It has been interesting to watch organisations as they have integrated and migrated services to the cloud over the last few years. Depending on the size, industry or segment of the client, we have witnessed many right and wrong approaches to this journey.
With our clients, we recognised a trend appearing where the most successful organisations have the right plan, with true business stipulations (business, technical, functional and non-functional) and roadmap defined upfront; therefore, a blueprint.
Why a blueprint?
Most organisations know how to describe the current state and know how to create plans. The biggest impediment is building a clear and shared vision of the future state. And the key to this is not just defining the “what” but clearly articulating the “why”.
As organisations migrate services to the cloud, many ignore the vital steps in the process. We have witnessed organisations which have just migrate large enterprise apps to the cloud and then they are shocked by the consumption costs. Other organisations had no security design, which results in many staff obtaining unauthorised access which results in lack of security controls. These are just a few examples, of many.
It is crucial that the initial setup aligns to robust cloud architecture that meets the business drivers.
The recipe for the best blueprint includes:
- Partnership with a trusted and agile cloud service provider with blueprint experience
- Discovery, with education at the core. It will allow you to have a clear and shared vision of the desired future state
- A cloud architecture that will govern systems, security and processes that would most benefit your organisation
- An accurate application portfolio assessment that will allow you strategically map out to IaaS, PaaS or other cloud services
A cloud blueprint will eliminate risk and ensure a smooth cloud journey. This will enable clients to retain competitive advantage by moving forward at speed, rather than glancing in the rear-view mirror with doubts that they have a future-proof architecture.