This report details required features for a Cloud Management Platform as well as Gartner's key findings and recommendations based on industry analysis.

It also poses 5 questions to ask when you are forming a cloud strategy:

  • Where and how should the organization consume cloud computing services?
  • Where and how should the organization implement private cloud environments?
  • How will we secure, manage and govern across hybrid environments?
  • How does cloud computing factor into our application strategy and architecture?
  • Are there opportunities for the business to become a cloud computing service provider to others?

Gartner, Devise an Effective Cloud Computing Strategy by Answering Five Key Questions, David W. Cearley, November 20, 2015.

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