15 customisable OKR examples for Cloud

What are Cloud OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

Crafting effective OKRs can be challenging, particularly for beginners. Emphasizing outcomes rather than projects should be the core of your planning.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Cloud to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Cloud OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Cloud Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to efficiently eliminate the existing datacenter to minimize costs

  • ObjectiveEfficiently eliminate the existing datacenter to minimize costs
  • Key ResultReduce data center infrastructure costs by 20% through efficient decommissioning
  • TaskIdentify underutilized or outdated equipment for decommissioning
  • TaskEvaluate effectiveness of current data center infrastructure
  • TaskImplement efficient decommissioning processes to reduce costs
  • Key ResultAchieve 30% cost savings by transitioning to cloud-based services
  • TaskAnalyze cost comparison between current and cloud-based services
  • TaskDevelop and implement transition plan to cloud services
  • TaskIdentify potential cloud-based service providers
  • Key ResultTrain IT team to manage new services, increasing operational efficiency by 25%
  • TaskEvaluate performance improvements post-training
  • TaskIdentify necessary training for IT team for new services
  • TaskSchedule and conduct IT training sessions

2. OKR to develop a cloud-based SAAS loyalty product

  • ObjectiveDevelop a cloud-based SAAS loyalty product
  • Key ResultComplete backend development process meeting 95% of the defined specifications
  • TaskDevelop and test backend according to specifications
  • TaskFinalize defined specifications for backend development process
  • TaskConduct reviews and adjust code to meet 95% specification accuracy
  • Key ResultSuccessfully launch a beta version with less than 3% defects reported
  • TaskPrioritize and swiftly address reported defects
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive testing procedures for beta version
  • TaskProvide effective channels for reporting software defects
  • Key ResultFinalize system specifications and required features by interviewing 20 potential users
  • TaskIdentify and contact 20 potential system users for interviews
  • TaskConduct interviews to finalize system specifications
  • TaskFinalize required features based on user feedback

3. OKR to develop and implement an efficient cloud strategy

  • ObjectiveDevelop and implement an efficient cloud strategy
  • Key ResultIdentify and analyze potential cloud service providers by the end of month 2
  • TaskResearch potential cloud service providers
  • TaskPrepare a comparative analytical report of all providers
  • TaskEvaluate providers based on features, cost-effectiveness and reliability
  • Key ResultDefine key requirements and desired outcomes of the cloud strategy by month 1
  • TaskOutline desired outcomes from implementing the cloud solution
  • TaskIdentify critical objectives for adopting the cloud strategy
  • TaskDetermine primary requirements for the cloud strategy
  • Key ResultDesign, test, and execute cloud migration strategy achieving 90% transition by quarter end
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive cloud migration plan, including cost and risk analysis
  • TaskExecute the cloud migration, closely monitoring process and resolving issues promptly
  • TaskConduct exhaustive testing on pre-migration process and continuity plans

4. OKR to increase efficiency and scalability through cloud deployment

  • ObjectiveIncrease efficiency and scalability through cloud deployment
  • Key ResultEnhance data security by implementing robust cloud security protocols and achieving compliance certifications
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive review of current cloud security protocols and identify weaknesses
  • TaskRegularly monitor and assess cloud security protocols and update as needed
  • TaskDevelop and implement an updated cloud security framework based on industry best practices
  • TaskEnsure all necessary compliance certifications are achieved and regularly maintained
  • Key ResultAchieve a minimum of 99.9% uptime by ensuring seamless integration and high availability in the cloud
  • Key ResultImprove response time by optimizing cloud infrastructure to achieve 20% faster application performance
  • TaskAnalyze current cloud infrastructure to identify performance bottlenecks hindering application response time
  • TaskOptimize code and queries by analyzing and improving inefficient code segments
  • TaskUtilize content delivery network (CDN) for faster content delivery and reduced latency
  • TaskImplement caching mechanisms to store frequently accessed data and minimize database calls
  • Key ResultReduce infrastructure costs by migrating 80% of applications and services to the cloud

5. OKR to implement effective cloud cost management and budget alignment strategies

  • ObjectiveImplement effective cloud cost management and budget alignment strategies
  • Key ResultIncrease forecast accuracy for cloud spending by 20% via predictive analytics
  • TaskContinuously improve data models for better forecasting accuracy
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing and validation of predictive models
  • TaskDevelop precise predictive analytics algorithms for cloud spending
  • Key ResultReduce overall cloud expenditure by 15% using cost-optimization strategies
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate underutilized or idle cloud resources
  • TaskOptimize cloud storage and data transfer processes
  • TaskImplement automation and scale-down capabilities
  • Key ResultImplement a cloud cost governance framework that achieves 100% budget adherence
  • TaskEstablish financial controls and reporting tools
  • TaskMonitor cost usage and optimize resources regularly
  • TaskDefine a strict budget for your cloud services

