Develop a cloud adoption strategy

The cloud delivers fundamental technology benefits that can help your enterprise execute multiple business strategies. By using cloud-based approaches, you can improve business agility, reduce costs, accelerate time to market, and enable expansion into new markets. To take advantage of this great potential, start by documenting your business strategy in a way that's both understandable to cloud technicians and palatable to your business stakeholders.

The following steps can help you document your business strategy efficiently. This approach helps you drive adoption efforts that capture targeted business value in a cross-functional model. Then, you can map your cloud adoption strategy to specific cloud capabilities and business strategies to reach your desired state of transformation.


Define and document your motivations: Meet with key stakeholders and executives to document the motivations behind cloud adoption.


Document business outcomes: Engage motivated stakeholders and executives to document specific business outcomes.


Develop a business case: Develop a business case to validate the financial model that supports your motivations and outcomes.


Choose the right first project: Your first cloud adoption project will help align motivations with technical effort. This article can help you choose your first project wisely.

Use the cloud adoption plan template to build out your cloud adoption strategy, and to track the output of each of the steps outlined above.