Announcing the Cloud Maturity Model for RFPs

English: Characteristics of the Maturity levels

English: Characteristics of the Maturity levels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following a number of months of work with a team effort of industry experts and requirements from key user groups like government agencies here in Canada,  version 1.00 of our Cloud Maturity Model for RFPs is now complete and available for purchase.

Many businesses are at the point they believe the Cloud does indeed offer them considerable ROI potential but are finding that the supplier landscape and multitude of industry terminology is confusing and daunting.

This means it will slow their procurement and so both customers and suppliers lose out.

So our Cloud RFP model offers over 50 questions with a simple but powerful three-tier assessment criteria to enable buyers to quantify and differentiate Cloud provider offerings across a spectrum of best practices most important to the business benefits of Cloud Computing, including:

  • SaaS Architecture – The multi-tenant design of the apps enables flexible customization for clients requirements while also reducing costs through shared architecture.
  • Security and Managed Services – The provider implements industry-recognized practices and tools for intrusion detection, anti-malware and all other facets required for secure cloud computing.
  • Cloud Identity – Providers can be assessed for standard identity management security baselines, right through to their roles within federated identity ecosystems.
  • Cloud BCP – The capabilities of the provider to withstand varying levels of disaster situations.
  • Cloud Archiving and Compliance – What services the provider offers and the practices they follow to enable their customers to meet their various regulatory requirements.

The Cloud RFP service includes the core model documentation and also an annual subscription to receive all updates.

Furthermore we can also offer Cloud Consultants who can assist in tailoring the RFP for your requirements and performing the assessment work of vendor responses if required.

Contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Comments

  1. It appears that the early adopters to the cloud took a decidedly different approach than taken by this RFP: the early adopters took inventory of the components that the cloud offered and built a solution that adhered to their corporate guidelines.

    You can give me an insecure cloud and I can still create a secure service. You can give me a one 9 availability and I can still build a 5 nines service. etc.

    The beauty of the cloud is that it forces you to articulate and automate your IT and service processes. You can’t ask your cloud vendor to do that for you. Security is the best example: you will always be responsible for securing your service.

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