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Defining a Cloud Strategy & Cloud-enabled Operating Model

Monday 22 November, 2021

Coeus worked with one of the world's leading universities to quickly define the building blocks and priorities needed to accelerate its cloud journey.


Challenge


The IT leadership at a consistent top-10 performer in the QS World University Rankings was seeking to accelerate its migration to cloud services to support its overarching IT strategy to deliver student and research services.

The client had migrated a number of applications to the cloud with mixed success and needed to establish a robust approach to assure the success of future migrations.

The university has a very broad portfolio of hosting needs to support its daily operations and its leading-edge research programmes – so the strategy needed to demonstrate how these different use cases could be supported.


Approach

Coeus worked closely with the client team to enable skills transfer and learning for the staff that would be leading implementation.
Coeus assessed the IT strategy and defined key outcomes needed from cloud, with feedback from senior leaders from across the organisation. This was documented as a cloud vision, with visualised changes for different stakeholder groups.
Coeus documented current state against its cloud readiness framework, which showed the priority areas of the operating model needing to be addressed.
Coeus then tailored its cloud assessment framework for the university to use to define its cloud dispositions.
We then defined the operating model changes needed and reviewed these with the leadership team, before establishing a roadmap and business case to drive cloud adoption.

Benefits

The cloud strategy enabled the IT leadership team across the university to gain a common understanding of the activities needed to drive a successful transition to the cloud.

The work was undertaken collaboratively with IT leadership teams, creating strong buy-in to the outcomes.

The university’s project team were exposed to methodologies and frameworks they can now use to assess their IT estates and prioritise specific migrations.

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