Most companies aren't startups with a greenfield for new cloud-native applications. The reality is that the vast majority of enterprises need to support both their traditional core systems as well as deliver the capabilities needed to optimally run new cloud-native applications.
It's usually not feasible to create a full-blown, fully hybrid environment of traditional infrastructure and cloud infrastructure with all the bells and whistles all in one step. But there are ways to get started that let you reduce project risk while creating business benefits quickly.
For example, some companies start with pilot projects. One popular choice is to start with a test and development cloud. This lets you:
Another alternative for getting started is a proof of concept (PoC). Typically, a PoC is designed around a specific use case selected for its ability to be created quickly and address a real business need, so that you cannot only learn from this first development and deployment experience but also begin delivering business value once the PoC is complete. In addition to building your cloud skills, a PoC lets you verify the technologies you've chosen, deliver the capabilities that you need, and gives you insight into integration and interoperability issues you'll need to address.