How does Cloud Maturity Model improve Cloud compatibility?

Based on RightScale’s 2023 Report, 92 % of decision makers believe that cloud maturity plays a critical role on their digital transformation journey. 

With Cloud computing gaining momentum across industries globally, more and more companies are leveraging Cloud Maturity model to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. According to Cloudability’s 2023 Cloud Migration Report, 65% of these companies implement the model to improve security while 58% of them are focused on optimising cloud costs. 

But, first let’s discuss what the Cloud Maturity Model is. 

What is the Cloud Maturity Model?

Cloud Maturity Maturity Model is a process organisations can use to determine where they are on their Cloud journey. Essentially, it allows them to evaluate their level of Cloud readiness, identifies the next steps the organisation should take to achieve their long-term goals and improve cloud security based on how much infrastructure it has in the Cloud. The ultimate value this tool brings is the ability to develop an effective Cloud migration strategy and enhance Cloud compatibility overall. 

What are the benefits of Cloud Maturity Model?

As stated above, one of the biggest advantages of this model is that it allows companies to determine the stage of cloud maturity they are at and, based on the input, determine the goals and the strategy to migrate to cloud-based solutions with success. Here are some of the most important benefits of this model:

  • Defining the effective Cloud strategy and key objectives
  • Implementing best practices, assessing risks and preparing for the upcoming challenges that emerge during cloud adoption 
  • Improving operational and application performance 
  • Enhancing communication between key stakeholders and nurturing efficient planning 
  • Establishing maturity levels for the implementation of cloud-based use cases 
  • Ensuring a faster and safer adoption of Cloud-based technologies

What are the key stages of the Cloud Maturity Model?

Stage 1- Project 

At the first stage, organisations are only evaluating their current state, devising plans, analysing the resources they have and they would need and getting started with their digital initiatives. At this point it is important to raise awareness of the values Cloud journey brings to the organisation and educate the staff so that they would get their support during the process. The organisation will also have to allocate the funds and start making purchases. 

Stage 2 – Foundation 

Once the organization identifies the resources and start the initiative, they should build a clear goals roadmap and initiate the process of moving to the Cloud. The challenges that rise during the execution should be resolved as they advance. The management may find it difficult to adapt to the challenges and changes. The teams should define the specifics and prepare extra resources to fix any necessary last-minute issues. 

Stage 3 – Migration 

Once the organisation has devised an effective plan on how to conduct the entire process, migration to the Cloud is the next logical step. During this phase all the apps are transitioned to the Cloud and the entire infrastructure is fully migrated to the cloud-based environment. 

Stage 4 – Optimisation 

After the migration has been conducted successfully, the organisation initiates the ongoing cycle in which teams ensure continuous Cloud infrastructure optimisation allowing the organisation to optimise the cloud costs and enhance customer experience and satisfaction. 

How do you assess your cloud readiness and maturity level?

Define your goals and strategy

To be able to define clear goals and strategy, you need to have a clear vision why you need to use Cloud services and determine which cloud deployment model (public, private or hybrid) and service model (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS) meets your business needs. 

Evaluate your current state 

The next step is to identify where you are on your Cloud journey and where you want to be. To do this, you can use various tools that would help you conduct your technical, and operational readiness across security, skills, compliance, processes, infrastructure and culture. 

Determine your Cloud readiness level

The above-mentioned assessment helps you determine your Cloud maturity level which reflects how well you are using your Cloud services and helps you identify the areas that need improvement. 

Plan your Cloud migration 

Once you have defined the Cloud Maturity level you can start with planning the cloud migration. This includes moving your apps and data to the Cloud and optimising them for Cloud scalability and performance. 

Implement best practices 

When you finish planning Cloud migration, you can start implementing best practices for implementing cloud solutions which include monitoring, deploying, and managing Cloud resources. DevOps methodology plays an important role here. Finally, you should make sure your Cloud solutions comply with the right set of relevant standards and regulations. 

Assess and enhance your Cloud performance

Finally, you should leverage the right metrics to evaluate and enhance your cloud performance and outcomes. This includes measuring, and optimising your Cloud impact and overall results. Customers’ and stakeholders’ feedback is a critical part of this assessment as this can help you navigate your Cloud journey in future. 

What are the key stages of Cloud Maturity?

How does Cloud Maturity Model improve Cloud compatibility?

Understanding where your organization is on its Cloud journey helps you move forward and capitalise on the full Cloud value. Here are some of the key stages of Cloud Maturity. 

Maturity Level 0

At this stage, the company is yet not fully prepared for the Cloud. It till relies on on-premise or traditional infrastructure. 

Maturity Level 1 

The organisation has explored all the potential of the cloud but has not yet defined the processes. 

Maturity level 2

The processes of moving to the Cloud are defined but they are not used across the entire organisation yet. Instead, they are used only when a new solution is required. 

Maturity level 3 

The organisation is employing a documented approach across the workplace and all activities are systematic and consistent. 

Maturity level 4 

At this level, the organisation is fully operating on Cloud and monitoring it for further improvement. 

Maturity level 5 

Based on the available data, the organisation can now manage the cloud efficiently and make enhancements on a regular basis. 

Where are you on your Cloud Journey? 

Where are you on your Cloud journey and what is the solution that works for your business? Deployflow can help you determine your Cloud’s readiness and the steps you should take to fill in the gaps and develop new competencies. Our Cloud Maturity Assessment is just what you need to define your roadmap to Cloud maturity. Stay tuned! 


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Published on January 10, 2024