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IS YOUR ENTERPRISE READY TO MIGRATE TO THE CLOUD?
STEP BACK, AND ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

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  • 1. CLOUDS O N T H E H O R I ZO N IS YOUR ENTERPRISE READY TO MIGRATE TO THE CLOUD? STEP BACK, AND ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
  • 2. THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO MIGRATE YOUR ENTERPRISE’S APPLICATIONS TO THE CLOUD. THE TOP DRIVERS ARE: 67% CUT COSTS 66% SIMPLIFY OPERATIONS 56% BOOST RELIABILITY
  • 3. CONSIDER THESE 3 MAIN DOMAINS IN YOUR ENTERPRISE’S CLOUD USAGE TRANSFORMATION: PEOPLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
  • 4. All too often, however, the emphasis placed on technology far outweighs the proactive thought directed toward people and processes. Decision makers who want their projects to succeed need a firm grasp of the impact on personnel and practices before partnering with cloud vendors. MAKE SURE YOU’RE ASKING YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
  • 5. PEOPLE
  • 6. IS YOUR TEAM READY TO ANTICIPATE THE DELAYS IN CONNECTING GLOBAL SYSTEMS? TO ANTICIPATE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS, ANALYZE AND TEST YOUR TEAM’S READINESS. YOUR STAFF NEEDS: The skills to migrate from a physical environment to a virtual one An accurate assessment of the time and effort required for migration The experience to handle this activity in addition to their daily roles
  • 7. ARE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES READY FOR HYBRID IT? With enterprises developing a cloud strategy alongside integrating legacy environments, whether to curb concerns or maximize efficiency, your team must be aware that roles and responsibilities will change moves to either a service organization or hybrid IT. Taking on a broader view of business applications can be a challenge to adoption. As automation and user self-service replace many typical administrative tasks, it provides IT staff with more time to perform strategic work. Source: “Cloud Computing, Security and Project Management Skills Most Likely to Lead to Career Advancement for IT Professionals,” Robert Half Technology, 2013 ONLY 41% OF IT DEPARTMENTS ARE FULLY STAFFED WITH SKILLED CLOUD-COMPUTING PROFESSIONALS.
  • 8. ARE YOUR IT CONSUMERS READY FOR A SELF-SERVICE MODEL? Ultimately, you’ll need to allow non-technical users to deploy self-service environments, bringing diverse domains, such as: STORAGE APPLICATIONS NETWORKING SECURITY YOUR CONSUMERS WILL NEED TRAINING TO GET UP TO SPEED ON THE NEW SERVICES. YOU’LL NEED TO ADDRESS: TIME FUNDING
  • 9. DOES YOUR STAFF HAVE THE SKILLS TO ADDRESS AUTOMATION AND ORCHESTRATION? CLOUD INITIATIVES REQUIRE A LOT FROM YOUR TEAM. IT’S MORE THAN JUST ANTICIPATING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE PURCHASES. THEY NEED CUSTOM WORK AND LESS LONG-TERM UPKEEP TO CREATE A FUNCTIONING PLATFORM. Source: “Under Cloud Cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation,” IBM, 2013 Your team needs to have expertise in creating deployment templates and developing automation activities. Leading organizations are 79% MORE LIKELY TO RELY ON THE CLOUD to locate and leverage expertise anywhere in the ecosystem for deeper collaboration.
  • 10. PROCESS
  • 11. IS YOUR ORGANIZATION PREPARED TO INCORPORATE NEW APPROACHES? WHEN IT COMES TO LAYING OUT CLOUD BUDGETS, CONSIDER: PAY AS YOU GO offers flexibility, as scaling on demand can be difficult on a fixed budget. CHARGEBACK can be unpopular among departments that benefit from current cost accounting procedures, which may not welcome a change.
  • 12. CAN YOUR IT INFRASTRUCTURE LIBRARY (ITIL) PROCESSES INCORPORATE ADDITIONAL SITES? YOUR ORGANIZATION SHOULD KNOW IF YOUR ITIL IS MATURE ENOUGH TO INCORPORATE NEW SCENARIOS, SUCH AS MONITORING AND CHANGE CONTROL WHEN AUTO-SCALING IS IN USE. WITH YOUR ENVIRONMENT POTENTIALLY RAPIDLY SCALING UP AND DOWN IN HOURS, ASK: When will you start to monitor systems? When will they enter the CMDB? When should they be cleared out?
