The Cloud Opportunity Assessment is part of our Planning Phase of our Service Methodology. It is based on the information discovered in our Cloud Strategy Workshop or similar information obtained by another means. The primary function of the Cloud Opportunity Assessment is to match technical requirements to business requirements.
The exact length of a particular Cloud Opportunity Assessment depends on the complexity of the environment. We estimate that length based on the information available from the Strategy Workshop or other sources along with a scoping call prior to submitting a bid for the engagement. Typically a Cloud Opportunity Assessment requires two or three days on site plus time spent remotely analyzing the results and preparing the final report.
The Cloud Opportunity Assessment is an onsite consulting engagement designed to identify specific solutions within the Cloud that will provide benefit to your organization and identify potential Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) that will be able to satisfy the solution’s requirements. The Opportunity Assessment will also identify the set of workloads potentially suitable for moving to the Cloud. It provides a weighted review of potential CSPs that helps match and rank potential CSPs that satisfy the future business and technical requirements for the identified workloads.
The objectives of this assessment service are:
Prior to the actual on-site visit, Purposeful Clouds collects any existing information. This could be the Cloud Strategy and Workshop Report from a Cloud Strategy Workshop, or equivalent information collected by other means. If this information is not already available, that will impact the required length of the Readiness Assessment engagement.
We also hold a Kick-off Call to establish the roles and responsibilities, logistics, schedules and high-level goals for the on-site visit.
The on-site session usually starts with:
The majority of the on-site visit is spent in small groups capturing the required information. Each mid-afternoon we have a quick review of what has been covered, what needs to be covered, and list any data collection issues so they can get addressed.
After the on-site visit, we analyze the information provided and prepare the deliverables. We may have a few specific questions which we will ask via a scheduled conference call.
This brief executive-level report covers the scope, approach, high-level findings and recommendations identified during the Assessment Service for the benefit of your senior management.
This comprehensive report has detail from the Assessment Service including:
We deliver a summary presentation highlighting the findings of the Assessment Service in a 1-2 hour on-line meeting usually about two weeks after the on-site visit.
An essential and usual next step after a Cloud Opportunity Assessment is a Cloud Readiness Assessment Service to determine the actual implementation plan to move the selected workloads to the Cloud. We may also recommend a Cloud Security and Compliance Assessment Service based on the level of data security requirements. If appropriate, we may additionally recommend a training program tailored to your specific needs from the Purposeful Clouds Academy.