6. OKR to successfully migrate on-prem applications to cloud setup

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate on-prem applications to cloud setup
  • Key ResultPerform successful trial migration for at least 2 applications without compromising functionality
  • TaskIdentify two applications suitable for migration testing
  • TaskPerform incremental migration while ensuring functionality
  • TaskVerify the successful migration and performance
  • Key ResultIdentify and prioritize 70% of on-prem applications for migration by comparing impact and feasibility
  • TaskEvaluate each application's migration impact and feasibility
  • TaskList existing on-prem applications for review
  • TaskPrioritize 70% of applications based on evaluation results
  • Key ResultAchieve full migration with zero downtime for the prioritized list of applications
  • TaskTest and implement the migration plan effectively
  • TaskEnsure proper setup for seamless transition without downtime
  • TaskCreate a detailed migration plan for priority applications

7. OKR to master cloud services architecture: argocd, kubernates, istio, terraform

  • ObjectiveMaster cloud services architecture: argocd, kubernates, istio, terraform
  • Key ResultDeliver a presentation on the learnings and real-world application of these technologies
  • TaskPractice the presentation for clear and engaging delivery
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive slides to explain key technology learnings
  • TaskResearch real-world application examples of these technologies
  • Key ResultObtain certification in Kubernetes and ArgoCD within the agreed time frame
  • TaskDedicate specific hours each week for course work and study
  • TaskSchedule and complete certification exams before the deadline
  • TaskResearch and enroll in a reputable Kubernetes and ArgoCD certification course
  • Key ResultSuccessfully deploy 3 projects using Istio and Terraform by quarter end
  • TaskDevelop a deployment strategy using Istio and Terraform
  • TaskIdentify the requirements and scope for each of the 3 projects
  • TaskExecute deployment plan, monitor progress, and troubleshoot any issues

8. OKR to enhance cloud architecture expertise and expand project portfolio

  • ObjectiveEnhance cloud architecture expertise and expand project portfolio
  • Key ResultObtain advanced certification in cloud architecture
  • TaskSchedule and take the cloud architecture certification exam
  • TaskEnroll in study courses or training programs for the certification
  • TaskResearch potential certifications in cloud architecture and their requirements
  • Key ResultLead training sessions on cloud architecture best practices for team members
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions for team members
  • TaskIdentify topics and develop training curriculum on cloud architecture
  • TaskEvaluate team members' understanding post-training
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement five cloud solutions for clients
  • TaskMonitor and adjust strategies for optimal performance
  • TaskIdentify suitable cloud solutions for client's specific needs
  • TaskDevelop custom implementation strategies for each client

9. OKR to efficiently migrate services and databases to Google Cloud

  • ObjectiveEfficiently migrate services and databases to Google Cloud
  • Key ResultAchieve minimal downtime during the migration process
  • TaskConduct regular communication regarding the migration process with all relevant stakeholders
  • TaskPerform a thorough assessment of the existing infrastructure and identify potential issues
  • TaskDevelop a detailed migration plan with clear timelines and allocated resources
  • TaskImplement redundancy measures and backup systems to minimize the impact of any disruptions
  • Key ResultOptimize costs by analyzing and implementing cost-effective solutions in Google Cloud
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate any unnecessary services or resources to reduce expenses
  • TaskRegularly monitor and review cost reports and adjust strategies accordingly
  • TaskResearch and implement more cost-effective alternatives or optimized configurations for existing services
  • TaskConduct a thorough analysis of current Google Cloud services and associated costs
  • Key ResultEnsure seamless data migration from existing databases to Google Cloud
  • TaskPerform necessary data cleansing and transformation to ensure compatibility with Google Cloud
  • TaskAssess current database structure and data volume for smooth migration planning
  • TaskCreate a detailed data migration strategy outlining steps, tools, and timelines
  • TaskExecute step-by-step migration process, verifying data integrity and minimizing downtime
  • Key ResultSuccessfully migrate all services from current platform to Google Cloud

10. OKR to optimize cloud transition expenses

  • ObjectiveOptimize cloud transition expenses
  • Key ResultImplement a cost-monitoring dashboard to track cloud expenses
  • TaskTrain team on using the new dashboard
  • TaskChoose a suitable cost-monitoring dashboard software
  • TaskIdentify key metrics to monitor for cloud expenses
  • Key ResultReduce current on-premises infrastructure costs by 20%
  • TaskConsolidate redundant hardware and systems to streamline operations
  • TaskNegotiate better pricing contracts with vendors
  • TaskImplement energy-saving measures for physical infrastructure
  • Key ResultAchieve 30% cost savings from the cloud transition
  • TaskIdentify redundant applications prior to cloud migration
  • TaskOptimize cloud storage usage to reduce wastage
  • TaskUtilize automated scaling for cloud resources

