RSM Cloud Readiness and Assessment Services Overview

By - January 31, 2024

RSM provides modular, framework-based Azure cloud readiness assessment services to confirm our clients’ business and IT ecosystem are ready and able to realize the promises of Azure cloud adoption. RSM works with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of their current IT environment in scope while addressing any gaps and open questions. This helps set the stage for a successful migration and modernization with better planning, road-mapping, and prioritization of our client’s cloud journey. RSM collates and examines data about system and application inventories, interdependencies, categorization, and classification – along with data regarding usage, configuration, performance, and other elements related to the physical and virtual environments that are in scope for the journey.

Our services may warrant the use of a combination of manual data collection techniques, interviews, automated discovery tools, the involvement of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Application Owners, along with the analysis of existing Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs). These services may be scoped to include any combination of the following perspectives and workstreams:

  • Strategy, Business, and Financial Management Perspective in areas including but not limited to the following:
    • Cloud Adoption Strategy and Roadmap
    • Business Case and Benefit Realization
    • Cost Optimization and Budget Management Framework
    • IT Finance and Accounting Model
  • Governance, Standards, and Oversight Perspective in areas including but not limited to the following:
    • Cloud Center-of-Excellence (Cloud COE)
    • Steering Committee (with internal and external partners)
    • IT Policies, Standards, and Guidelines
    • Change Management and Architecture Review Board
    • License, Contract, Services, Vendor, and Legal Agreements
    • Project and Product Management Process and Methods
    • DevOps and Modern Application Development Process and Methods
  • People and Organization Perspective in areas including but not limited to the following:
    • Organizational Structure
    • Organization Alignment, Communication, and Awareness
    • Skills, Career, Talent Analysis, and Modeling
    • Training and Upskilling Framework
    • Transition Planning and Knowledge Management
  • Platform Perspective in areas including the following:
    • Design Principles
    • Business Architecture (Cloud Capability Model)
    • Landing Zone Review, Design, and Reference Architecture
    • Well-Architected Review
    • Network
    • Compute
    • Storage (Data Lifecycle Management)
    • Application
    • Database
  • Security, Risk Management, and Compliance Perspective including but not limited to the following:
    • Security Program(s) with a Benchmark such as NIST or CIS
    • Risk Management
    • Industry and Regulatory Compliance Matters
    • Controls (Detective & Preventative)
    • Security Information and Event Monitoring (SIEM)
    • Data Protection
    • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • Platform Security (Network, Compute, Apps)
    • Incident Response
    • Strategy for Ongoing Assessment & Pen Testing
  • Operations and Service Management Perspective including but not limited to the following:
    • Cloud Operating Model
    • Monitoring, Logging, and Alerting
    • Service Management and Service Assurance
    • Backup and Disaster Recovery
    • Auditing and Configuration Management
    • Backup, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery
    • Reporting and Analytics, and Business Intelligence
    • Provisioning, Orchestration, and Automation
    • DevOps, CI/CD

Our Approach  

  • Data Requests
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Leveraging Cloud Discovery and Assessment Tools
  • Leveraging RSM’s proven Cloud Assessment Process

Our Three (3) Phase Process  

  • Phase 1 – Preparation: Address key business, governance, technical, and project management prerequisites and coordination, while ensuring that the people, processes, and toolsets are onboarded to facilitate a data-centric and value-rich assessment.
  • Phase 2 – Execution: Launch designated discovery tools, review data, and conduct interviews to establish mutual understanding of current state and future state desires (this includes the client’s selected items from the workstreams listed above).
  • Phase 3 – Finalization: Consolidate and formulate key findings and recommendations, develop deliverables, and tear down or decommission any pertinent discovery systems, toolsets, or admin access. RSM will present the assessment and submit readout documents.

Targeted Deliverables (additional deliverables can be selected from our framework and added to the scope)

  • Cloud Adoption Strategy and Roadmap
  • Business Architecture (Capability Model)
  • Design Principles
  • Landing Zone Reference Architecture
  • Application Rationalization
  • Application Dependency Mapping
  • Architecture Design Document
  • Cloud Implement Plan
  • Cloud Cost Estimation
  • Cloud Operating Model

RSM’s insights and portfolio of services reflect more than 30 years of technology consulting, implementation and monitoring experience. We work hard to understand your specific technology needs and provide the services to help you develop a customized, cost-effective solution.

*Pricing will vary based on implementation scope and available Microsoft funding.

*Duration will vary based on implementation scope.

Contact us:

Swanston Benjamin:

Swanston is a Director and Cloud Journey Lead within RSM’s Managed IT Cloud and Infrastructure (MCI) service line, with a focus on the discovery, planning, design, implementation, and transition of our clients’ cloud journey. As a first-choice advisor, he leads from the front in developing strategies, business cases, roadmaps, operating models, architectural designs, staffing models, and other service delivery elements to help clients reimagine themselves and ultimately realize the true promise of their cloud adoption journey.

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