The best approach for your cloud computing adoption

It's essential for organizations to be cloud players. And the best approach for cloud computing adoption is being discussed. Read up on to know more.

Introduction

In terms of adopting the cloud recently, there are two typical approaches: short-sprint approach and big-bang approach. And there is a fact that large and government agencies with short and quick sprints are usually more successful than those that try to drive huge change over a longer period of time.


Why is it like that? Find out the answers in our post about the best approach for your cloud computing adoption. In particular, that is short sprints vs. big bang.

What is cloud adoption?

Adopting the cloud is known as a strategic move by organizations of reducing cost, mitigating risk and achieving scalability of database capabilities. This process may be up to various degrees in an organization, depending on the depth of adoption.

Migrating applications to the cloud offer many benefits. The diagram below will show some noticeable benefits:

And choosing the way to adopt the cloud effectively and beneficially is essential for organizations.

Considering the issue

About the cloud computing adoption, large enterprises and government agencies find it more advantageous with short tactical cloud computing projects or so-called short-sprints rather than with larger, more strategic projects, aka the big-bang approach. Let's consider two following examples to see this more clearly:

The former is a telecom company hoping to migrate all core systems from their data centers to the cloud within three years.

A strategic plan that includes inventorying thousands of workloads and understanding of how they run; creating a factory and map out a process for migrating the data, as well as creating new security and government services is also built. That seems to be aggressive, even over three years.

After all, this company achieved the targets. Anyway, it could only assess whether the strategy was successful three years after it started, once the big-bang attempt was made.

The latter is a manufacturer with a larger strategic project aiming at migrating about 100 workloads to an initial IaaS public cloud, using a quick sprint. This can be conducted in just three months and the applications that will provide the most value to the company are also picked, leading to a win.

Having above 100 workloads moved in the sprints process, this company added further sprints and even some parallel ones to move 300 apps per sprint.

Consequently, it successfully had all the appropriate applications and data in the public cloud after three years. (approximately 70 percent of your workloads.)

Analyzing

From above examples, we may infer that both companies basically had the same target as well as the same number of applications. However, there are some typical differences.

At the bottom, the first company spent three years gaining the value, whereas the second one had the ability to demonstrate business value immediately and get incremental value over the course of three years.

Secondly, the manufacturer also could identify and adjust for any upcoming issues, instead of discovering them when completing the adoption.

Moreover, by taking advantage of such small sprints, the manufacturer could manage to prove value to the leadership rapidly, which contributed the momentum (and funding) to keep on towards the next migration sprint.

On the other side, the big-bang approach of the telecom company had to seek ways to prevent budget cuts. The reason is the management couldn’t see whether the investments were paying off substantially, and had to take a leap of faith to invest all that money before seeing results or not.

In a word, inferring from the above analysis, you may easily realize that the organizations beginning cloud adoption strategies through small tactical projects take less time (a few months each) to complete and have less risk rather than through larger strategic projects taking a few years.

Wrapping up

Each mentioned approach may share the same objective that is to migrate most of the enterprise’s workloads. Anyway, the short-sprint approach is far more effective to demonstrate success and thus value more than the big-bang one.

The short-sprint approach also aligns with business objectives and user expectations. This may lead people to try a start small and grow fast approach versus the large and strategic one.

The big-bang approach is not normally appreciated by the executives and investors in the standard corporate culture. It can work when the company can hold to its commitment that long without any Return On Investment (ROI) during the process.

But there is a fact that most companies need the proof of ROI in months, not years, so using the short-sprint approach in your cloud adoption may be more positive.

Conclusion

In the comparison between two ways to adopt the cloud, the short-sprint approach is more considerable and thus wins. Hopefully, this post about the best approach for your cloud computing adoption may help you make the appropriate decision of using the best way to adopt the cloud effectively.


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