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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By : Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey
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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By: Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey

Overview of this book

You've heard about the benefits of the cloud and you want to get on board, but you’re not sure where to start, what services to use, or how to make sure your data is safe. Making the decision to move to the cloud can be daunting and it's easy to get overwhelmed, but if you're not careful, you can easily make mistakes that cost you time and money. Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook is here to help. This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of making the switch to the Microsoft Azure cloud. You’ll learn everything from foundational cloud concepts and planning workload migration through to upskilling and organization transformation. As you advance, you’ll find out how to identify and align your business goals with the most suitable cloud technology options available. The chapters are designed in a way to enable you to plan for a smooth transition, while minimizing disruption to your day-to-day operations. You’ll also discover how the cloud can help drive innovation in your business or enable modern software development practices such as microservices and CI/CD. Throughout the chapters, you’ll see how decision makers can interact with other internal stakeholders to achieve success through the power of collaboration. By the end of this book, you’ll be more informed and less overwhelmed about moving your business to the cloud.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: The Why
Part 2: The Plan
Part 3: The Execution and Iteration

Why do we need a strategy?

Well, to start, any project needs (well, is usually given) a set of goals or objectives. At a minimum, this is what you need to achieve. This is what you, your team, and your entire cloud journey will be measured on. So, you had best be clear on what the goals are.

Do yourself a favor (you’ll thank us) and aim for achievable and measurable goals. Don’t try to disrupt the industry or revolutionize your client’s experience – the cloud alone will not do that. Plus, how do you measure a revolution anyway? Usually, after the history books are written and frankly, you can’t wait for that!

Goals that focus on cost, performance, reliability, and scalability are great – you can measure all these, though it’s not very sexy. Cultural transformation goals, such as enabling greater agility, are trickier, so be very clear in the beginning about how you intend to measure it – define the right key performance...