Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART)

From business planning to training to security and governance, find out what you need to do to prepare for your Microsoft Azure migration with the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART).

The assessment walks you through a series of questions to help assess your readiness in regards to:

  • Your current business strategy
  • Your partner support system
  • Your inventory and assets
  • Your business goals
  • Your migration plan
  • Your organizations technical and migration skills
  • Your landing zone environment
  • The governance you have in place
  • How you will manage assets and services in the cloud

You have the ability to pick an area of focus, or answer all the assessment questions. When you finish, you'll receive a report that identifies areas for improvement and resources that can help you make those improvements. After you make improvements, you can come back and take the assessment again to gage your progress toward migration readiness.

Access the assessment

You can start the assessment by visiting

Diagram that shows the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART).

The skills necessary to fill the gaps in your organization's digital transformation typically won't be confined to a single role or even a single department. Skills will have relationships and dependencies that can span a single role or multiple roles. Those roles might exist in several departments. For example, a workload owner might require someone in an IT role to create core resources like subscriptions and resource groups.

To ensure quality results, there are two ways we recommend you approach the 17 questions to ensure a smooth experience. The first option is to complete the assessment with a Microsoft account member. The second option is to set aside about 30 minutes with experts in each respective category and then complete the assessment yourself.


After you finish running the SMART tool, a results page is generated. The results page offers tailored recommendations and next steps to improve your score in each category. There's a tool to export the results to a CSV file that allows you to see scores offline.

Diagram that shows the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART) results matrix.

There's a matrix that shows your areas of strength and your opportunities for growth based on how you score in each area. You receive a grade across all 10 dimensions that give you a better understanding of what to do next. There's a Recommended next steps section and individual recommendations for each category.

To review your answers, you can go to the answer summary. The answer summary can help you understand why you received specific recommendations or what contributed to the individual scores.

Assessment milestones

The milestone feature of the SMART tool allows you to measure your growth and improvement as you take the assessment multiple times. When you use the new milestone feature, you can look at how you improved individually in each area.

Diagram that shows SMART evolution.

You can compare across all 10 dimensions to see resources that contributed to your evolution.

Next steps