We all know the old adage with real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. Well, when it comes to moving anything and possibly “E”verything to the cloud, as the experience with healthcare.gov has highlighted, there is no substitute to running a pilot implementation and doing extensive testing of all aspects of your project to assure you get the bugs out before mass deployment.
However, as with most things that we test you never want to be in a position of “garbage in yields garbage out.” Hence, even when running a pilot program you need to be running one that is well-planned, executed and documented so fine-tuning provides a level of assurance that what you are attempting will meet or exceed expectations when massively deployed.
To put it more succinctly, as cloud financial management solutions provider Cloud Cruiser says, “Hope is NOT a strategy for cloud.” In other words, having a well-designed cloud pilot – one that helps you accurately evaluate your enterprise cloud strategy, close knowledge gaps, and refine your plan for deployment – is critical.
The question that arises is how can you create that well-designed pilot?
A great way to wind out is by participating in the third of Cloud Cruiser’s ‘Confidence in the Cloud’ series, which provides practical guidelines for each phase of the enterprise cloud adoption lifecycle. Titled, “Pilot Testing Your Cloud Strategy,” and being held Wednesday April 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT, you are invited to join Fraser McKay, VP of Products, and Penny Collen, Senior Financial Solutions Architect, Cloud Cruiser, as they literally pilot you to getting the best out of the pilot you should be doing as you evaluate when, what, where, why, when and how to migrate to the cloud.
Topics to be addressed include:
- How to set success criteria for your cloud pilot
- How to instrument your pilot to measure against those success criteria
- How to monitor and project demand for the IT Service that you are providing in the cloud
- How to assign cost savings and controls to your cloud pilot
Not only will you obtain valuable insights from the presentation, but you will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered during the live Q&A session.
This is an instance where knowledge really is power. Cloud Cruiser’s solutions are architected for hybrid IT, and do the following: automates the collection and aggregation of IT costs and revenue across any public cloud, private cloud or traditional IT environment; and delivers clear, actionable cloud financial intelligence via self-service, pay-as-you-go cloud billing, hybrid IT showback and chargeback, granular P&L analytics, proactive cost controls, and agile pricing models.
The deliverable of a great pilot is creating a path forward where there are no surprises, including and possibly most importantly financial ones. Cloud Cruiser’s expertise is in helping customers track and manage their IT P&L in the new cloud economy. The company’s sophisticated financial management platform goes well beyond simple cloud cost control to enable intelligent management across multiple clouds, vendors and environments.
If so are looking to migrate some or all of your IT capabilities to the cloud a great first step is in making sure you pilot and that the pilot is designed to get you where you want and need to go.
Edited by Alisen Downey