Setting Goals and Planning for Your Cloud Service Model

After you've purchased your cloud service model, you need to begin planning for the implementation of new services to your existing software and hardware. Creating a clear plan for this and communicating it to your IT team keeps them focused and outlines the goals necessary to achieve a smooth execution. These are six points to remember as you create a plan for your team.

1. Have your IT lead speak with your vendor

Communicating with your vendor about the process of implementation and laying out a plan with them that addresses any potential hardships can reduce the amount of time it takes to realize your cloud service model. Addressing any potential bumps in the road now can prepare your team to overcome these challenges as they arise.

2. Determine who your users are and what they expect/need

Knowing what your users currently expect from a cloud service model and striving to meet their needs can help you communicate what they should expect. Meeting these needs will ease the transition between a traditional service model and cloud service model. Giving your end users the resources they need translates to an environment that they see as a valuable tool that is beneficial to their goals.

3. If you don't have a data center, decide where you would like to host your infrastructure

Find a location for your hardware that is physically secure from intruders and inclement weather. Sites that have a tendency to flood or that have not been set up with extra security measures to prevent against trespassers should not be used. Consider reinforced structures that are currently being used to hold your IT systems or building a new facility specifically for your new cloud technology. Putting these measures in place is good practice for you and sends the message to your customers that you take the issue of security and their data seriously.

4. Delegate roles to your team

Laying out who is in charge of each component in the implementation process creates a single point person for each project. Delegating these roles ensures that each task is completed for a smooth transition to your cloud service model and helps facilitate team building. The delegation of tasks also sows ownership of your cloud service model after it has been put in place. 

5. Calculate the workloads that will be expected in your cloud service model

Understanding and preparing for the amount of traffic that your cloud environment will experience can help you deliver stability. One of my previous blog posts, 3 Tips to Optimize Your Cloud Service Model, addressed monitoring IOPS in the second point. Keeping a close watch on your IOPS can make or break the stability of your cloud environment.

6. Outline methods to prepare your current infrastructure for integration with your cloud environment

Put a plan in place for your team to follow as they are working through the implementation process. Create steps to achieve these goals so they are easy to follow in case there is a break in the team, for example the lead gets ill or someone goes on vacation. This is a way for you to mitigate risk and simplify your processes as you are on boarding this new equipment.

There are many advantages to implementing a cloud service model. Setting up effective communication between your team and your vendor ensures a smooth transition for your whole organization. Making efforts to prepare your IT for the implementation of a cloud service model will ensure that services are continually available for your end users. Identifying and addressing potential problems that may arise will reduce the amount of time associated to implement your cloud environment.

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