Mapping the Journey to the Cloud - An Overview of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework - Version 2

Mapping the Journey to the Cloud

Each organization’s cloud adoption journey is unique. In order to successfully execute your adoption, you need to understand your organization’s current state, the target state, and the transition required to achieve the target state. Knowing this will help you set goals and create work streams that will enable staff to thrive in the cloud.

Engaging stakeholders with their relevant AWS CAF Perspective helps inform your journey to cloud adoption. Through this discovery phase, you will explore capability gaps in terms of AWS CAF Skills and Processes, define necessary work streams, and identify interdependencies between work streams. Knowing work stream dependencies enables you to optimize collaboration on AWS. The AWS CAF provides the structure to discover what organizational skills you need to update and how to modify existing processes and introduce new ones.

Work streams are iterative and change over time. In some technology areas, you may find that it is best for work steams to be integrated with one another. Consider DevOps, for example. DevOps refers to practices, skills, and processes that depend on the collaboration of both development and operational teams. By collaborating across teams, you can automate the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes, which makes your organization more agile and efficient. With the AWS CAF, you’re able to identify how technology development and operations teams can become more closely integrated, and by doing so, optimize business results in your cloud environment.

In a transition to the cloud, stakeholders within each AWS CAF Perspective need to engage and actively own organizational and operational change for their area.

As you implement work streams, your organization can leverage the different AWS CAF Perspectives to understand how to communicate interdependencies between different stakeholders. The AWS CAF structure can also help you ensure that the strategies and plans across your organization are complete and aligned to business goals and outcomes.