Introduction

Cloud computing has changed the IT working environment. Cloud computing is driving the IT industry at an accelerated pace than before. The organizations irrespective of the size and structure are at the forefront to have cloud computing in their work environment thereby getting into the IT digital transformation journey. The organizations are designing plans to adapt to the cloud journey to meet the ever-changing needs of customers. It has been found that the Cloud computing maturity model (CCMM) is beneficial and effective in organizations.

  1. Definition
  2. Four stages of the CMM model in cloud
  3. Benefits

1) Definition

CMM Model identifies the organization’s current working environment and plans the roadmap for the implementation of cloud technologies. It is a framework for designing solutions for the adoption of cloud in organizations. The plan is inclusive of gaps identified in the current working environment along with the solutions. The plan includes recommendations along with the identified capabilities to reach the desired level of maturity in documented use cases. Keeping in line with the business objectives of the organization, CMM defines the goal or the target to reach along with the solution to identify and perform a gap analysis to reach the desired cloud maturity level.

2) Four stages of the CMM model in cloud

The cloud model has four stages. Every stage has its own set of challenges and resultant outcomes on implementation. 

  1. Project
  2. Foundation
  3. Migration
  4. Optimization

The CMM or Cloud Maturity Model (CMM) designs a clear plan by understanding the maturity in terms of both technical and non-technical abilities. The technical ability measures the maturity of the cloud in terms of ICT and cloud. The non-technical abilities are measured in terms of business applications of cloud-like cloud service models, and cloud deployment models. 

The cloud transformation maturity model lays down the foundation with a thought out strategy for successful cloud adoption. The four stages of the CMM model clearly defines the steps in each step of the model followed by transformation and results at the end of every stage. 

  1. Project

The first level of the CMM model Project has the following challenges and resultants or outcomes.

Challenges

  • Awareness about cloud services is limited to the organization.
  • Executive support for investment received is limited.
  • Not capable enough to buy the required services.
  • Confidence levels are less in the cloud.
  • Not clear about traversing the cloud path.

Resultants or Outcomes

  • Need assistance to gather organizational knowledge.
  • Need funding and appropriate support.
  • Ability to buy all the required services.
  • Confidence is high and there is less resistance.
  • Clear path and direction for CMM model. 

2. Foundation

Challenges

  • Assigning the number of resources required for cloud transformation.
  • Understand the organization’s cloud transformation plan.
  • Understanding the organization’s security and compliance concerns.
  • Knowledge of management concerns and finance involved in cloud implementation.

Outcomes

  • Resources dedicated to cloud architecture.
  • Have a detailed plan of resources, processes, and technology.
  • To have a detailed plan that includes best practices, policies, and cloud architecture.
  • An estimate of cost and management details for the cloud environment.

3. Migration

Challenges

  • Design an effective strategy for migration.
  • Implement the migration process.
  • Management concerns regarding cloud environment.
  • Migration of applications.

Resultants/Outcomes

  • Have a strategy to move from the current state to the desired or expected state.
  • Migrate the application cost-effectively.
  • Effective decisions are backed by strong management decisions.
  • Migrate successfully to the cloud.

4. Optimization

Challenges

  • Cost optimization.
  • Service optimization.
  • Optimization of app management services.
  • Optimization of organizational services.

Resultants/Outcomes

  • Have a strong process for ongoing cost optimization.
  • Optimizing the process of management for customer satisfaction.
  • Continuous optimized app management services.
  • Optimization of Enterprise services.

Implementation of cloud technology in an organization involves a lot of research and planning. Certain maturity models are available to know the current scenario before implementing cloud technology. The priority is to know the current scenario of the organization. So, here is a few cloud models used while implementing cloud technology. 

If the organization is already adopting cloud technology, and one needs to know how well it has adopted then the cloud adoption maturity model comes to aid. This model aids in finding out which stage the organization is in the case of the current organization’s adoption stage.

If the organizations are looking for adopting cloud technology from scratch then the cloud-native maturity model (CNMM) comes into the picture. This model helps in gauging the organization’s current scenario and designs the roadmap for cloud implementation.

On adoption of the cloud in the organization, cloud security becomes crucial. Safeguarding an organization’s data is of foremost importance. The cloud security maturity model assesses an organization’s cloud security situation. On successful assessment, further strategic plan for improving the cloud security in alignment with organizations goals.

Metrics play a vital role in the organization’s working environment. To know how the development process is paving out in an organization, metrics are used. The cloud capability maturity model is a process to refine the software development process in the organization. The model is a five-level process and involves organization and systematic improvement of the processes.

Every organization focuses on the development process in ongoing projects. The process maturity levels is a measurement to know how the developing process is heading to completion. The model is also inclusive of the continuous improvement implementing qualitative measures and feedback. The process maturity of an organization can be in 5 levels. That is level 1 being the least mature and level 5 being the most mature.

3) Benefits

Successful implementation of the Cloud maturity model in an organization yields the following benefits.

  • Provides Flexibility.
  • Improvement in Efficiency.
  • Improvised service quality.
  • Maturity in implementation.
  • Optimized resource utilization.
  • Easy to integrate with applications.

Conclusion

CMM model’s success and effectiveness are dependent on the strategies used to implement in an organization. The business benefits are entirely dependent on how solutions are designed in the CMM model and how well they are implemented. The cloud maturity model (CMM) is being embraced wholeheartedly across organizations as it assists in many ways. The CMM models aid in understanding the cloud maturity from both service provider and consumer’s perspective. On understanding the situation, organizations can define the organizational goals and sketch out cloud strategy play.

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