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Cloud is recognized by just about every CIO in the world as a key enabler of digital transformation (and, consequently, better business outcomes, like increased revenue and more strategic allocation of IT budget). But, while cloud adoption continues to grow, organizations’ cloud “maturity” varies widely.

Analyst firm, IDC, has categorized organizations’ cloud maturity using five levels of cloud adoption:

Ad Hoc

  • Beginning the process to increase awareness of cloud technology options
  • Turning to cloud because of immediacy of need, often unauthorized
  • Individual development and line-of-business teams experiment with cloud
  • Shadow IT reigns supreme with inconsistent approaches to security, information management and governance


  • Experimenting with short-term improvements in access to IT resources through cloud
  • Considering cloud for new solutions or isolated computing environments
  • Beginning to collaborate to formalize best practices and develop frameworks for implementing enterprise-scale hybrid multicloud architectures


  • Enabling more agile access to IT resources through standardization and implementation of best practicesRelying on self-service portals to access cloud services
  • More consistent and standardized availability of automated cloud resources and services to developers and LOB teamsManaged
  • Implementing a consistent, enterprise-wide best-practices approach to the cloudOrchestrating service delivery across an integrated set of resourcesMission-critical workloads increasingly implemented using cloud platforms and services
  • Workload portability increases and users enjoy consistent experiences across applications


  • Delivering innovative, IT-enabled products and services from internal and external providers
  • Driving business innovation through transparent access to IT capability, based on value to business and transparent cost measures
  • Organization-wide cloud strategies and policies are consistently defined and implemented

The greater the level of cloud maturity, the more likely organizations are to support advanced technologies, including microservices architectures, containers and IoT. And, the greater the level of cloud maturity, the better the measurable business outcomes.So, how does your organization rank?

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