15 Stages of Cloud Adoption
3Acknowledgment of Complexity
4Addressing Cost Savings and Allocation
In an effort to reduce cloud costs and increase visibility into cost drivers, IT teams will kick off cloud optimization projects. For example, the team may want to categorize assets by department so they can chargeback or inventory costs. Because of the dynamic nature of the cloud, however, cost allocation needs to be an ongoing process, rather than a one-time analysis.
5Implementing Automation and Visibility for Scalable Control
Once costs are under control, improved visibility and automation must be used to tackle broader cloud complexity. Improved visibility means having a single place that shows the health of the cloud infrastructure while maximizing information flow to enable decentralized decision-making. Once visibility is addressed, more tasks can be automated to reduce management complexity, and minimize human—manual—workflows.
6Customizing the Cloud
Invariably, organizations hit a stage where cloud adoption matures beyond initial experimentation and is used for mission-critical workloads and assets. At this stage, cloud service management is crucial to extract the true benefits of the cloud and make cloud operations manageable.