Moving into the cloud

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There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.

Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, 1874–1965

As we have seen in the preceding chapters, cloud computing has the potential to quickly address many business requirements for IT systems without significant capital expenditure. So should you pick a public cloud and move all your business processes into it without delay; move in gradually, taking advantage of cloud technologies without disrupting your business too much; replicate cloud technologies internally; or stick with what you have now? This chapter will suggest a five-step process for moving your business into the cloud, covering the following steps in turn:

  1. Investigation
  2. Evaluation
  3. Decision
  4. Implementation
  5. Iteration