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Mastering Cloud Management: A Key Element of the Cloud Adoption Framework

by Spanish Point - Oct 5, 2023

Embracing cloud technology is not merely a one-time decision; it’s an ongoing journey that involves careful planning, continuous readiness, and steadfast adoption. However, the true value of cloud adoption becomes apparent when digital assets are not just implemented but also effectively managed over time. Without a well-thought-out strategy for managing your cloud solutions, all the planning and adoption efforts may yield limited business outcomes. Spanish Point can help you embrace the crucial aspect of cloud management within the Cloud Adoption Framework: offering insights and exercises to empower your cloud journey.

Getting Started: Setting the Stage for Cloud Management

To prepare for this phase of the cloud adoption lifecycle, Microsoft’s Framework and Spanish Point recommend a series of exercises designed to align your cloud management strategy with your business objectives:

  1. Define Business Commitments: Begin by documenting the supported workloads to establish operational commitments with your business stakeholders. This step involves reaching an agreement on cloud management investments for each workload, ensuring that they align with business goals.
  2. Establish a Management Baseline: Next, define criticality classifications, select appropriate cloud management tools, and outline the necessary processes required to meet the minimum commitment for effective operations management.
  3. Expand the Management Baseline: Building on your business commitments and operational decisions, utilise best practices to implement the required cloud management tooling. This step ensures that your cloud environment is equipped with the tools and processes necessary for efficient management.
  4. Advanced Operations and Design Principles: For platforms or workloads that demand a higher level of business commitment, consider a deeper architecture review. This review focuses on delivering resiliency and reliability commitments, ensuring robust cloud operations.

The Manage Methodology: Tailoring Cloud Management

The Cloud Adoption Framework acknowledges that not all workloads are equally critical to an organisation’s operations. Workloads vary in terms of their operational management needs. To bridge this gap, businesses can use the “Manage” methodology to align management costs and processes with the actual business impact.

The “Manage” section of the Cloud Adoption Framework serves a dual purpose:

  1. Providing Examples: It offers practical, real-world examples of operational management approaches that are commonly encountered by customers, making it easier to understand and apply.
  2. Customisation: It enables businesses to create personalised management solutions based on their unique business commitments, ensuring that cloud management aligns precisely with their needs.

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Audience and Impact: Bridging the Gap

The content within the Cloud Adoption Framework impacts various facets of an organisation, including its business strategies, technological infrastructure, and corporate culture. This section of the framework interacts extensively with IT operations, IT governance, finance, line-of-business leaders, networking, identity, and cloud adoption teams. Given the diverse dependencies on these personnel, effective facilitation and collaboration are vital, and this engagement is often a continuous effort that Spanish Point can help you with.

Developing a Robust Cloud Operations Strategy

Cloud management is a pivotal aspect of the Cloud Adoption Framework. It bridges the gap between cloud adoption planning and ongoing operational success. With Spanish Point guiding you to dothe right exercises and approaches, organisations can confidently embrace cloud management, ensuring that their cloud solutions continue to deliver tangible business value in the long run. This section empowers cloud architects to navigate this complex landscape, fostering business transformation through effective cloud management.