It’s time for your weekly one-on-one with your CIO, and she shocks you. “I’ve heard that we can save a lot of money in the cloud, and I’ve decided we need to get there,” she says. “How soon can you return with a migration plan?”
Mandate in hand, you leave her office. You realize that you need not just a plan and a scorecard, but a strategy for how to think about exploiting all the advantages the cloud offers. Which applications should go first? Where should you use IaaS, and PaaS? Based on what criteria? How do you do on-premise to cloud connectivity? What features can you take advantage of? ... And so on.
Here are a set of ideas for thinking about it. These are based on our experiences in Microsoft IT as we built our strategy a couple of years ago.
Cloud computing represents one of the seminal events in our industry. By creating and socializing a strategy with your teams and your partners you'll be able to take maximum advantage of this new, more flexible, more cost-effective style of computing.