Since the turn of the year, alongside my usual job responsibilities, I have found myself running Component Business Model for Cloud (CBM4Cloud) workshops with our Public Sector clients. For those who are not aware, a CBM4Cloud workshop is a method that IBM uses (with or without a client) to understand the client landscape in their journey to cloud. The workshop typically lasts an afternoon when doing it in person or even just a few hours when doing it remotely, as has been the case during this lockdown period.
So what actually goes on in this workshop? I hear you ask. Well, during this workshop, we work through a template and answer a series of questions to help identify any gaps and pain points that the client may have in their plans to move to the cloud. We address questions such as:
What are the key capabilities that will secure future success?
How can we build more synergy across the client’s organisation?
How does the client become a truly globally integrated enterprise?
During this workshop, we also look to assess the client’s strategy, implementation and management across the following key pillars of cloud:
Cloud platform and application development
Management (application, financial and services)- Security
The output from this workshop is a series of heatmaps (pictured below) documenting the client readiness and landscape. From this we can then come up with a masterplan consisting of potential projects and activities that will help the client to deal with their pain points and accelerate their journey to the cloud.
Running these workshops has been really useful, not just for myself or the rest of the IBM team, but also for the client as it gives them a view that they never had before. As the workshop brings together people from different roles, it gives all participants an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of the different capabilities that are assessed as part of the workshop. Sometimes however, the information shared may not necessarily be new for everyone. This is still absolutely fine as the real value here is to have a single place (the template in this case) where all this knowledge is collated. This makes it extremely useful when coming up with projects and activities.
Whilst these workshops are relevant to all industries, it is with Public Sector where sometimes the greatest value is seen. Public Sector clients do not typically have a smooth journey to the cloud as clients from other industries. Due to the various different regulatory and governing processes, not to mention political and societal influences, adopting new technologies in a timely manner can prove to be difficult and overwhelming. Then there is the crucial matter of technical debt, which is so hard to get away from due to nature of spending reviews and subsequent diversion of public funds to deal with situations such as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. This was evident with one of our Public Sector clients for whom we ran a workshop for recently. As this client has not really started on their journey to cloud, there were a large number of gaps and pain points for the client to address. What this CBM4Cloud process allowed us to do was identify these gaps and pain points and prioritise them before coming up with relevant projects and activities.
If after reading this, you’re wondering if this workshop costs an arm and a leg, then wonder no more. You’ll be pleased not know that this workshop is actually completely free. If you want to know more information about the workshop or even want us to run one with you then reach out to your IBM client team or alternatively get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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