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Cloud Target Operating Models are a perquisite to drive Cloud Adoption!

We often see companies moving to the cloud for the sake of not losing to the competition reversing the question “technology searches problem to solve” in stead of “business problem searches technology to be supported”.

Cloud computing can be an answer to a business question and has a lot of advantageable properties if it is aligned with a digital transformation vision. Hence Business-ICT alignment is key to make this happen. So the logical steps would be:

  1. Come with a Digital Strategy first.
  2. Translate the strategy into an Target Operating Model (TOM) for your business.
  3. Deduce a Cloud Strategy from the Digital Strategy
  4. Translate the Cloud Strategy into a Cloud Target Operating Model (CTOM)

Doing some literature research and looking into the publications of Enamul Haque, I created an overview slide deck with a focus on Business-ICT alignment for cloud computing.

You can download the deck here:

The content first focusses on where cloud computing fits within a digital transformation. Digital transformation is driven by a customer focus and on allowing continuous business changes. Next the following questions are answered: 1. What technologies and prediction are fitting with these drivers? 2. What are key success factors and challenges of a digital transformation? Finally the reasons behind a digital strategy are discussed.

In a second part the focus is on cloud computing. We start with the business drivers and technology drivers and next discus some benefits and challenges. In order to fit cloud as a technology within any company it must be supported by a cloud adoption framework in order to live up to its full protentional.

The final part of the slide deck focuses on the CTOM where the adoption is initiated by a Cloud Center of Expertise (CCoE) delivering the processes for Cloud Service Management and Cloud Operations Management regulated through Cloud Governance.

Cloud Target Operating Model is based on four processes:

  • Plan: Strategy to Portfolio (S2P)
  • Build: Requirement to Deploy (R2S)
  • Fulfil: Request to Fulfil (release/delivery) (R2F)
  • Run: Detect to Correct (R2D)

Cloud Computing and the Internal Audit Function!

Discover why organizations move to the cloud and how this can have an impact on the internal audit function.

I presented a webinar on cloud computing:


Linked to that webinar an article was published, that first defines cloud computing based on four axes:

  • Service provision model
  • Service access
  • Service resources
  • Service characteristics

Secondly, on why cloud computing is important:

  • Need for more ICT flexibility
  • Need to increase ICT speed
  • Need to reduce ICT costs
  • Need to reduce ICT risks

Next it presents benefits and risks, to conclude on the internal audit challenges:

  • Definition of scope
  • Dependencies on third parties
  • Skills and expertise
  • Access to data

You can read the article on the KPMG webiste:


… or download it here:

Azure in Action

Great book and introduction to all aspects of Azure.

“Azure in Action” by Chris Hay and Brian H. Prince covers:

  • What is the cloud platform?
  • What are the different components and roles?
  • How to configure and subscription and the different services?
  • How to code, deploy and run applications?
  • How is Azure storage organized?
  • How to communicate with API’s and messages?