Cloud migration will not be successful if it is an IT-driven exercise or priority.  Successful cloud migration only makes sense in the context of organizational-level change led by key leaders within an organization.  It must have a high-level executive sponsor, even if development and operations are the ones initiating and driving the migration effort.

An explicit goal or set of goals needs to be identified and quantified that details what the business can expect as a result of the migration effort. At a minimum, identify the business drivers for your cloud migration effort, and if multiple applications are to be migrated, the priorities.  Specific goals are better, and reduce the risk of failure, but may need to be adjusted once you’ve assessed your applications the best candidates for your first efforts.  Plan for a second plan adjustment after your first cloud migration deployments, so that you can incorporate what you’ve learned into the plan.

Here’s an example of a flawed goal set – Don’t settle for one of these:

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What’s missing from this initial plan?  Not just measurable goals for “cost savings”, but also some gauge of the scope of savings expected (was the executive sponsor thinking 20%?  2%? 80%?), and the priorities of what is most important for your organization.  With this assessment, it isn’t clear whether it is more important to implement the offering that enables a new business model, or whether delivering cost savings is a higher priority. Nor are there clear dates and time frames for deliverable

Let’s take another cut at this goal set.

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In this second assessment, there are measurable goals and priorities, as well as specific target dates and time frames.  This goal set allows for planning, budgeting, and setting your cloud migration strategy as the next step.

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