Trent Howell


As the new year kicks off, you may be thinking that it’s finally time to start moving workloads to Azure or AWS, but you need some help warding off those predictable mistakes that can cost you time and money down the road.

The truth is that if you skip envisioning in your cloud journey, those mistakes may eventually nab you — and the results could be scarier than you think.

Cloud Envisioning is the first step towards true digital transformation because it doesn’t just look at technology but also at the people, data, and processes that must be brought together to create value for the business. For a successful cloud deployment to occur, organizations must consider how the technology is implemented, supported, optimized, and updated on an ongoing basis.

Luckily, Lightstream, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Partner and AWS Consulting Partner, can successfully perform your envisioning workshop — no tricks, just treats!

Here are some examples of issues Cloud Envisioning addresses:

Which workloads make sense for cloud?

Envisioning can help you determine if cloud is the best option for a specific workload or application. This depends on the application itself, the nature of the workload, the data, and industry regulations or business requirements.

Taking a systematic approach to your organization’s workloads, applications, and requirements for the cloud will help you save time and money down the road.

Finding the right fit with Azure, AWS, or both

With extensive experience deploying solutions in both Azure and AWS, we understand the benefits and challenges of both platforms. Choosing one platform over the other often depends on your business goals.

Envisioning will help you consider factors important to your business, including ease of integration, security, compliance, post-sales service, consumption and ongoing support requirements.

Preparing for Transformation

Most importantly, envisioning will help you build the right foundation for success. Over the years, we unfortunately have witnessed cloud decisions based on technology alone. It’s easy to skip over the organizational changes that are needed for deployments to succeed.

For example, many routine tasks once performed by in-house staff — such as provisioning compute resources, performing system backups, and other administrative functions — will now be the responsibility of the cloud provider. You’ll need formal change management procedures and effective communication with your cloud provider.

Another example is post-sales services. You’ll need to purchase these services to support your cloud, and they should include deployment plans, consumption plans, support services, major incident response plans, and cloud services dependency mapping.

Don’t Skip—and Fall!

Envisioning walks you through all the major considerations for your cloud deployment, providing a blueprint for success and needed education to help you understand your environment and service provider better. Skipping Cloud Envisioning in your cloud journey can bring some unpleasant surprises that could make you start moping around like the Frankenstein monster (though hopefully not bringing down the enterprise in your wake!).

Let us help you create a strong foundation for your cloud success so transforming your organization isn’t such a scary proposition.