Posted by aionol | 08 JAN 2018

How To Measure Agility in the Cloud?

Most businesses come to cloud providers to take advantage of the cost savings of cloud computing. But they stay for the agility. Whilst cost savings, increased security, and possibilities for cloud driven innovation are of great value, the REAL benefit of migrating to the cloud is agility. But how do you measure agility in the cloud? […]

Most businesses come to cloud providers to take advantage of the cost savings of cloud computing. But they stay for the agility. Whilst cost savings, increased security, and possibilities for cloud driven innovation are of great value, the REAL benefit of migrating to the cloud is agility.

But how do you measure agility in the cloud?

Just wrapping your head around the concept of cloud-based agility can be difficult. Defining universal measures, methods and indicators to quantify the benefits of such agility leaves CIOs scratching their heads.

That’s because there is no one way to measure agility. As well, there are no universal indicators and measures. In the end how you measure agility will depend on the type of business you are running and the characteristics of your industry.

How To Measure Agility in the Cloud?

How To Measure Agility in the Cloud?

General Guidelines for Measuring Cloud-based Agility

Whilst not every metric is applicable for every business, there are some general guidelines that can help you to start tracking how agile your business is:

Compare how things are right now, how things will be with cloud computing, and what that means for your business.

For example, it once took you three months to get a workload up and running. With cloud computing and IaaS at your fingertips, it now takes you a couple of hours, maybe days to perform the same task. What does this increase in speed and the saving of time mean for your business? What is the value of this agility?

Be aware of the limitations that result from combining cloud and non-cloud systems.

You won’t move your entire business to the cloud in one go. In fact, most businesses prefer hybrid cloud solutions, so that part of the applications are functioning in the cloud, and a different part is still located in an in-house data center.

This complex relationship between cloud and non-cloud systems makes agility metrics difficult to track. You therefore need to be aware of these limitations when measuring the cloud-based agility of your business.

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