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4 OKR examples for Cloud Services

What are Cloud Services OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

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 Services 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.

Our Cloud Services OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Cloud Services 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!

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

Best practices for managing your Cloud Services 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 below). 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.

Building your own Cloud Services OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Cloud Services 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

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

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 Services 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.