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The Ovum CloudFit Framework helps organizations to assess the appropriateness of a cloud solution based on three dimensions: the characteristics of the business need, constraints in the IT status quo, and the presence of cloud enablers.


  • The fit of cloud services to an organization's needs should be assessed on a broader set of criteria than simply technology and price. Both the specific business need and organizational context need to be taken into account in assessing opportunities.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess the best cloud approach for a specific business scenario.
  • Explore the enablers and constraints in your organization to cloud adoption.

Key questions answered

  • Is cloud a good fit for my business need?
  • Is my organization ready to successfully implement a cloud solution?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for providers

The Ovum CloudFit Framework

  • Bringing business context to cloud services debates
  • CloudFit Factors
  • Assessing CloudFit
  • Using CloudFit in group settings

The business scenario

  • Business need
  • Constraints in the IT status quo
  • Cloud services enablers

The CloudFit score

  • The two CloudFit modes: SaaS and Platform + Agile
  • A worked CloudFit analysis

Taking action

  • Stop, go, or refactor?
  • Strengthening a weak CloudFit
  • Creating a tailwind for cloud services adoption


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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