numerous go-to-market strategies, external campaigns, global events, and has helped create content that genuinely adds value. Working closely with clients, Ambar has helped build innovative solutions across technology practices like data & analytics, cloud, AI, robotics, hyper-automation, and application modernization. He has more than 10 years of experience, holds a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

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