A useful guide to Cloud Best Practice

With so many guides on best practice, available, a natural response would be not ANOTHER one.  In response to this I have sought to keep this guide brief, pragmatic and relevant to everyone in the business.

Understand what you want to achieve as a business (but keep it fluid):   Establish clear targets & metrics aligned to the business objectives. Define success factors, track and measure progress.

Adopt a cloud first approach: This is not the same as a cloud only approach.  The cloud first approach starts with looking for cloud-based solutions, but it does not eliminate the possibility of other solutions. This provides greater flexibility for the business.

Understand the true/real costs: Total cost is not simply measured in monetary terms. Cloud economics considers BUSINESS VALUE and FINANCIAL MGT.

  • Cost Savings – Financial benefits can be significant but are not the only measure
  • Staff Productivity – By automating processes and with less demand for manual maintenance your people are better placed to work on the business. Innovating to drive and accelerate business success;
  • Operational Resilience – Achieved through outsourcing your IT hardware and infrastructure needs to reputable 3rd party providers with a vested interest to deliver secure, reliable scalable services at the best price;
  • Business Agility – The ability to respond to changes in the market, making use of always up to date advancements in technology at no additional cost to gain competitive advantage.

Build a minimum viable cloud: The Cloud version of MVP demonstrated viability of cloud services. This is characterised by a well-defined baseline, automation and the ability for a business to innovate and re-deploy often.

Ensure you are cloud ready?

  • Do your people have the skills and experience to transition?
  • Will your business culture embrace the cloud? Embracing the cloud is not an end solution, it is a process. Will you accept a level of experimentation?
  • Are your applications and workloads ready for migration?

Automate: A key advantage of the cloud is the ease at which you can automate procedures and trigger events. Example: auto adjust your cloud to scale capacity based on increasing or decreasing traffic flows to a website.

Well architected: Like any system a cloud environment should be intentionally designed to meet the business needs and be able to easily scale over time.

Cloud adoption is a marathon not a sprint, adopting best practice from the outset allows you to benefit from the experience and lessons learnt by others giving you a strong point of departure and assurance of continued success.  At 1Tech we have been focused on our client’s business needs for 20 years.

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