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AWS – Enterprise Cloud Adoption Maturity

As this IDC report shows only 25% of organizations have repeatable strategies for Cloud adoption, with 32% having no Cloud strategy at all, describing the need for a best practice based repeatable framework for planning Cloud adoption that drives business success. This Forbes posting from Joe McKindrick also references this research, describing:

only about one in seven organizations with multiple cloud workloads (14%) actually have managed, or optimized cloud strategies. The largest segment, 47%, say their cloud strategies tend to be on the fly — “opportunistic, or ad hoc.”

and that

And only a somewhat larger group, 11%, were at the next-best level, “managed,” in which their enterprises are “implementing a consistent, enterprisewide best-practices approach to cloud;” and “orchestrating service delivery across an integrated set of resources.”

Vendors like AWS offer ready to use best practices that can help plug this gap, such as this simple adoption planning model offered by Stephen Orban, Head of Enterprise Strategy at Amazon AWS and previously CIO of Dow Jones.

From his experiences enterprise organizations progress through four main stages of Enterprise Cloud Adoption Maturity, consistent with the IDC research:

Stage Capabilities Benefits
1 – Project Basic Cloud skills Enterprises start with a few projects to begin to understand how they can leverage the cloud to meet a business need.
2 – Foundation Cloud Centre of Excellence Once an enterprise has gained some benefit from the cloud through a few projects, it tends to make some foundational investments so it can scale that benefit across its organization.
3 – Migration Standardized Cloud Migration patterns As the enterprise builds a cloud foundation and gains experience with more projects, it typically becomes easier and more compelling to migrate existing IT assets to the cloud.
4 – Optimization IT Cost Reduction As the gravity of an enterprise’s IT footprint moves from its own (or its MSPs) data centers to the cloud, it typically finds itself in a much better position to optimize both its IT footprint (costs) and its business capabilities (products and services).

1.Orban S. The Journey Toward Cloud-First & the Stages of Adoption. Medium. https://medium.com/aws-enterprise-collection/the-journey-toward-cloud-first-the-stages-of-adoption-6ad3e3b843c7. Published September 19, 2016. Accessed September 9, 2017.

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