11. OKR to enhance application performance in data center and cloud environments

  • ObjectiveEnhance application performance in data center and cloud environments
  • Key ResultIncrease data center and cloud application error resolution rate by 20%
  • TaskImplement enhanced automated error detection software
  • TaskTrain staff in advanced cloud technology troubleshooting
  • TaskRegularly review and refine error resolution protocols
  • Key ResultImprove cloud application up-time from 95% to 99% for consistent service availability
  • TaskConduct routine cloud maintenance and updates
  • TaskImplement redundant cloud architecture for continuous service availability
  • TaskUtilize real-time monitoring systems for early issue detection
  • Key ResultReduce server response time by 15% to improve on-premise application speed
  • TaskImplement efficient load balancing techniques
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to increase processing speed
  • TaskOptimize application code for better server utilization

12. OKR to successful migration of services from OnPremise to cloud

  • ObjectiveSuccessful migration of services from OnPremise to cloud
  • Key ResultIdentify and categorize all OnPremise services for migration by end of Week 3
  • TaskCompile a list of all OnPremise services currently in use
  • TaskCategorize each service based on priority for migration
  • TaskCreate a detailed migration schedule by end of Week 3
  • Key ResultConduct post-migration validation to ensure 100% functionality for all migrated services
  • TaskVerify functionality of every migrated service
  • TaskResolve any identified post-migration issues
  • TaskConduct post-migration system checks
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% service migration while ensuring zero disruption in client services
  • TaskIdentify and prioritize critical services for migration
  • TaskDevelop and execute a detailed migration plan
  • TaskContinuously monitor and troubleshoot during migration

13. OKR to ensure smooth migration of on-prem applications to cloud setup

  • ObjectiveEnsure smooth migration of on-prem applications to cloud setup
  • Key ResultEnsure zero critical post-migration issues in the final month of the quarter
  • TaskImplement a rigorous software testing process post-migration
  • TaskConduct daily briefs to discuss potential issues
  • TaskSchedule weekly system performance evaluations
  • Key ResultFinalize a comprehensive migration plan with defined roles and responsibilities by week 2
  • TaskIdentify and assign roles and responsibilities to team members
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive migration plan
  • TaskReview and finalize the migration plan by week 2
  • Key ResultAchieve successful migration of 70% of identified applications by week 8
  • TaskIdentify critical applications for migration prioritization by week 2
  • TaskAchieve 70% migration of applications by the end of week 8
  • TaskInitiate migration process of identified applications by week 4

14. OKR to establish ourselves as cloud specialists with Atlassian

  • ObjectiveEstablish ourselves as cloud specialists with Atlassian
  • Key ResultAchieve a customer satisfaction rating of 4.5 stars or higher for our Atlassian cloud services
  • Key ResultGenerate at least 10 new leads for Atlassian cloud services through marketing campaigns
  • TaskCreate engaging social media posts promoting the benefits of Atlassian cloud services
  • TaskCollaborate with influencers to endorse Atlassian cloud services and increase brand visibility
  • TaskOptimize website content and implement SEO strategies to attract more organic traffic
  • TaskDevelop targeted email campaigns highlighting the features and advantages of Atlassian cloud services
  • Key ResultComplete 3 successful Atlassian cloud migration projects within the next quarter
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of Atlassian cloud certifications by 25%
  • TaskEnhance the availability of online training materials for Atlassian cloud certifications
  • TaskLaunch targeted marketing campaigns to promote the benefits of Atlassian cloud certifications
  • TaskOffer discounts or incentives for individuals who successfully complete Atlassian cloud certifications
  • TaskCollaborate with universities and educational institutions to integrate Atlassian cloud certifications into their curriculum

15. OKR to optimize AWS Costs

  • ObjectiveOptimize AWS Costs
  • Key ResultDecrease monthly AWS spend by 15% compared to the previous quarter
  • TaskImplement automatic scaling and resource utilization monitoring for cost-effective resource provisioning
  • TaskImplement AWS Cost Explorer to analyze spending patterns and identify optimization opportunities
  • TaskOptimize EC2 instances and remove unused resources to reduce AWS usage costs
  • TaskUtilize Reserved Instances and Savings Plans to save on compute and database service costs
  • Key ResultIdentify and eliminate any unnecessary or unused AWS resources
  • TaskRemove or terminate any unnecessary or redundant AWS resources immediately
  • TaskEvaluate the purpose and necessity of each identified unused resource
  • TaskRegularly monitor and audit AWS resources to ensure ongoing resource optimization
  • TaskReview all AWS resources to identify any that are not actively being used
  • Key ResultImplement cost-saving measures, such as Reserved Instances and Spot Instances utilization
  • Key ResultConduct regular cost analysis to track and report savings achieved from optimization efforts
  • TaskCompile a comprehensive report showcasing the achieved savings and present it to stakeholders
  • TaskReview cost data and compare it to previous periods to identify potential savings
  • TaskAnalyze cost drivers and evaluate opportunities for optimization in different areas
  • TaskImplement a system to regularly track and monitor ongoing optimization efforts and cost savings

Best practices for managing your Cloud OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Cloud OKRs

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Cloud OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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