Prepare for a successful Azure migration
Considering a move to Azure? Helping a customer to migrate? Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework simplifies the journey.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cloud adoption; however, the main implementation stages are similar for most organisations. These stages are outlined in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework, which is designed to guide organisations through the cloud migration progress.
This approach is also recommended for IT partners that want to deliver a cloud journey that is simplified and fully aligned with their customers’ business needs and strategies.
Cloud adoption brings many business benefits: improved agility, reduced costs and faster time to market. To fully realise the potential, it is vital to define the strategy behind cloud adoption to ensure technical implementation is fully aligned with business objectives. The following exercises are useful at this stage:
This stage involves the translation of the aspirational goals identified in the planning stage into an actionable cloud adoption plan that is anchored in the business strategy. The following activities will help to secure alignment:
Preparing the organisation, culture, people and environment for coming changes increases the chance of success in each effort and accelerates implementation and change projects. Key activities at this stage include ensuring employee preparedness through skills and learning plans and creating a landing zone to support cloud adoption. The following exercises will guide these processes:
Move workloads that do not require re-architecture or redesign directly to the cloud using an applicable approach (eg lift and shift). The following exercises will help establish the processes to assess, migrate, optimise, secure, and manage these workloads:
Most cloud adoption projects also entail the modernisation of existing workloads. Such innovations can deliver great value by unlocking new technical skills and expanded business capabilities. The Cloud Adoption framework highlights the following exercises to prepare for modernisation:
Migration to the cloud will require changes to existing governance policies designed for on-premises IT systems, especially given the increasingly hostile threat environment. The exercises below provide a starting point for building a cloud governance foundation.
Beyond planning, migration and adoption, the key to achieving tangible business value from any cloud journey is effective ongoing management. The following exercises will guide a process to develop the business and technical capabilities required to drive high-performing cloud operations:
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