Cloud Strategic Planning

Create a clear roadmap for achieving your strategic cloud goals.

Create an Actionable Roadmap that Aligns Your Capabilities and Cloud Goals

We leverage our proven Strategy to Initiative Methodology (S2I) for all of our strategy engagements, whether for Enterprise Architecture or Cloud Strategy consulting. In any use case, the goal of S2I is to align investments to your business strategy.

We align investments to your business strategy by ensuring they are:

  • Aligned from discovery
  • Prioritized correctly
  • Sized appropriately
  • Understood by all key players

In the context of Cloud Strategy, our S2I Methodology ensures:

  • Your organization doesn’t go through a cloud migration only to face some of the same legacy issues
  • Your cloud investments remain aligned with your original business goals throughout the initiative

Our 3 Step Approach to Cloud Strategic Planning

Step 1: Define the Goals of your Cloud Migration or Transformation

Clarify your business strategy

In this stage, we clarify your business strategy in the context of the cloud by exploring two interrelated questions:
  • What are your business and IT goals?
  • How will cloud capabilities help you to achieve those goals?

These goals should not be generic, such as “improve time to value on new applications” or “innovate services.” Benefits like these will be tied into your overall cloud roadmap, but your cloud goals should get much more specific.

Create specific goals such as:

  • “Many of our projects already have a cloud component—we need the internal technical capability to support these initiatives.”
  • “We want to adopt Office 365 to support employee mobility and retain access to features.”
  • “We need to use Azure initially for non-production environments but want to build toward production readiness.”

Step 2: Assess Capability Changes

During this stage, we map your specific goals to specific barriers and capabilities. For example:
  • Goal: Adopt containers in application development to support cloud readiness.
  • Barrier: Lack of internal skills set to deploy and manage containers.
  • Capability: Roadmap for training skillset internally and providing consultant support in the interim.

In this way, each goal is tied to a specific capability change on the roadmap, and the impact of each change can be estimated and measured.

Step 3: Create a Cloud Roadmap

Once we have identified the needed capability changes, the work can be planned via a detailed, actionable roadmap.

The roadmap will be your guide for migrating to the cloud, adopting cloud technologies, developing cloud-native applications, implementing cloud integrations, and more.

To keep the roadmap as actionable as possible, each milestone will tie back to a specific capability change (rather than the entire completed application or integration).

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