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Computing to be 100% Cloud – Nadhan’s Top 5 steps

Forbes blogger Joe McKendrick states “Some businesses emerging on the scene today are 100% cloud" – an interesting concept – 100% cloud. What does it take for a business to rightfully claim to be 100% cloud computing-based and be effective at it? There are several strategic measures that need to be in place for an enterprise to be 100% effective in the cloud computing arena. The physical act of being present in the cloud is academic at best -- as you will see when I outline the 5 steps that businesses must take to be 100% cloud. The percentages indicate the total progress made with each step.


1. SOA Strategy (35%). Fundamental principles of service orientation are the foundation for the cloud as outlined in Joe McKendrick’s ZDNet Service Oriented blog.  Businesses must ensure that they have a SOA strategy in place across business services, application services and the infrastructure services layer. Absence of a SOA strategy is likely to result in the uncontrolled proliferation of unstructured services across the enterprise. A well-defined SOA strategy, takes businesses almost half-way (35%) to being 100% cloud.


2. Transformation Strategy (60%) Even with a SOA strategy, it behooves businesses to consider the options available in the cloud today and converge upon a healthy mix of traditional, private, public, hybrid and managed environments. The transformation strategy defines the plan of action to realize the desired state across these environments. Having a comprehensive transformation strategy building up on the SOA foundation gets enterprises more than half way (60%) to being 100% cloud.


3. Information Strategy. (80%) Cloud Computing opens up options for addressing Big Data challenges. However, all data must be secure and compliant with various regulations. Such considerations are fundamental to the Information strategy which also addresses the timely availability of the right information at the right time presented in the right fashion. Having a well-defined Information Strategy establishes a rock-solid foundation (80%) for eventually being 100% cloud. Hold your breath. Almost there!


4. Governance Model. (97%). While businesses can have all these strategies in place, 100% cloud cannot be achieved if the governance model is not fully defined across the various departments as well as the service provider base. Cloud Computing governance is vital to ensuring streamlined operation, interaction and ongoing evolution of the ecosystem of services and solutions pertinent to the business.


5. Service Procurement. (100%) By now, you must be wondering why businesses are not 100% yet. Well, there is the academic act of actually procuring the right components as a service -- whether they be infrastructure (1%), platform (1%) or software (1%). Once these are procured, enterprises will not only be 100% cloud but also effective at it.


So, do the “emerging businesses that are 100% cloud today” have the right SOA, transformation and information strategies in place? Do they have an effective governance model? Businesses that do will effectively sustain and grow their 100% cloud presence proving McKendrick's words to be prophetic. Businesses that don’t … well -- you can do the math using the percentages I list above.


How is your journey to cloud computing going? Are you shooting for 100% cloud or do you have another figure in mind? I’d love to hear about your progress.


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