Moving to Cloud Native is a huge undertaking for any enterprise. Why should a company even think about taking the leap, when currently there is no major failure or problem? Traditionally, the safest course has been to avoid change unless or until something is broken, and so most companies have internalized a culture of risk aversion.
So, for such enterprises, the very first question (way, waaay before we get to “When can we implement Kubernetes?”) is, Why do it at all?
If your executive team does not understand the benefits to be gained from a Cloud Native migration, they will be hesitant to support the initiative. Creating a strong Business Case will demonstrate how the serious advantages conferred by going Cloud Native will specifically benefit your company, and in turn inspire commitment from its leaders. Even in -- especially in -- a risk-adverse environment.
Your company is experiencing pressure from external advisors or internal tech teams to move to Cloud Native -- but the benefits of the transformation are not clear to the executive team.
Meanwhile, many current (non-CN) initiatives may also be competing for funding and focus. The only way executives can prioritize is by business case.
When an organisation’s leadership does not fully understand the advantages that would result from a CN migration, they are unlikely to support the initiative. They may fail to dedicate sufficient finances and resources to the effort, or simply decline to undertake it at all.
Create a formal business case to help educate the organisation’s executive team.
The business case for a Cloud Native transformation is clear.
This post appears as part of a series of Cloud Native Transformation Patterns, which begins with Cloud Native Transformation Patterns: Introduction. These are condensed versions of the full patterns appearing the forthcoming book, Cloud Native Patterns: Architecture, Design and Culture, a joint project of Container Solutions and O’Reilly. Complete and in-depth information regarding each pattern, including case studies from real-world Cloud Native enterprise migrations, will be found in the book publishing in Spring 2019!
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