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Cloud Transition Strategies: Assess the Value Drivers First

Cloud Transition Strategies: Assess the Value Drivers First

This IDC study provides guidance to CIOs and other strategic leaders as they develop their cloud transition strategies, with the desire to mature their cloud computing capabilities to thrive and survive in an economy that is undergoing a dramatic shift with a profound digital transformation.

Companies at large desire to mature their cloud computing capabilities, but IDC doesn't see their action matching their ambition yet. IDC believes that one big factor as to why a lot of organizations are challenged with developing their maturity is the lack of structure and guidance on how to develop a cloud transition strategy. In many cases, discussions about why and how get mixed up, hence making real decision making virtually impossible.

IDC suggests that companies assess the value drivers answering the why question first. With no clear value or reason, there's simply no need to get engaged in the various aspects of its feasibility, regardless of whether those issues are related to technical or operational aspects.

The four dimensions of value drivers IDC suggests are:

  • IT efficiency
  • Business process improvement
  • Agility
  • Innovation

"Companies need to develop a structured cloud transition strategy today," says Erik Berggren, vice president, Cloud Transition Strategies, with IDC's IT Executive Programs. "There's a gap between what is desired and what is actually getting done, stemming from a lack of guidance and structure for how to do it."

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Opinion
In This Study
IT Executive Program Research Agenda
Situation Overview
A Digital Transformation Across the Economy
Companies Adopting Cloud Solutions for More Strategic Reasons
Developing a Cloud Transition Strategy
Value Drivers First
A Progression of Value Drivers
IT Efficiency
Business Process Improvement
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
Immediately (During the Current Budget Cycle)
Next Budget Cycle (12 Months)
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Related Research
Figure: IT Executive Program Research Agenda Themes
Figure: Value Versus Feasibility of a Cloud Deployment
Figure: Category of Value Driver for a Cloud Deployment for a Given Workload

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