Driving into the office this morning, I passed someone walking a dark red golden retriever and it reminded me of Jake, my first dog as an independent adult. Growing up, my family always had at least one dog, but I had never had one that was just mine. When I got my first job after university, one of the first things I got was my very own puppy. I was a dog person. I had been around family dogs my whole life and was confident I had the skills to raise a puppy on my own. I thought things like, “I got this,” and “What could possibly go wrong?”

So, being fresh out of school, the sum of all my earthly belongings included my bed and that dog, which both fit into the back of a pick-up truck. After the first 12 weeks with the puppy, I could have moved with a Honda Civic and maybe had some room left. I will never forget waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of Jake chewing on my bed! I was down to one pair of shoes and having evil thoughts about replacing my footwear with puppy-fur lined slippers, until I met Dave. He worked in my building as an IT Administrator but also trained police dogs part-time. He offered to let me and Jake work with him. Within just a few short weeks, Jake transformed from a hell-hound to a perfect puppy.

Obviously, the issue was never with Jake, it was with me. I had dog skills but not puppy-training skills and, it turns out, those are two very different things.

As I pulled into the parking lot this morning, it occurred to me how similar my puppy experiences were to what many IT leaders face today when committing to the cloud. The ROI for moving workloads to the cloud is clear and might be even more attractive than a fuzzy puppy. But not everyone thinks through whether their IT team has the specific skills needed to plan and execute a cloud migration; Not everyone considers ahead of time if the project plan, KPI’s, and milestones are appropriate, realistic, and supported.

Just as I assumed my dog experience meant I had the skills to raise a puppy, some organizations might not be as equipped for their journey to the cloud as they believe.

Based on best business practices and industry success factors, ReluTech has developed a “Cloud Readiness Assessment”. It takes only 5-10 minutes to complete and will generate a high level “readiness score” to help companies assess their puppy skills, I mean, cloud migration readiness.

Shoes and a mattress are much easier to replace than months of work lost and projects delayed – so know where you stand before you launch!