After delivering dozens of cloud projects and hundreds of cloud workshops, HP experts came to one common conclusion around the most challenging yet rewarding part of making cloud computing work for the enterprise, and that is: organizational and operational readiness is key. The most common pitfalls for private or public cloud builders include:
- Treating cloud computing as a pure technology solution such as virtualization or automation
- Reluctance to involve cloud consumers or business
- Not addressing security and compliance early on
- Trying to absorb cloud within your current organization, processes, business operations
Thanks to increased market awareness and maturing technology solutions, cloud computing is less of a mystery today. Many organizations are moving beyond the basic investigation phase towards real cloud adaption for revenue growth and competitive advantage. For cloud builders, learning about cloud and investigating different vendor technologies is not planning. Basically, as part of strategic and tactical planning, organizations should:
- Align business and technology teams
- Define future state and optimum delivery, operations model (cloud and traditional)
- Assess the current state, identify gaps between current and future state
- Develop a detailed master project plan
- Develop a detailed business plan and/or business case
- Analyze workloads and categorize for different delivery models.
This next phase in cloud adoption requires greater business-technology alignment, organizational adaptation and well planned, customized financial planning for the project and the business. HP will help deliver these promises by leading organizations on a pragmatic journey to the cloud and hybrid delivery, starting with a set of short-term, complementary consulting services: HP Cloud Planning Services, just announced at HP Discover 2012. We will help organizations understand the implications of not only the technology aspects of their strategy, but most importantly, the people and process elements supporting HP’s broader approach, called the Converged Cloud: access to “Infrastructure Anywhere,” “Applications Anywhere,” and “Information Anywhere.”
Specifically, the new HP Cloud Planning Services include HP Converged Cloud Workshop, HP Cloud Future Definition Service, HP Cloud Gap Analysis Service, and HP Cloud Business Case Development Service.
Learn how just-announced HP Converged Cloud solutions can help your enterprise on its cloud journey.
Hande Sahin-Bacheci has been with HP for over 10 years and held key global consulting business and marketing roles. Currently, she is the WW marketing lead for Cloud and Converged Infrastructure Consulting Services for HP Technology Services.