  • 13. HOW WILL RECOVERY AND AVAILABILITY BE IMPACTED BY CLOUD ADOPTION? Revise your continuity plans with the new activities you’ve tested. Although the cloud can improve your availability levels, migrating solo provides you with no guarantee, and the consequences can prove costly. ESTIMATED AVERAGE COST OF ENTERPRISE DOWNTIME: $163,000 PER HOUR SET A HOLISTIC PLAN TO ACCOMMODATE THE END-STATE HYBRID ENVIRONMENT. Source: "Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Don't Go It Alone"
  • 14. HAVE YOU ESTABLISHED IT SERVICE MANAGEMENT AT YOUR ORGANIZATION? YOUR ENTERPRISE SHOULD BE OPERATIONALLY MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE: CAPACITY MANAGEMENT SERVICE CATALOG MANAGEMENT RELEASE MANAGEMENT
  • 15. TECHNOLOGY
  • 16. ARE YOUR APPLICATIONS A GOOD FIT FOR CLOUD TECHNOLOGY? EXTERNAL-FACING AND CRITICAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS ACCOUNT FOR 60% OF CLOUD USAGE. DETERMINE WHAT ROUTE IS BEST FOR EACH APPLICATION. ENVIRONMENT: Physical Virtual Private Public Hybrid The main reasons that concerned IT decision makers forego cloud migration are: Control Source: “2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report,” Verizon Enterprise, 2013; “2013 Cloud Computing,” IDG Enterprise, 2013 CLOUD: Security Infrastructure Limitations Even so, 90% of corporate decision makers plan to have some form of cloud analytics solution in the next few years, and deployments are up 50% from 2011.
  • 17. IF THEY AREN’T A GOOD FIT, WHAT DOES THE ROAD MAP LOOK LIKE TO GET THEM TO THAT STATE? 59% OF ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY IT OPERATIONS THAT ARE CANDIDATES FOR CLOUD HOSTING. DECIDE IF YOUR SOFTWARE WILL SUPPORT YOUR STRATEGY OR HOLD YOU BACK. WHEN CRITICALLY ASSESSING YOUR ENTERPRISE’S APPS, ASK: Do specific resource alternate platforms, or requirements present perhaps an SaaS offering? challenges to performance? What is the ROI of rewriting Do current testing them for the cloud vs. procedures allow you to running them on traditional validate your performance infrastructure? Source: “2013 Cloud Computing,” IDG Enterprise, 2013 Are there versions for in a new environment?
  • 18. HAS YOUR IT PLAN UNDERGONE A THOROUGH CLOUD-READINESS ASSESSMENT? BETWEEN JANUARY 2012 AND JUNE 2013, ENTERPRISES INCREASED THEIR AVERAGE MONTHLY SPEND ON THE CLOUD BY 45%. TO AVOID MISSTEPS OR UNPLANNED COSTS, YOUR ORGANIZATION MUST EVALUATE: Performance Source: “Under Cloud Cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation,” IBM, 2013 Availability Regulatory requirements Security data governance Software licensing Application architecture
  • 19. IF YOUR CRITICAL SYSTEMS ARE BUILT WITH A CLOUD PROVIDER, CAN YOU TAKE THEM WITH YOU IF YOU MOVE? TAKE EXTRA CARE TO UNDERSTAND THE DEGREE OF LOCK-IN SOME CLOUD PROVIDERS REQUIRE. WHEN IT COMES TO SELECTING A VENDOR, AVOID LOCK-IN BY: Going over the data backup and disaster recovery plan Understanding the data migration roadmap Studying the fine print Avoiding development with the provider’s proprietary APIs
  • 20. THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: PEOPLE Is your team ready to anticipate the delays in connecting global systems? Are your organizational roles and responsibilities ready for hybrid IT? Are your IT consumers ready for a self-service model? Does your staff have the skills to address automation and orchestration? PROCESS Is your organization prepared to incorporate new approaches? Can your IT infrastructure library (ITIL) processes incorporate additional sites? How will recovery and availability be impacted by cloud adoption? Have you established IT service management at your organization? TECHNOLOGY Are your applications a good fit for cloud technology? If they aren’t a good fit, what does the road map look like to get them to that state? Has your IT plan undergone a thorough cloud-readiness assessment? If your critical systems are built with a cloud provider, can you take them with you if you move?
  • 21. Partner with a cloud service provider that will maximize efficiency with enterprise-class cloud services, while integrating legacy environments. Leverage cloud computing to increase your staff’s operational efficiency and agility, ensuring your organization has the right processes in place to engage the cloud for success. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUNGARD’S ENTERPRISE CLOUD SERVICES, VISIT: WWW.SUNGARDAS.COM Sources: silversky.com, ibm.com, verizonenterprise.com, idgenterprise.com, aberdeen.com, roberthalf.co.uk

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