Success in the cloud:
Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
November 9, 2019
With thousands of customers deploying more and more applications on cloud platforms, cloud technologies have become increasingly more familiar to businesses. However, the path for successful cloud adoption can be bumpy for enterprises as it requires more than the typical technology deployment steps. Successful cloud adoption requires deeper and broader changes across an organization, including business plans and expectations alignment, process updates, and technical readiness.
In our work with customers, we’ve helped solve some common obstacles to the cloud journey, including proper cloud governance to control costs and ensure security, confusion on the right migration strategy to define a path to the cloud, and a lack of context on how to establish a Cloud Center of Excellence in their organization.
Today, we are announcing the general availability of new content within the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, including Innovate and Manage stages and new resources and assessments to help organizations wherever they are. It brings together best practices from Microsoft solution architects, partners, and customers into a comprehensive and curated set of tools, documentation, templates, and guidance that help organizations shape their cloud strategies, driving towards their desired business goals and outcomes.
Digital transformation is real and is here. We realize change takes time and real effort; it impacts people, culture, and business, and it can feel risky. It requires new disruptive thinking. It requires leaders to adapt, take risks, and learn quickly. It requires a culture and organization shift. And the Cloud Adoption Framework is here to help organizations navigate their respective and unique journeys, delivering on their business goals through the power of Azure.
How does it work?
Built with a modular approach, the Cloud Adoption Framework helps organizations breakdown their journey into discrete stages with clear guidance for business decision makers, cloud architects, and IT professionals to undertake their cloud journey with confidence and control, aligning business priorities and expected outcomes with technology changes and investments.
While each organization will have their own cloud journey to adopt the cloud, there are six main stages that hold true for most organizations: strategy, plan, ready, adopt, govern, and manage. Although the framework suggests a linear journey, reality shows it isn’t. It is an iterative and cyclical process, where organizations jump in and out of stages as they make progress or have new areas to address in their journey. If the organization is concerned with managing policies and staying compliant to industry regulations, then focus on establishing proper cloud governance to unblock and address those concerns. If the organization wants to review or define its own motivations for cloud adoption, then they will need to focus on the strategy and planning stages to establish a clear North Star for this change, and so forth.
Each stage of the framework focuses on specific aspects of the cloud journey, for each organization to address internally. Here is an overview of each stage:
Making the Cloud Adoption Framework actionable
Many customers and partners have been leveraging and contributing to this framework for a few months now. Partners, in particular, have found it very useful to help address their customers main blockers to cloud adoption, focusing on both the technical and business components.
Already, over 200 organizations have engaged with the framework, providing feedback, sharing best practices, and also learning new aspects to address open items in their journey. One of those is Dentsu Aegis Network, which wanted to enable teams across the world to leverage the power of Azure, in a controlled and secured matter.
All organizations can start leveraging the Cloud Adoption Framework to support their adoption journey today. Depending on your organization’s needs, there are a few options to get started:
For more information and to learn more about it, visit the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure page and for the best practices, guidance, and technical documentation, visit the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure documentation. Learn more about Microsoft migration resources and programs.