Best Practices

Keeping Your Cloud Transformation Moving Forward


Cloud transformations are often referred to as “journeys,” with starting points and reasonably well-defined destinations. They begin with assessments, plans, foundational initiatives and workload migrations. The journeys do not officially have an endpoint, but successful ones do eventually arrive at a place where organizations fully embrace automation, and follow a right mix approach, where cloud […]

Developing Your Own ‘Cloud Native Manifesto’


The term “cloud native” gets tossed around a lot these days – particularly inside organizations that are just getting started on their cloud journeys. Stakeholders, after all, want to embrace the cloud for all it has to offer. The idea that cloud could be embedded – natively – in the organization’s DNA, and extend out […]

Best Practices for Managing Spend in the Cloud


Depending on which sources you read, you may have expected your cloud program to generate IT cost reductions of 40 percent to 50 percent, and have been disappointed to achieve savings far less than that.[1] Gartner sees organizations reporting saving an average of 16 percent by moving to public cloud, but, generally speaking, higher cost […]

CIOps vs. GitOps: What’s the Difference?


While CI/CD has become synonymous with application deployments, end-to-end CI/CD for infrastructure is fragmented and challenging for many enterprises. The pace of adopting a DevOps culture within the developer community seems more agile than within infrastructure operations, as developers reap immediate benefits, with unit testing and containerization significantly reducing bugs and time to market. Standards […]

The Hub-and-Spoke Model Is Evolving to Enable Cloud Innovations at Scale


Here is a challenge. How do you connect the simplest version of a secure public cloud environment that exercises an organization’s muscles, demonstrates the viability of cloud services, and engages all necessary stakeholders? Some might recognize this description as the methodology for our Minimum Viable Cloud (MVC). The simplest way to connect resources in such […]