There is no one path for cloud adoption that fits every organization. However, the main implementation stages follow a similar process. Below, we outline the four primary cloud adoption steps.
Step 1: Define a Business Strategy
The first step of defining a business strategy includes understanding your organization’s motivations for a cloud strategy. It is important to identify the desired outcomes of cloud adoption and examine what technologies are needed for individual stages of chip design. Establishing a clear outcome and creating a financial model to project the impact of your strategy can help align stakeholders on future decisions.
Step 2: Develop a Plan
When developing a plan, you’ll want to catalog your digital real estate, create a cloud adoption plan, and define support. Note your organization’s workloads, applications, data sources, virtual machines, and other assets, and evaluate the composition of cloud hosting. For example, semiconductor companies may need to have substantial compute power for simulations, storage space for the simulation outputs, and a complex workflow for verification. Prioritize your most important workloads based on business impact and technical complexity in order to create your cloud adoption plan. Then develop a support plan that includes your organizational needs, potential gaps, and new technologies.
Step 3: Adopt the Cloud
The third step involves preparing and adopting your cloud environment. Depending on your chosen cloud service provider, you may encounter a variety of adoption programs or landing zones. Adoption will include migration, where legacy on-premises applications move to the cloud incrementally. For chip-design companies, specific personnel with knowledge of migration processes for pre-existing data may be hired. At this stage, it’s beneficial to focus on innovation where semiconductor companies can further modernize their digital real estate to increase business and drive product innovation. Examples include infrastructure deployment, operations, and governance that create strong connections between development and operations.
Step 4: Manage the Cloud Adoption Framework
The final step of governing is the most detailed. It includes benchmarking, establishing practices, and identifying risks. Benchmarking requires identifying missed gaps in migration and tracking governance state over time while communicating with your CSP for further governance solutions. Establishing a governance practice includes implementing a minimally viable product to establish initial practices based on cost measures, security, resources, and deployment automation. Finally, identifying business risks and risk tolerance involves mitigating risks through compliance and government policies.
Management is another major component of this final governing step. In utilizing the cloud adoption framework for management, workloads are classified by their impact and cost. Cloud adoption teams should work with other teams to create cloud environments that contain tools for operation and resilient solutions. Successful implementations will leverage monitoring, management (analyzing dependencies and identifying critical business operations), and resilience.