Key Factors: The Cloud Programme

Want to know the key factors to a successful cloud programme? Here’s what the cloud programme needs to take into consideration.

This article is part of the limited preview of the “The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap”, a generic roadmap for any enterprise cloud adoption programme.

  1. Executive Summary
    1. The Cloud and Enterprises
    2. The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap
    3. Key Factors for a Successful Cloud Programme
      1. The Impact of Cloud
      2. The Cloud Programme
        1. The Classification
        2. The Impact
        3. The Risks
        4. The Structure
        5. The Execution
      3. The Organisation
      4. Humbleness for the Task Ahead
  2. The Cloud and Enterprises
  3. The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap
  4. A Cloudy Future

The Cloud Programme

The cloud programme, which delivers the delta leap and unlocks the cloud for the organisation, relies on the following key factors.

The Classification

Similar to the cloud itself, the general cloud programme also requires a realistic assessment of its impact on the organisation and the corresponding strategies, as it

Especially in a programme of this size and impact, it’s nearly impossible to get it right the first time. Iterate. Reset. Cancel.

The Impact

The cloud programme has a seismic impact, as it

Prolonged support from the broader organisation combined with timely detection of problems and sufficient lead times for their resolution can alleviate some of the agony and substantially increase the chances of success.

The Risks

The cloud programme is exposed to severe risks where it needs to

The cloud programme controls its own destiny. As long as it chooses to stay in control.

The Structure

The cloud programme requires a business case that provides a clear and realistic

The cloud programme itself requires

The methodical structure and setup of the cloud programme allows it to initiate controlled changes with the help of skilled people knowing that the organisation is behind it.

The Execution

The execution of the cloud programme requires

  • a realistic application assessment
  • the identification of patterns to move
  • the selection of the right cloud compagnon applications and teams to deliver them
  • moving suitable applications or re-architecting them prior to go-live
  • McPs to be defined, built, tested, reviewed, and retired after each iteration
  • building the capabilities of the cloud platform iteratively and incrementally
  • building everything as-a-service from the beginning
  • building a cloud platform through the delivery of McPs that is
    • enterprise grade in terms of security, compliance, resilience, observability, supportability, auditability, usability, and maturity
    • integrated into the corporate ecosystem but still loosely coupled
    • leveraging the corporate ecosystem as much as possible
  • patience; not every deliverable will be business facing but rather more about enablement for subsequent iterations

The iterative and incremental delivery approach especially requires a supportive organisation that appreciates the message and the expectations communicated by the cloud programme.

The Organisation

Find out more about it in the next article.

So, What Are Your Key Factors?!

While the above Worx for Me!™ when it comes to key factors for the cloud programme, you may have an alternative or better way.

Think this is all rubbish, massively overrated, or generally heading into the absolutely wrong direction?! Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn and teach me something new!

As always, prove me wrong and I’ll buy you a pint!


Dominic Dumrauf

An Enterprise Solution Architect by profession, an avid outdoor enthusiast by heart, and a passionate barista by choice. Still hunting that elusive perfect espresso.

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