Cloud is recognized by just about every CIO in the world as a key enabler of digital transformation (and, consequently, better business outcomes, like increased revenue and more strategic allocation of IT budget). But, while cloud adoption continues to grow, organizations’ cloud “maturity” varies widely.
Analyst firm, IDC, has categorized organizations’ cloud maturity using five levels of cloud adoption:
Beginning the process to increase awareness of cloud technology options
Turning to cloud because of immediacy of need, often unauthorized
Individual development and line-of-business teams experiment with cloud
Shadow IT reigns supreme with inconsistent approaches to security, information management and governance
Experimenting with short-term improvements in access to IT resources through cloud
Considering cloud for new solutions or isolated computing environments
Beginning to collaborate to formalize best practices and develop frameworks for implementing enterprise-scale hybrid multicloud architectures
Enabling more agile access to IT resources through standardization and implementation of best practices
Relying on self-service portals to access cloud services
More consistent and standardized availability of automated cloud resources and services to developers and LOB teams
Implementing a consistent, enterprise-wide best-practices approach to the cloud
Orchestrating service delivery across an integrated set of resources
Mission-critical workloads increasingly implemented using cloud platforms and services
Workload portability increases and users enjoy consistent experiences across applications
Delivering innovative, IT-enabled products and services from internal and external providers
Driving business innovation through transparent access to IT capability, based on value to business and transparent cost measures
Organization-wide cloud strategies and policies are consistently defined and implemented
The greater the level of cloud maturity, the more likely organizations are to support advanced technologies, including microservices architectures, containers and IoT. And, the greater the level of cloud maturity, the better the measurable business outcomes.
So, how does your organization rank?
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