IDC has found that to maximize the value from investments in cloud, organizations must be aware of potential benefits and challenges. Cloud users must also regularly measure their performance — using benchmarks relevant to both IT decision makers and business decision makers — and use these measures to assess their progress. IDC's MaturityScape for cloud aims to assist organizations in realistically appraising their current capabilities, articulating reasonable short- and long-term goals, identifying their gaps, and beginning an action plan for change. The IDC MaturityScape specifically defines the stages, critical measures, business outcomes, and actions that are required to effectively move through the stages and increase value as more investments are made.
Using the maturity measures and descriptions in the document, readers can:
"The goal of IT organizations has been and will continue to be the provision policy-based access for users to the best IT resources available — whether those resources are developed in-house or sourced externally and best of breed — in order to drive business value," says Chris Morris, VP, Cloud Services, IDC Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan). "Mastering operations in a 'multicloud' world requires gradual step changes up the maturity scale, but the outcomes — including greater agility, higher revenue, and better business responsiveness — will determine the losers and winners of the next 10 years."