Developing a Cloud Adoption Framework

Mykola Maslov

Cloud computing offerings have disrupted the IT landscape, providing both opportunities for dramatic growth for the companies embracing them and, in cases of incorrect implementation, a plethora of pitfalls. GlobalLogic has developed a Cloud Adoption Framework based on top industry practices and infused with experience gleaned from implementing migrations firsthand, in order to help clients avoid these stumbling blocks. The purpose of this Cloud Adoption Framework (hereinafter referred to as CAF) is to:

  • Provide an overview of stages for cloud migration
  • Outline different modes of cloud migration
  • Provide a list of actionable items for GlobalLogic Consultants and Clients at every stage
  • Manage and assist with migration efforts based on inputs gathered
  • Provide a list of templates and best practices

Given that each cloud journey is different, the authors have tried to keep this framework actionable yet lightweight and flexible enough to drive conversations and actions tailored to each client. It is free of the exhaustive templates and linked documents that make for a more rigid approach.

All cloud vendors and most major consultancy companies have cloud migration strategies and adoption frameworks. Each revolves around similar concepts, differing in nomenclature and depth of analysis for each phase; see the Cloud Economics model by Deloitte vs Microsoft’s Cloud Business Cases model, for example. Juniper, Amazon, and TechMahindra are among others using their own framework.

Each cloud adoption and migration effort is an iterative journey with an inevitable “crossing tax” to move between contexts. Business and IT realization that the cloud could accelerate certain business transformation objectives drives the last step, factual cloud adoption.

GlobalLogic’s CAF helps clients align strategies for the business, corporate culture and technical changes needed to achieve adoption and successful business outcomes.

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