16 Top Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting Cloud Computing

  1. What are the business goals we are trying to achieve through Cloud computing?
  2. Do we have a clearly defined and approved business case for cloud computing?
  3. Which cloud model (Private, Public, and Hybrid) is fit for our environment?
  4. Which cloud solution (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) will address our business needs?
  5. Have we clearly assessed the financial and non-financial cost of the cloud solution?
  6. Do we have a clear cloud strategy and roadmap?
  7. What are the business problems we seek to address through the cloud solution?
  8. Which business process/functionality do we plan to roll out to cloud?
  9. Have we clearly articulated the economic benefits we are going to achieve through the cloud solution?
  10. Have we assessed the various risks (security, technical, regulatory, etc.) that the cloud solution may impart?
  11. Have we done proper due-diligence to validate that the cloud solution will pose no integration and deployment challenges?
  12. Has the cloud vendor addressed our information security risks?
  13. Have we assessed the impact of any impacted risks? E.g. impact of data loss?
  14. Are we convinced that our data is safe in the vendor’s cloud environment?
  15. Have the cloud vendor ably demonstrated the disaster recovery and backup plan?
  16. Has the cloud vendor demonstrated enough credibility and trust in its capabilities? Are we comfortable doing business with them?
  17. What are our SLA requirements?
  18. What are our Quality of Service (QoS) requirements?
  19. What business impact would it have if the cloud solution does not meet the Ser vice Level Agreements (SLA)?
  20. What are the tangible and intangible business impacts of the solution not achieving the minimum SLA?
  21. Do we understand the contractual terms and obligations?
  22. Have we understood the pricing plan, and terms & conditions? What immediate set-up/implementation cost do we incur?
  23. What is the Return on Investment (ROI) over a 3–5 year term?
  24. How will the cloud solution impact our Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)?
  25. Have we check cloud vendor’s references and similar deployments?
  26. What level of support will the cloud vendor provide?