The cloud is complicated. Cloud providers make it seem cheap and easy but it represents a big shift in thinking, skills, process and cost. It is easy to get in but difficult to get right. With some careful planning, the cloud can solve a lot of problems in the enterprise. You can get all the benefits of the cloud while keeping the business and IT happy. Keep what works and use the cloud to improve where you can. Harnessing the cloud requires planning, solid commercial grounding, reform projects and management of cloud services. The goal is to get all the advantages while avoiding the pitfalls.
cloudstep® has been developed to help CxO's, IT Managers and Finance professionals grapple with an understand the cashflow and operational benefits that public cloud can provide. cloudstep® is the "financial lens" across your ICT operation allowing you to make informed decisions that reflect your reality, not a vendor's assumptions.
You can't implement change without the business case. The business expects you to do more with an ever-decreasing budget. Parts of the IT landscape work well and others need modernisation and improvement. You first need to understand the costs and capabilities as they stand. Once you have a better understanding of where you are you can start looking at scenarios for reforms.
It is one thing to understand where you are, where you want to go and how you pay for it. It is quite another to make the leap. cloudstep® assists in working through this change process by scheduling reforms operationally and financially. Through standards based recipes and patterns, cloudstep® can take applications or workloads and help migrate them to the public cloud in a manageable way.
Once an application has been transitioned to the cloud it needs to be managed. The whole lifecycle needs to be respected. There are projects to transition in and projects for the decommissioning or refresh. cloudstep® can assist with the management of public cloud environments built during the transition phase. This includes operational and cost management.