IT Focus Area: cloud
May 15, 2017
Is There a Magic Formula for Your Cloud Success?
Transformation to cloud is most effective when it is executed in alignment with the right enterprise strategy. But how do you adopt a continuous measurement and metrics for cloud success? Is there a key formula with definable variables?
I remember when my high-schooler was reviewing (and practicing) how to write college essays on various topics. She came across the topic of “Formula for Success.” She considered various factors—such as intelligence, experience, knowledge, training, and opportunity—to see how they can be logically connected with mathematical operators to define her own formula for success. It was an intriguing exercise, but it was very difficult to measure and prove.
Nevertheless, let’s see if we can engage in a similar exercise for the transformation to hybrid cloud. As a first step, three keys phases stand out for successful cloud transformation: strategy, execution, and measurement.
• Strategy is all about ensuring that your overall business and IT strategy is well-defined for your entire enterprise.
• Execution is the actual act of systematically transforming the appropriate application, and infrastructure components, to the right cloud, the right way.
• Measurement is ensuring your tangible metrics are identified and tracked before and after your cloud transformation.
Let’s apply some arithmetic to the significance of these three phases.
Having only two of these phases is not a recipe for success. The following mathematical inequality confirms the obvious.
1 + 1 ≠ 3
At the same time, if all three phases are addressed properly, you could realize significant gains through exponential synergies. Or, in mathematical terms, it is quite possible that:
1 + 1 + 1 could, indeed, equal 5!
It makes me wonder if there is a formula that symbolizes the reasons why each of the cloud transformation phases are vital standing alone. For example, take the following formula:
Every cloud transformation project should be executed properly, and in alignment, with your overall strategy while continuously being measured.
Here’s what we’re saying with this formula:
• If there is no strategy (zero value), Transformation Index (TI) will be 1. With the right strategy, the value will rise exponentially. The more accurate your strategy is, the higher your TI.
• If there is no measurement, TI is undefined (divide by zero error). You don’t know where you are as an enterprise.
• Proper execution will increase the TI value offset by flawed executions.
• The greater the number of projects for which this is done right, the higher the Transformation Index.
I am no Eratosthenes when it comes to mathematical formulas. However, this is an attempt to apply arithmetical principles to reinforce the 12 steps to evolve to a hybrid cloud. The promise of cloud is determined more by what you do before going to cloud than the actual act of doing so!
Preparation Can Be the Most Powerful Tool
Before you move to the cloud, asking simple but powerful questions can help you build the right strategy for successful transformation:
• Why go to cloud?
• What workloads should go to cloud?
• When should the migration to cloud happen?
These are all fair questions to ask. The questions might be the same at every organization around the world, but the answers vary from one organization to another. Developing those answers will help your organization build the right strategy for your business.
Is there a formula that comes to your mind when you think of being successful with cloud computing? Are there other factors to be considered? Please let us know and join in the conversation by adding your comments below.
As for my high schooler, she is still refining her personal formula for success—aren’t we all?