For many years, organizations have taken a traditional approach to buying expensive hardware and storing it in rows of racks in a data center located somewhere in the world. However, in 2006, Amazon launched a subsidiary called Amazon Web Services (AWS), which completely changed the future of IT Infrastructure. It began the transition away from the traditional approach of expensive data centers with high power and cooling, hands and feet, and all the hardware expense, to a cloud-based model where the cloud service provider has multiple data centers in a particular region that offer high availability (HA), with dedicated or non-dedicated servers, storage, networking, and many other services and features.
Cloud migration involves crucial organizational and business unit change management and talent pools, process, and technology. During this process, identifying the business goals and objectives is critical.
Like with any technology refresh or change, it is imperative to research and learn about the technology and objectives and how it will impact and align with the business goals.
The three main cloud service providers have a framework in place called the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), which helps businesses understand the benefits; build a structure; and gather people, process, and technology focus.
The CAF provides help in the business for coordinating the different business units of the organization migrating to the public cloud. It is sectioned into various areas of focus relevant to cloud adoption. The focus areas are labeled Perspectives, and each Perspective is separated into Components.
Technology is just one piece of the puzzle. People are another, and to achieve their goals, organizations must use their in-house talent. Organizations must build on existing talent and invest in further talent, whether from internal or external sources. They must leverage talent retention, as today’s cloud IT complexity is a very different way of working.
Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF)
The CAF was put in place to help organizations on their cloud adoption journey. It is built from migrations from all cloud service providers in many different geographies and from many industry verticals and complexities.
The CAF is drawn from multiple industry standard frameworks and provides a way to standardize stakeholders objectives, views, and concerns. It is a compressed model for addressing challenges and objectives. Note: One critical piece of the framework is that it lets us step into the persona of the stakeholder’s viewpoint.
The framework is cloud-agnostic, so you are able to use AWS’s CAF (for example) to move to Azure or GCP. It gives you the option to use it as a new cloud adopter or, if you are already in the cloud, it looks at business blockers and focus areas that need improvement and provides a guided path to a successful transformation.
With any cloud transformation journey comes risk, and it is a multi-dimensional journey. By using this framework, you can determine outcomes that are tangible and realistic. The framework also creates an action plan tailored to each business unit.
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