Best Practices for Cloud Computing Adoption
The adoption of cloud computing is best characterized as a journey that occurs over time and in stages. IDC research proposes five stages of cloud maturity: Ad Hoc, Opportunistic, Repeatable, Managed, and Optimized. Each stage requires greater investment — not just from IT but from line-of-business (LOB) budgets throughout the organization — and offers, in turn, increasing value. Based on the intensity of business drivers for cloud, organizations can advance to successive levels of cloud maturity at their own pace.