Gartner Sights Common Cloud Strategy Mistakes
November 21, 2022
Cloud Strategy Must Coexist with Other Strategic Efforts
cloud strategy is a concise viewpoint on the role of cloud
computing in the organization. However, business and IT leaders
continue to make 10 common mistakes when crafting their cloud
strategy, according to Gartner, Inc.
“A good cloud strategy should be a short and consumable
document, consisting of 10 to 20 pages or slides,” said
Marco Meinardi, Vice President Analyst at Gartner. “In addition, the
business strategy should drive the cloud strategy and provide
guidance to those who will implement it. It must coexist with
other strategic efforts, not try to redo them.”
Marco Meinardi, Vice President Analyst at Gartner explained how
to avoid making the same mistakes while developing a cloud
Business and IT leaders should collaboratively build a cloud
strategy and avoid the following 10 mistakes when building their
1. Assuming It’s an IT (Only) Strategy
Cloud computing isn’t only about technology. Those outside IT
have skills and knowledge critical to cloud strategy success.
“Business and IT leaders should avoid the mistake of devising an
IT-centric strategy and then trying to “sell it” to the rest of
the business,” said Meinardi. “Business and IT should be equal
partners in the definition of the cloud strategy.”
2. Not Having an Exit Strategy
Devising an exit strategy from cloud providers is difficult,
which is one of the reasons why many leaders don’t create one.
Many organizations believe they don’t need an exit strategy
because they don’t expect to bring anything back from the cloud.
However, an exit strategy is vital to the success of an
organization’s cloud strategy. “It’s like having an insurance
policy in your drawer, that you hopefully will never need to
use,” said Meinardi.
3. Combining or Confusing a Cloud Strategy with a Cloud
A cloud strategy is different from a cloud implementation plan
and a cloud strategy must come first. It is the decision phase
in which business and IT leaders decide the role that cloud
computing will play in the organization. A cloud implementation
plan comes next, putting the cloud strategy into effect.
4. Believing It’s Too Late to Devise a Cloud Strategy
It is never too late to begin a cloud strategy. “If
organizations drive cloud adoption without a strategy this will
ultimately cause resistance from individuals who are not aligned
on the strategy’s key drivers and principles,” said Meinardi.
“As a result, this resistance will slow down cloud adoption and
potentially jeopardize the entire cloud project.”
5. Equating a Cloud Strategy with “We’re Moving Everything to
Many organizations assume that having a cloud strategy implies
moving everything to the cloud. “This approach deters many
business and IT leaders from devising a strategy because they
think it means they’ll be forced to start using cloud computing
for everything,” said Meinardi. “Organizations should keep an
open mind and partner with a non-cloud technology expert, such
as an enterprise architect, who can bring a broad viewpoint in
the definition of your cloud strategy.”
6. Saying “Our Cloud Strategy Is Our Data Center Strategy”
Many organizations confuse their cloud strategy with their data
center strategy. While organizations need to keep them separate,
they need to ensure they align with each other because that
affects the role that cloud computing will play in their
organization. “Cloud strategy decisions are workload by
workload, not data center decisions,” said Meinardi.
7. Believing That an Executive Mandate Is a Strategy
Another common mistake that organizations make is to adopt cloud
computing because the CEO, CIO or the head of a business unit
believes that doing so will result in cost savings. Gartner
analysts recommend treating executive mandates as sponsorship to
devise a cloud strategy and not as a cloud strategy in and of
itself. The cloud strategy should also keep the connection to
the business, ensuring that organizations know why workloads are
moving and what the goal is.
8. Believing That Being a <Fill in Vendor> Shop Means That Is
the Cloud Strategy
Organizations will likely use several different cloud services
over time. As the use of cloud services could become
increasingly broad and diverse, business and IT leaders should
devise a broad strategy by accommodating multiple types of
scenarios, cloud services, vendors and non-cloud environments.
9. Outsourcing Development of Your Cloud Strategy
an organization’s cloud strategy may sound attractive, but
should not be done – it is far too important to outsource.
Instead, Gartner analysts recommend that business and IT leaders
use third parties — even the cloud provider — for
implementation. This can be a cost-effective way of procuring
the scarce cloud skills their organization needs.
10. Saying “Our Strategy Is Cloud First” Is the Entire Cloud
A cloud-first approach means that if someone asks for an
investment, the default place for them to build or place the new
asset is in the public cloud. “But cloud-first doesn’t mean
cloud only. If business and IT leaders adopt a cloud-first
principle, their strategy should work out the exceptions to the
default choice that will make applications and elsewhere other
than in the cloud,” said Meinardi.
Akshay Sharma, CTO, Kovair Software, and
former Gartner Analyst, “We agree with the Gartner
findings, that cloud strategy must coexist with all other
strategic efforts, like M&A IT, to Digital Transformation, with
Innovative Service Creation, and Solutions Productization. We
see a cloud-native infrastructure as critical to the success of
building a strategic M&A IT Digital Transformation strategy, and
virtualized core network, with Pay-as-a-you-Grow Industry4.0
Applications enablement. Newer iPaaS: integration Platform as a
Service, from vendors like Kovair providing applications
integration to newer Value Stream Management and Delivery will
need solutions from Kovair supporting Project and Portfolio
Management to define the department people, projects, tasks,
workflows, etc., and with DevSecOps, or ALM all supported by IT
teams doing any development on prem or to the cloud.”