Cloud Foundation



Each Cloud Adoption Journey Is Unique - Yours too!

Cloud computing introduces a significant paradigm shift in how technology is obtained, used, and managed. This is also why you need to shift your thinking and enhance your operational capabilities for consuming technology resources. The core implementation of these capabilities is called Cloud Foundation.

Cloud computing introduces a significant shift in how technology is obtained, used, and managed.

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Cloud Foundation can be thought as your cloud environment bedrock, on top of which you will build everything else in the future. This is why the foundation should be solid and well thought out. When the foundation is in order and standardized, implementing solutions on top of it becomes easier over time.

AWS Cloud Adoption Framework can be used to fasttrack and facilitate this work to get faster to more productive results.

7 Elements of a Successful Cloud Journey

The journey in cloud adoption has a lot of angles to cover. It requires fundamental changes in mindset, operations and management, across organizations. The benefits are obvious (e.g. scalability, security, availability, reduced cost), but only possible if planned and executed the right way.

Cloud computing enables the shift from capital expenses to operational expenses model. It shifts how to budged and pay for computing usage. Transforming from 'pay for what you own' to 'pay for what you use' and eventually to 'pay for what your need'. Going global in the matter of minutes, gaining advantages from doing things at scale.

1. Cloud Strategy

Every successful cloud journey starts with a vision and strategy; why we are going to the cloud and what are the benefits we are looking for. This is a business driven decision with business outcomes clearly in mind.

Clear strategy helps everyone to understand the meaning and the target of the journey.

2. Executive Sponsorship

To be successful, the cloud adoption project needs resources and other abilities to succeed. One key item is to create a atmosphere, where people involved believe that the project has the keys to success. One thing how the organization can support these abilities from executive level is to provide clear sponsorship to the implemented work. This can be achieved for example by naming a CxO level sponsor to work as a executive cloud champion inside the organization and manifest leadership commitment to the project.

This will make people invest and believe in the work they do and yield better results.

3. Experimentation and Learning

Lean culture and experimentation can be utilized to help building confidence, that Cloud is the right direction. Doing things in small increments and manageable entities bring sense of accomplishment and steer towards investing more in cloud technologies and learning more.

Also, failing in experiments is as equally important lesson. It is good to know in small scale what does not work for your services or organization.

4. Principles & Standards

Promoting common way of working with a solid governance model let's teams to concentrate on building their application utilizing existing core infrastructure and commonly agreed rules and policies.

Centralized models for purchasing infrastructure and managing cost can be used to increase operational visibility but to also plan and manage costs.

5. Cloud Center of Excellence

Organizations quite commonly struggle with cloud implementations branching out in multiple corners of the organization and with no two of being the same. Not just writing down policies and principles will actually help making using those a reality. This is where forming a Cloud Center of Excellence can help.

Cloud Center of Excellence can operate as a cross-organizational elite unit; supporting cloud adoption, promoting best practices and educating inside the organization but to also help in concrete issues faced by application teams every day with low bar approachability.

6. Culture Change 

Cultures are difficult to change from outside. You need to provide an environment nurturing cultural change from the inside and enable positive change. Going to the cloud requires a change in the mindset and in the way the company and its employees operate. This needs to be reflected in the internal culture as well.

These changes can be for example to attitudes, like accepting cloud as the new normal or changing financial culture from owning to using, capital expenditure to operational.

7. Adoption Roadmap

Orienteering is really hard without a map. So you better get one. It is far easier to know, if you have reached your target and passed all the milestones, if you have a good roadmap visualized out for you.

Cloud Adoption Framework and Perspectives

We have a long history in helping organizations to start leveraging cloud computing. We have aligned our working practices and methodologies with AWS Cloud Adoption Framework. Using our practices and the framework to think holistically, together, we can help organizations to develop a structured approach to cloud adoption.

To cover all the needed aspects, the framework organizes the guidance into six areas of interest. To successfully execute and plan the adoption, a set of discovery workshops is needed to engage with stakeholders with their relevant framework perspective. Workshops give good insight on defining necessary work streams and explore possible gaps in terms of skills and processes.

Cloud Foundation Workshop

To successfully execute and plan the adoption, a set of discovery workshops is needed to engage with stakeholders with their relevant cloud adoption perspectives. Workshops give good insight on defining necessary work streams and explore possible gaps in terms of skills and processes.

Bedrock for Your Cloud

As a result of the successful Cloud Foundation you will have

  • Discovery of your infrastructure
  • Baseline security setup
  • Governance model
  • Baseline automation

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