Cloud Readiness isn't just about uploading systems to a Cloud Provider. It's about transforming the way people work to leverage speed and capacity for a better user experience. Whether it's your Messaging and Collaboration platform or a Content Delivery Network, Stratum's Cloud Readiness Assessments look at both the Business and Technology requirements to help you make the right decisions at the right times.

Cloud Readiness Assessments

Stratum's Cloud Readiness Assessments are part of the Assessment phase of Stratum's Service Delivery Framework. It is based on the information discovered in our Cloud Envisioning Workshops or similar information (typically provided by our customers' IT teams). The primary function of the Cloud Readiness Assessment is to determine exactly what needs to be done to move the selected workloads to the Cloud and develop a detailed project plan to accomplish that. The Cloud Readiness Assessment provides a thorough review of your existing IT environment as it pertains to the desired Cloud service model (i.e., IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and an associated roadmap. Within the context of the roadmap, detailed plans are produced for each identified service to be implemented, as well as a financial projection for the estimated Cloud Costs over a three year term. The exact length of a particular Cloud Readiness Assessment depends on the complexity of the environment and the information available from an Opportunity Assessment or other sources.  To manage this, Stratum's Service Delivery Framework leverages the Agile Framework to ensure a successful project.  Stratum typically focuses on two-week "sprints", intense periods of specific activities that move towards a specific outcome.  A typical Cloud Readiness Assessment is at least one sprint and can last as long as four.

Objectives

The Cloud Readiness Assessment is a Professional Services engagement that evaluates your workloads to determine if they are candidates for deployment as Cloud services.  It provides specific planning activities to facilitate the transformation to the Cloud during the migration phase. Typical objectives of the Cloud Readiness Assessment consulting project are:

  • Incorporate existing IT management policies/procedures, security policies and disaster recovery, archive and backup requirements into your implementation.
  • Prioritize the implementation of the selected workloads and map workload-specific requirements to potential Cloud Service Provider offerings.
  • Identify the impact on existing IT services.
  • Map new Cloud services within the context of a future state model based on best practices and analysis of your selected workloads aligned with your business strategy.
  • Identify/review Cloud Service Providers to satisfy service requirements.
  • Conduct a financial review of comparable IT services.
  • Create project-specific plans for approved workloads and Cloud services. These plans include:
  • Transition into the Cloud without interruption to your business.
  • Matching security requirements.
  • Matching performance and uptime SLAs.

Pre-Engagement Activities

Prior to the start of the Engagement, Stratum collects any existing information such as inventories, CMDB reports, helpdesk ticket reports, and financial summaries. This could be anything from existing reports and inventories to a collection of artifacts from Stratum's Cloud Envisioning Workshops.  If this information is not already available, it could impact the required length of the Readiness Assessment engagement. We also hold a Kick-off Call to establish the roles and responsibilities, logistics, schedules and high-level goals for the engagement.

Discovery Activities

The Cloud Readiness Assessment usually starts with a discovery process that allows Stratum to verify the details and identify any institutional knowledge that may exist.  The discovery activities include (but are not limited to):
  • A short presentation of your major goals and issues, and your Cloud Success Factors.
  • A review of the initial workloads currently targeted to move to the Cloud first, concentrating on the requirements for security, performance and availability for each workload.
  • A short explanation of how we intend to proceed with the data collection.
  • A scheduling conversation to get the information necessary to satisfy the Objectives listed above based on availability of your personnel.
  • The majority of the discovery sprint is spent in small groups capturing the required information. Each mid-afternoon we have a quick review of what has been covered, what needs to be covered, and list any data collection issues so they can get addressed.

Post-Discovery Activities

After the on-site visit, we analyze the information provided and prepare the deliverables. We may have a few specific questions which we will ask via a scheduled conference call.

Deliverables

Cloud Readiness Assessment Executive Summary

This brief executive-level report covers the scope, approach, high-level findings and recommendations identified during the Cloud Readiness Assessment for the benefit of your senior management.

Cloud Readiness Assessment Report

This comprehensive report has detail from the Assessment Service including:
  • Summary of key findings and strategic approach to the Cloud
  • Future state architecture
  • Short-term Cloud implementation priorities and dependencies
  • Detailed project plans for each identified workload to be implemented
  • Implementation schedule and dependencies
  • Financial analysis of identified workloads
  • A maintenance and support strategy
  • Cloud adoption and operational impact
  • Rollout strategy
  • Rollback strategy in case it is necessary at some point to move off of the selected Cloud Service Provider(s)
  • Summary Presentation
We deliver a summary presentation highlighting the findings of the Assessment Service in a 1-2 hour on-line meeting one-to-two weeks after the discovery activities.

Next Steps

An essential and usual next step after a Cloud Readiness Assessment is to actually implement the Cloud migration according to the project plan. We can help with Migration Services as necessary to supplement your own staff. If appropriate, we may additionally recommend a training program tailored to your specific needs from Stratum's Cloud Foundations training courses.