To make a well informed decision before moving to the cloud, you need to:Assess systems and processes that can be easily virtualized Map your strategic business goals and their associated critical applications. Take your compliance requirements into careful consideration for each application that is transitioning to the cloud. Apps that have different capacity specifications during specific seasons (like holiday sales or fall registrations) can be kept in-house and moved to a hybrid cloud when required.Identify the right resource pools Cloud computing works on the pay-per-use model. Look for apps that can share cloud space because resource pooling can help keep your costs low and optimized.Collaborate with people having the right expertise Select a cloud partner with extensive experience to help you choose the right cloud architecture strategy. Assess your existing staff skills on the basis of a few parameters like their roles and responsibilities, and the training they require to start managing the new architecture.