The Cloud Computing Playbook

Analyst Report

What You Need to Know, Consider, & Plan for Before Making the Move

While moving to the cloud can have tremendous benefits for companies, it’s important to plan before making the leap, in order to avoid costly mistakes.

This November 2016 Forrester Research report, Justify Your Hybrid Cloud Future with a Solid Business Case, lays out how to make your business argument for cloud. It also tells you how to identify which apps are a good fit for the three major cloud deployment options, and how to include the most important elements in your business case for each option.

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Excerpts from the Report

Cloud Promises Agility, Flexibility, And Savings, But Are The Savings Really There?

Cloud remains a top priority for I&O professionals in 2016, but many question whether the savings are real. Public cloud platforms, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and managed cloud services can be cheaper than on-premises infrastructure for some apps and workloads today, but do your homework, as the economics change frequently.

Infrastructure Cost Savings Are Only One Part Of Your Cloud Business Case

You can’t easily make apples-to-apples cost comparisons between running apps on-premises and on a cloud platform, as a SaaS subscription, or with a managed cloud service provider. Your business case must include not only capital infrastructure savings but also operational cost benefits such as developer productivity and faster time-to-market.

Observe The Peculiarities Of Different Cloud Models

Dynamics of the business case will vary across infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and SaaS. The scalability afforded by IaaS isn’t a primary selling point for SaaS, yet both models enhance corporate agility. Your business case must accommodate these differences. This report outlines costs, benefits, and risks for all three major cloud options.

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