Cloud migrations are typically infrastructure-led IT initiatives, as opposed to being driven by business priorities. This often results in the real business needs being sidelined in favor of IT value, and ease of implementation as the most recognizable levers for facilitating the discussion on prioritizing and sequencing cloud migration activities. That’s because “value” based on the direct infrastructure and application services benefits is easier to determine and generally the most familiar area to IT leadership.

This is not the right way to approach sequencing decisions. It is too shallow a view of the business benefits. Instead, the IT or infrastructure team leading the migration should aim to quantify and qualify the many direct business benefits of cloud, driven by speed, scalability, and cost transparency, through collaboration with the business. This is key for making informed decisions.

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