Cloud Migration Checklist: 5 Elements to Connect Your Business Goals

16 Feb 2021

by Ruth Rostrup

Wherever your organization is on its cloud migration journey, this checklist will help you answer the most critical question business leaders face in their application modernization process: Is my cloud strategy connected to (and actually delivering on) my business goals?

Application modernization developments and requirements are moving fast. While the move to the cloud has been a critical part of cost-saving initiatives in years past, most are now looking to their cloud strategies to enable their go-to-market and customer-centric business strategies. 

This Cloud migration checklist will take you through the 5 critical elements of confidently ensuring that your Cloud strategy doesn’t live in isolation but as an interconnected part of realizing your business goals.

1. Start With a Future-Ready Approach to Application Portfolio Management

What is Application Portfolio Management? A systematic process to engage, drive change and build dynamic, actionable roadmaps of your IT portfolio that scale using Enterprise Architecture.

The cornerstone to all digital transformation projects, a mature approach to application rationalization and management will help you to:

🚀Gain a comprehensive overview of all your applications and who owns them
🚀Know where you can save money but also where you can invest as you migrate to the cloud
🚀Manage the impact and risk as you rationalize and modernize
🚀Assess what is cloud-ready and, crucially, what is “cloud-optimal”


While most businesses on their cloud migration journey are doing some of this (with a range of confidence), digitally-forward organizations understand that the critical factors lie in how their application management efforts can scale and connect to the rest of the business.

A mature approach harnesses automation, collaboration, and flexibility to your architecture. So you spend less time managing complex data and more time engaging with stakeholders across the organization and connecting insight and roadmaps to important business goals.
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2. Add People and Capabilities to the Picture

To connect your cloud migration journey to the rest of the business, we need to step away from seeing our application portfolio as an isolated function of the organization - And understand who and what each application is connected to.

Business Capability Modeling in Ardoq allows you to:

🚀Know the full capability model of your organization
🚀Understand the level of maturity (and differentiation) of your capabilities
🚀See how capabilities will be implemented and which are at risk within your cloud strategy
🚀Know the potential cost and complexity in terms of my capabilities when migrating to the cloud (or any other digital transformation project)


Data-driven and flexible Enterprise Architecture tooling now allows you to get this insight at scale and at speed, in a way that’s easy to communicate across the organization. Being able to instantly map your capabilities, integrating with the information sources you already have, and turning those into automated visualizations will help you turn the complex spaghetti monster of your organization into the actionable roadmap you need to deliver.

A capability perspective gives your cloud journey business context and allows you to move complete capabilities to the cloud in unison, instead of sporadically modernizing potentially low impact applications.

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3. Understand and Connect With Multiple Perspectives Across the Business

An interconnected cloud strategy means a collaborative approach to your architecture that engages the right people at the right time, across the whole business.

Throughout each step of your cloud migration journey, you need to be able to:

🚀Ensure you have the most accurate data 
🚀Understand the who, what, where, and how of all your applications
🚀Align with key business goals beyond the IT organization (using context-driven visualizations that make sense of the complexity). 


Critically though, it’s also about feeding back the relevancy and insight of your cloud migration process to all your key stakeholders, with their perspective in mind. This is what will turn your strategy from an isolated project to an interconnected value driver that the whole organization can understand.

To achieve this, you need to be able to integrate your communication and data-collection efforts seamlessly with your architecture roadmapping. 

Engagement-focused tools like Ardoq give you agile and automated governance workflows so you can make decisions based on data you can trust.

With Ardoq, you also have the power of automated, dynamic visualizations that are easy to embed and share where your colleagues already are.

4. Collaborate on and Compare Multiple Future Roadmaps

So, you’ve got your IT portfolio, people, and capabilities (and potentially all of your processes) mapped out, and you’re starting to measure the real impact of your cloud migration roadmap on some of your most important business goals.

But what about knowing how your cloud strategy will impact the business goals in the future?

If the last two years have taught business leaders anything, it’s that we can’t predict the future. But now we have the tooling to help us plan and prepare with more data-driven confidence than we’ve ever had before.

Scenarios in Ardoq allows you to quickly create, compare, and simulate the impact of change based on data and market-leading collaboration.

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As you manage your cloud strategy, you can branch multiple roadmaps at scale with full analytical support for cost, complexity, and time. This means you can make decisions at speed and plan in sync with your ever-changing organization.

5. Be Ready to Scale With Flexibility and Automation

Cloud migration is a journey, not a one-time checkpoint on your modernization checklist. And your handle on and utilization of your interconnected cloud infrastructure needs to be able to scale and mature alongside your ever-changing business goals.

Sounds obvious, sure, but which tooling and approach you decide to use to manage this journey is what will determine how agile and future-ready your organization will be.

Tooling that allows you to answer:

🔍How can I easily add more business layers and relationships to this picture?
🔍How can I connect and understand how migrating to the cloud impacts everything from processes, to people, to strategies and more?
🔍How can I keep my data as relevant and up to date as possible, quickly and confidently, within an organization and industry that’s constantly in flux?
🔍How can I easily integrate the data, tooling, and communication platforms we already have?
🔍How can we spend less time managing data and more time planning and preparing for multiple futures?


These are the questions other digitally-forward businesses are asking now that they’re on their way with their cloud migration journey.

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Cloud Migration Checklist Summary

🔑1. Nail the foundations & be ready to scale: With a future-ready approach to APM

🔑2. Understand exactly what and who each application is connected to: By connecting people and capabilities BCM

🔑3. Connect with and align on goals with the rest of the business: With engagement-focused Enterprise Architecture tools.

🔑 4. Prepare for multiple potential scenarios: By branching your roadmaps with Scenarios.

🔑 5. Prepare to scale: With the most flexible and visionary Enterprise Architecture tool in the industry.

Curious to see how Ardoq is helping them answer all for these questions and more?

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Ruth Rostrup

Ruth is an independent UX writer. Originally from England, she's spent the last several years building a name for herself in Oslo as a no-BS words nerd and advocate for delightful customer journeys.

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