Cloud can seem as intangible and mercurial as its namesake. But with a solid strategy and the right guidance, businesses can confidently move forward: making sound business decisions, charting a direct course through migration, and reaping the many benefits the cloud offers.

But what are the key elements of a successful cloud strategy? Forgetting for a moment the over-hyped assertions that “everyone is moving to the cloud” and “the cloud is the right decision for every business,” how will you determine if the cloud is the single best solution for your organisation, or is just part of a more complex composite solution?

Understanding the complete business picture is the key to developing a solid cloud strategy. That includes not only new and innovative technology elements, but also the current IT environment, resources as well as service level demands projected for the future.