What is a Cloud Strategy?
A cloud strategy is a plan of action for organizations of any size to use cloud-based services to achieve their objectives. It involves assessing cloud readiness, developing cloud governance, and implementing security and compliance measures. This strategy helps ensure that the organization is well-equipped to utilize cloud-based services, and to do so efficiently and securely.
What's included in this Cloud Strategy template?
- 3 focus areas
- 6 objectives
- 6 projects
- 6 KPIs
Each focus area has its own objectives, projects, and KPIs to ensure that the strategy is comprehensive and effective.
Who is the Cloud Strategy template for?
This cloud strategy template is designed for IT departments of organizations of all sizes who are looking to migrate to the cloud or improve their cloud-based services. This template provides a framework for evaluating organizational needs, exploring cloud options, setting measurable targets (KPIs), and implementing related projects.
1. Define clear examples of your focus areas
Focus areas are the primary areas of activity within a cloud strategy. Examples of focus areas may include assessing cloud readiness, developing cloud governance, and implementing security and compliance measures. When defining focus areas, it is important to consider the objectives of the organization and the desired outcomes.
2. Think about the objectives that could fall under that focus area
Objectives are the specific goals that need to be achieved in order to achieve the focus areas. They should be actionable and measurable. An example of an objective might be to assess cloud readiness by conducting an organizational assessment.
Examples of some objectives for the focus area of Assess Cloud Readiness could be: Evaluate organizational needs, and Explore Cloud Options.
3. Set measurable targets (KPIs) to tackle the objective
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are measurable targets that can be used to track progress towards the objectives. Examples of KPIs may include identifying areas of improvement or cost savings, defining roles and responsibilities, or increasing service uptime. When setting KPIs it is important to consider the initial value, target, and unit of measurement.
4. Implement related projects to achieve the KPIs
Projects (Actions) are the initiatives required to achieve the KPIs and objectives. Examples of projects might include analyzing cloud services, creating a cloud policy document, or monitoring usage and performance. When implementing projects, it is important to consider the resources available to the organization and the timeline for completion.
5. Utilize Cascade Strategy Execution Platform to see faster results from your strategy
Cascade Strategy Execution Platform is designed to help organizations simplify strategy execution and improve performance. With Cascade, you can easily create, monitor, and report on strategies, objectives, and projects, enabling you to see faster results from your strategy.