A CCOE should ideally be vendor-neutral and span IaaS

What sort of org structures work well for helping to drive successful cloud adoption.
Every day I talk to businesses and public-sector entities about this topic.
Some have been successful.
Others are struggling.
And the late-adopters are just starting out and want to get it right from the start.
Back in 2014, I started giving conference talks about an emerging industry best practice — the “Cloud Center of Excellence” (CCOE) concept.
I published a research note at the start of 2019 distilling a whole bunch of advice on how to build a CCOE, and I’ve spent a significant chunk of the last year and a half talking to customers about it.
Now I’ve revised that research, turning it into a hefty two-part note on How to Build a Cloud Center of Excellence: part 1 (organizational design) and part 2 (Year 1 tasks).
Gartner’s approach to the CCOE is fundamentally one that is rooted in the discipline of enterprise architecture and the role of EA in driving business success through the adoption of innovative technologies.

We advocate a CCOE based on three core pillars — governance (cost management

risk management, etc.), brokerage (solution architecture and vendor management), and community (driving organizational collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and cloud best practices surfaced organically).

Note that it is vital for the CCOE to be focused on governance rather than on control

Organizations who remain focused on control are less likely to deliver effective self-service, or fully unlock key cloud benefits such as agility, flexibility and access to innovation.
Indeed, IT organizations that attempt to tighten their grip on cloud control often face rebellion from the business that actually decreases the power of the CIO and the IT organization.
Also importantly, we do not think that the single-vendor CCOE approaches (which are currently heavily advocated by the professional services organizations of the hyperscalers) are the right long-term solution for most customers.
A CCOE should ideally be vendor-neutral and span IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS in a multicloud world, with a focus on finding the right solutions to business problems (which may be cloud or noncloud).
And a CCOE is not an IaaS/PaaS operations organization — cloud engineering/operations is a separate set of organizational decisions (I’ll have a research note out on that soon, too).
Please dive into the research (Gartner paywall) if you are interested in reading all the details.
I have discussed this topic with literally thousands of clients over the last half-dozen years.

If you’re a Gartner for Technical Professionals client

I’d be happy to talk to you about your own unique situation.


because it’s who we are,” says McDonald

Spotlight On: Howard Park WinesMax Brearley discovers award winning wine with a distinctive sense of place Howard Park has a rich family history, spans two wine regions, and boasts award-winning wines.
Max Brearley sat down with the Burch family and chief winemaker Janice McDonald to discover the story behind the wine – from the chardonnay, to the cabernet to the Jeté Méthode Traditionelle.
“There’s a duality that we like to exhibit all the time,” Natalie Burch tells me of the wines produced under the Howard Park label; part of the larger umbrella of Burch Family Wines, that have had a foot in both the Margaret River and the Great Southern wine regions for decades now.
Lined up in front of Burch and chief winemaker Janice McDonald are the signature wines produced under the Howard Park label.
Each distinctive, with a sense of place, they tell their own story.
“It started many years ago,” says Natalie Burch holding a glass of their Howard Park Grand Jete; a méthode traditionelle sparkling wine.
“My father [Jeff Burch], he’s a pinot-lover and he goes to Burgundy every year.
But one year he read this book on small producers of champagne that he bought in Harrods and he was just addicted.
He just started door knocking all the champagne houses that he found in this book.” From that initial impulsive visit Burch found himself the Australian importer for the likes of  Franck Bonville.

“Because that’s how decisions are made at Howard Park,” laughs Burch

“My dad has a crazy idea and then he pushes us all in that direction and we end up doing it.
That trip was quite an eye opener because they [the Champagne Houses] were all very different in style.
But it just made us think, hang on, .

We have very similar terroir in the Great Southern

We can do something similar.
We’ve got fantastic pinot and chardonnay resources; we’ve already been building up for years for the Marchand and Burch project [a collaboration with Burgundian winemaker, Pascal Marchand] that we can utilise for our own méthode traditionelle sparkling.” “It’s not an easy thing to do, to make méthode traditionelle ” wines, says McDonald.
“My normal line when we taste with people is that my experience, and I think our experience in general with sparkling wine, is how to drink it, not how to make it.
We’re a few centuries behind on that, but we’re catching up.” McDonald is perhaps underplaying how they’ve caught up; winning a clutch of national and international awards in recent years.

“If you are likening it to something out of Champagne

it’s more along the grower model in the sense that we want it to be expressive of the vineyard,” says McDonald.
“it’s not ‘big house’ in style; it’s not trying to smooth out the bumps along the way and just have that glamorous, silky smooth house style.
It is allowing that vineyard to be, to express in the wine, so each year it’ll be a little bit different.
To me, it’s about the quality of the fruit and our improving skills in making méthode traditionelle wine.
It’s all done here, we make the base wines, we tirage, we dosage.
From a winemaking point view, it’s a really fun and challenging project to make sparkling wine.” “This is Janice McDonald’s wine,” says Natalie Burch, .

Turning to the 2018 Allingham Chardonnay

“A no holds barred – make the best Margaret River Chardonnay you can

do whatever you like, all the fruit that we have, everything is at your disposal, do whatever you wish – wine.” “My involvement in Margaret River as a winemaker has always been very much in the southern part of the region,” says McDonald.
“I think that the southern part of the region for chardonnay just gives you a little bit more coolness, a bit more cloud cover, a little bit more finesse in the fruit.
And this particular wine, the Allingham, comes from a vineyard on Brooks Road, just on the end of Rocky Road.
So not far from Devil’s Lair.

A vineyard which was originally planted for Howard Park in the late 90s

The fruit had been in and out of here a few times and then in ’11 it was the first time we were reacquainted with it when I was here.
It was quite spectacular.” “It’s a pretty tough site and the best part of the block actually faces south, so it gets a reasonable amount of wind and it’s that cooler part of the region,” says McDonald.

“Presently all of this wine is from Gingin clones

We have planted some 95 and 96, but that material is really quite young.
So, we’re just looking for that lovely, cool, elegant, fine style, fermenting it in a combination of bigger barrels these days.” Moving to the 2017 Abercrombie, it’s another expression of Howard Park’s roots in two Western Australian wine regions – Margaret River and the Great Southern.
“It shows that lovely elegance which comes from our combination of the Great Southern vineyards,” says McDonald.
“Abercrombie vineyard is a very old vineyard planted to the old clones of Cabernet in the 70s.
It gives a lovely line and more elegance to the wine, and then combined with our quite young vineyard here, .

The Leston Block,” she says gesturing to the vines within view of the cellar door

“It’s got the elegance; it’s got the power and it has sophistication.
It’s definitely cabernet: beautiful fine tannin, lovely berry notes, it has that poise that cabernet should have.
You get a richness of fruit, so it’s a really lovely combination.
We want to pull those two vineyards together to make our signature best wine, because it’s who we are,” says McDonald.

“We started in the Great Southern

we came to Margaret River, we have a unique footprint in both regions, and we always will have.” Howard Park offers a range of tasting experiences from premium tasting flights, to icon-wines tasting flights, and méthode traditionelle tasting flights.  Ready to book your next Howard Park experience.
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