For many organization, the cloud-first strategy begins an elaborate and sometimes complex series of business and technology decisions. Understanding and weighing all the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) options that are available is a monumental task, and it can be hard to know where to begin the process of creating and implementing a cloud-first strategy.

This CSA guide is designed to help organizations establish a systematic and repeatable process for implementing a cloud-first strategy. It offers a high-level framework for identifying the right stakeholders and engaging with them at the right time to reduce the risk, liabilities, and inefficiencies that organizations can experience as a result of adhoc cloud decisions. The goal of this guide is to help ensure that any new cloud program is secure, compliant, efficient, and successfully implements the organization’s key business initiatives.