Strategies for Migrating to the Cloud

On January 29, 2013 IT Leaders gathered at the OMICRON Interchange to discuss ‘Strategies for Migrating to the Cloud’ CDC IT leaders led the discussion. They began by laying out definitions and assumptions – what it is and isn’t. They examined the recent and forecasted trends and commented on what the analysts are saying.

They then discussed CDC’s strategies for adopting the cloud including planning, control and challenges. They covered security issues and how government and private industry are addressing them. They discussed the appropriate times to use Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, how to develop on the cloud, performance and quality.

IT Leaders from Randstad, SITA, Lend Lease, Federal Home Loan Bank, Silverpop, Boys and Girls Club of America and Wells Real Estate Funds engaged in discussion with the CDC presenters on how they are addressing issues in migrating to the cloud.

Key takeaways included:

• Federal government agencies are a good source for insight and advice due to the ‘cloud first’ mandate aimed at reducing the data center foot print, power consumption and operational efficiency.
• Inside counsel typically is not versed in the intricacies in contracting cloud services. IT organizations should consider hiring outside counsel to ensue all bases are covered.
• Migrating legacy apps to the cloud creates a difficult set of challenges due to the need to interface with applications behind the firewall
• IT must re-invent itself as a service broker to the business due to the perceived ease at which business units can leverage cloud services without IT assistance.
o Need to evaluate the business goals that cloud will serve with the goal of meeting business needs while mitigating risks.
o Measure business value delivered, bandwidth, etc. track performance, security exposure.
• Cloud Brokers are the next wave of IT service providers. They are especially needed when companies are contracting with multiple Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

This peer-to-peer information sharing interchange was attended by OMICRON members focused on learning from the experiences of their peers. Fourteen to sixteen interchanges are held each year. Each is professionally facilitated in a candid, vendor fee environment. The topics are selected by the OMICRON board composed of the top IT executive from each member organization. The number of participants is limited to 15 to allow all to talk. For more information visit the OMICRON website at www.OMICRON.edu .

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