Five Key Takeaways For Successful Cloud Maturity

Working on improving your cloud maturity looks different for everyone. Some organizations could just be starting out and focused on increasing visibility into their cloud environment, while others may be farther down the road building automated governance policies. No matter where you are in your cloud journey, here are some cloud tips to take your cloud maturity to the next level. 

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1. Start with a formal or informal Cloud Center of Excellence

As the saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work. There should be a team of people whose primary goal is to help drive the cloud further towards maturity. This team could be an informal group of people from your organization who share their everyday cloud tips and tricks with others or a more formalized group of departmental leaders that meet regularly to determine organizational-wide cloud policies and strategies.  Whatever the size and scope of the team, everyone should be working together to improve processes cross-functionally. 

2. Keep your “eyes on the prize”

In order to benchmark your cloud maturity, it's important to take a step back and understand why you migrated to the cloud in the first place. Keep these goals in mind to ensure that as you’re building out your cloud management practices, you’re continuing to align your work with these objectives. For example, if you adopted the cloud initially to improve agility, flexibility, and innovation, be careful of any cloud management practices that might get in the way of developer productivity or slow down velocity. 

3. Benchmark against peers

When following an established maturity model framework, you can use it to compare your progress to other organizations in your sector or industry. This benchmarking can also allow you to learn from your peers on ways to improve your cloud maturity. Joining industry communities or discussion groups can allow you to compare notes and learn best practices from others on a similar cloud journey. 

4. Establish KPIs early and measure results consistently 

Knowing what goals you set at the start of your cloud journey will help you know what KPIs to establish. Each step of your cloud maturity journey will add a new set of KPIs to track as your cloud develops. Keeping track of these KPIs over time and benchmarking against yourself can help show which actions are having the greatest impact. 

5. Don’t be afraid to break down silos 

In order to be successful in the cloud, having a strong team of people working cross-functionally is key. This means breaking down silos and having teams like IT and Finance, who may have never worked together before, learn to communicate and collaborate on shared tasks.. Giving teams time to understand each other's goals before embarking on a new cloud project (e.g. building a new governance policy)  will help avoid friction between team members. 

If you want to learn more about KPI suggestions, the phases of multicloud maturity, and additional tips, check out our ebook “Benchmark Your Cloud Maturity: A Framework for Best Practices”.