Ready to begin migrating business processes to the cloud, or already underway? You’re not alone. According to one survey, 95% of IT professionals have adopted either public, private or hybrid cloud strategies. In many ways though, customers have been frustrated during their migrations.
The growing pains of adopting these new platforms, systems and storage methods affect your organization is many ways. The Challenge — how to increase the chances that your next migration will go off smoothly? While every organization’s migration strategy will be different, avoiding these 5 common mistakes definitely improve your chances of success.
5- Migrating with only a short-term strategy: Just like anything else in business, having a long-term strategy is a much better idea than only having a short term strategy. If pushing more and more of your data, analytics, storage and softwares into the cloud is the plan, why only think in terms of this year? Ask yourself, how will your business grow into the cloud over time? What services will be migrated, and on what time-frame? What does your overall IT infrastructure look like, not just next quarter, but 5 years from now?
4- Not understanding the full capabilities of the cloud: Think the cloud is just remote storage space? Think again. IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, managed services… ask yourself what all those services are for, and how they can directly impact the way your IT department interacts with the rest of your business. “The cloud” allows for remote access, collaboration, real-time reporting from field-based employees, new customers, security, scale – the possibilities are limitless. If you have a technology function you perform in-house, you can push it to the cloud.
3- Not taking advantage of the opportunity to clean up IT infrastructure: If your IT department is currently a mess on your local servers, it will be a mess on a server in someone else’s data center. Use the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning. Whether that means consolidating data and processes that are currently disorganized, or addressing some other fundamental headache, viewing the migration as an excellent opportunity to get the house in order will be to your long-term benefit.
2- No plan to educate employees on how to adapt to the new environment: Understand the compelling reason why your employees should welcome the move; it may make it easier to work remotely, for example. If there are substantial changes to the infrastructure, make sure you’re teaching employees how to use the new environment and take advantage of its capabilities to enhance their work-lives. Equally important– make sure they understand the new security requirements. The cloud has many benefits, but it comes with unique challenges as well.
1- No good reason why they chose to migrate: Doing something ‘just because’ is generally a bad idea. Create an honest assessment of your existing IT infrastructure and educate yourself about the cloud. Make sure it is right for your business. If it is (the trends suggest as much), and you understand why, it will greatly inform your migration strategy, and give you a much firmer basis for planning, execution, and utilization of the cloud.
Cloud migrations can be challenging, but by avoiding a few critical mistakes, you can ensure much better outcomes from your cloud infrastructure.
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