You will need a Strategy that documents the goals of the migration, the applications and workloads to migrate to the Cloud, proposed timeframes, recommended technical strategy (that is, technical platform and tools) and expected results and benefits.

You will probably end up with a Hybrid cloud model and your Strategy will need to consider the impact over time on the organisation as a whole. A Vigilant.IT Strategy document addresses how each of your organisations operational stakeholders will be impacted by a move to the cloud as follows:

  • Enterprise architecture

  • Information security and risk management

  • Data classification

  • IT Risk Management

  • Finance, example:

It will be important to work with your finance department to develop several scenarios for the Cloud Migration, including aggressive, moderate, and slow migration plans, shown in Figure 3. An aggressive plan might involve moving 50 percent of your workloads to the cloud in the first year, whereas a moderate plan might be 30 percent, and a slower plan might be 10 percent. Aggressive plans will potentially save you more money, but this must be weighed against any risk and higher migration costs.

  • Operations

  • Human resources and the evolution of roles

  • Applications teams

  • Business units

  • Finance, example: