The Five Levels of Cloud “Maturity”: Answer 15 questions and find out where your organization ranks

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:

 

 

Ad Hoc

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

 

Opportunistic

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

 

Repeatable

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

 

Managed

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

 

Optimized

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?

Answer these 15 questions and automatically receive a free and personalized report with comparative scoring regarding your current cloud adoption and associated business benefits.

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