Cloud 101 - Page 4
At regular points in the project, measure the results to the end user customer base and review with the customers. The goals need to be quantifiable and should be set at the beginning of the project. Goals may be around project completion time, time it takes to do specific tasks, overall cost or utilization of the infrastructure, etc. If the results are not what were expected, adjust the deployment to try to meet the goals. This can involve reconfiguring HW or SW, redoubling on customer training or adding in custom automation developed internally or from contractors.
At this point, it is also good to engage with the HW and SW providers to make sure they can identify any errors in deployment or deviation from best practices that are hampering the results. At this time, you will also have a better idea of your needs and will be in a position to make stronger and more prioritized feature requests.
Bring in Least Needful Applications for Sake of Conformity of Process, Service Levels, etc.
Only after you have had success in the ideal cloud use cases should you bring in the less applicable workloads. Though it may be harder to do so and the benefits may be less, over the long haul your IT department will benefit from a common infrastructure layer for datacenter management and a common end-user interface for deploying workloads, tracking their status and measuring their cost.