Cloud Pilot Checklist
Having the actual costs from a pilot allow you to compare those costs to the baseline costs you created when doing the business case. While the pilot may be only a subset of the overall workload which is targeted to be moved, the actuals spend can be extrapolated to represent a full workload. In this way, the dollars spent can certainly be used to validate the cost assumptions. This may not be a one-for-one comparison, but the costs will let you know if your estimates are in a relevant range. Having this early peek into the costs will allow you to have a chance to true-up projections used in your business plan before moving forward to a full deployment. This checklist is designed to help you plan your pilot.