Myth one: Cloud is a technology project
Migrating to the cloud is a journey, and it must begin with creating a roadmap tied directly to your business strategy. Leaders recognize that business objectives – not technology – should underpin every cloud decision.
This roadmap will be unique to your enterprise, will break down your transformation journey into achievable steps, will identify which cloud technologies best match your business strategy, and will be agile enough to accommodate change.
To create this roadmap, leaders bring together a broad, cross-functional team of multidisciplinary business, operations, technology, security, and compliance leaders – collaborating to ensure alignment around objectives and outcomes. This approach helps avoid cloud failures that can result from a solely IT-led roadmap.
Before you begin developing your roadmap, consider your company's people, processes, and technology to identify the most critical projects you want to tackle first, build early momentum, and recognize that iteration is inevitable. For example, a leading energy company assembled a cross-functional team to develop a roadmap for migrating more than 200 on-premise applications to the cloud. Using a ROI tool tied to overarching business objectives, the company achieved greater business value at every stage of its cloud journey.