You have developed a plan to launch your organization’s cloud technology adoption journey. You have even gained the support of executives and the enthusiasm of grassroots members to add energy to your effort. Fortunately, your task force is working well together after the launch. Thanks to proper planning and your team’s laser focus!
However, despite the strong start, progress is suddenly slowing down. New hurdles start to surface more frequently and delay the delivery of initial critical workloads to the public cloud. Pressure is mounting.
What do you do? Do you start from scratch?
Why Starting from Scratch Isn’t Always the Best Idea
Many organizations possess a clear understanding about their unique vulnerabilities and needs. However, they often miss an important point – their commonalities with others. This gives them the impression that they must adopt cloud technology from scratch, i.e. from a technical and procedural perspective.
While it seems to make sense to rebuild one’s core IT operations from scratch, this is a route you do not always have to take. Your team may end up losing precious energy and time to innovate and transform, as they focus on rebuilding basic foundational technology components and IT processes. In the end, you may risk delaying operational excellence and mess up your return on investment.
In many cases, you can gain much better results if you accelerate your cloud adoption journey by concentrating on your commonalities with others. In addition, tapping on proven processes and tools. Today, cloud adoption tool kits are more accessible to organizations. These kits contain repeatable processes, templates, and patterns. They are designed to reduce the complexity and burden of cloud adoption. This way, you can deploy solutions that are right by default from the get-go.
Understanding Right by Default Cloud Solutions
Right by default cloud solutions are a type of tool kit that helps its user to establish a cloud footprint with connectivity. They allow organizations to adopt best practices as well as proven technology components and processes. The great thing about these tool kits is that your team can customize the default solutions once they become familiar with operating in a cloud landscape and the factors that differentiate their needs from other cloud adopters.
If you want to gain the ability to embrace new norms, explore new capabilities, retrain teams, rethink team processes and structures, you should deploy the correct right by default solutions. They are excellent risk mitigators and can allow you to deliver innovative business solutions.
The Correct Way to Evaluate Right by Default Solutions
When it comes to adopting emerging technology, experimentation is of utmost importance. You need to climb over the walls of traditional cloud proofs-of-concept, e.g. service demonstrations or tactical workloads. After that, you must test the above-mentioned tool kits to help you accelerate the adoption process. Start diving into run books, process flows, and code templates. Ask yourself how your IT team will deploy production workloads into the new environment, how they will codify security policies, configure networks, and more.
- Gap inquiry
Before you utilize any cloud tool kit, familiarize yourself with potential gaps and the solution’s capabilities. You need to ask for proof of value and find out if there are any shortcomings that may present themselves in time. You should also check if assistance can be provided at a future date, should you choose to extend or customize any right by default solutions.
- Be inquisitive
While you may have differentiated needs in mind, you should still be open to evaluating and seeking standard cloud patterns and practices. It is a good idea to search for peer organizations that are near the end or middle of their adoption journey and ask about their cloud adoption experience. Are their needs common or unique to others?
With this new-found knowledge, you can now head back to your office to lead your organization’s cloud adoption journey. Don’t forget to ask your team if everyone is achieving stipulated cloud goals for innovation, ROI, and operational excellence.