If you are new to this topic, everyone wants to know where do I start? This question obviously depends on your level of knowledge of the cloud, your role in the organization and what you are trying to accomplish.
I mapped out the flow (below) for how to go through the process from beginning to end and Land the Cloud for your overall busines. This looks like a nice sequential flow. In actuality, if you are in business already, then many of these things may already be in motion. Your IT team may already be looking one of the Cloud Service Models, say IaaS to increase storage capacity or have servers available on demand for peak times. Your business leaders may already be looking at applications and services which would help their business. The only exception to this is if you are a start-up. Then you have the opportunity to go through the process below and put some real thought and planning in to your technology strategy that will best support your business.
So, where do you start?
- Get Educated. Everyone needs to get educated and on the same level set of terminology, technology understanding and the potential. Start in the Introduction and then The Cloud sections.
- If you are a business leader, you should read about creating your Business Strategy and Aligning this to the Technology Strategy in the Cloud Strategy section.
- If you are a technical leader, you should also start with the Cloud Strategy section as you must be in full alignment with the business strategy and then moving on to planning in Cloud Tactics.
- If you have a more technical role, you can dive right in under Cloud Tactics to understand how to develop your Technology Plans.
See the Table of Contents (TOC) for this blog to orient yourself.
- BaaS: Business as a Service
- SaaS: Software as a Service
- PaaS: Platform as a Service
- IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service
- MaaS: Management as a Service