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To take charge of your cloud strategy, get your finances in order first

IMG_1614-Edit_SML.jpgSo you have decided to embark on a cloud strategy? Great! Like many IT leaders, you are looking into public cloud, private cloud or maybe both. Often the driver for the move to cloud is to increase business and development agility as well as to accelerate the time-to-market for new or improved business capabilities. Maybe the driver is the desire to be more efficient with the infrastructure that you already own. Stewardship is a good motive. However, increasingly, we are seeing cloud strategies being initiated to reduce cost or limit future growth of IT capital expenditure.

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Your adoption strategy can make or break your private cloud: Here are 3 ways to get it right

keithmacbeath.jpgBy KeithMacbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services



In my last post I wrote about the huge potential benefits that organizations can reap from adopting some form of cloud delivery. But you don’t see these benefits if you do cloud as an isolated science project. Many organizations spend a lot of time thinking about their cloud production model and ignore the other aspect: adoption.


There’s a high risk that if you don’t think carefully about adoption you will end up spending a huge amount on an environment that then gets lightly used. When that happens your CFO will say, “You told me cloud would radically improve our cost structure, but your costs have only gone up! What is going on here?”


Well that’s because if you create this fabulous private cloud or managed cloud that you’re paying for but it’s not widely used, then it won’t move the dial at all on your total financial numbers. So your challenge is not just to stand it up but to get it used. It’s not just production, it’s adoption. Here are three successful models we’re seeing with our customers.


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