The question is not “will we migrate to the cloud” anymore but rather “when are we going to migrate to the cloud” and “are we ready?”.
With the proven benefits of cost-saving, scalability, accessibility, processing power, quicker setup time, ROI, management and security advantages of industry-grade, moving to the cloud is a necessary competitive advantage. If you haven’t moved, chances are that your competitors have already.
What do you need to consider when moving to the cloud?
We’ve put together our top 10 tips to help you on this journey.
1. Check Security and Compliance first
This point can be considered boring, but it could compromise your project, so let’s get it out of the way, shall we? Every country and every organization have rules and regulations when it comes to Cloud. More specifically, governments and organizations are concerned about how data is stored, managed and protected. Often the location of that data storage is even more of a concern: that is called “data residency”. Be sure you check these regulations as the first point of the investigation for your cloud migration.
2. Test your infrastructure
Going Cloud means that your services will now be used from the Internet. So it’s important that you do a few stress tests: First, do you have enough bandwidth in you main offices and subsidiaries? Second, if you provide the cloud service via mobile devices as well, do you have plan for your mobile users data usage? Lastly, do a stress test on your Cloud service provider IP addresses. Your IT department can help you with that.
3. One platform or hybrid?
All the big vendors will tell you that it’s better to have all your eggs in one basket, when it comes to cloud. But it depends on your needs. Nowadays the cloud technology is very mature and most cloud software-houses make it very easy to integrate with other cloud platforms and often even with legacy systems. The call is yours.
4. Think big, start small
It depends on the size of the organisation and the IT landscape, but in general, it’s always more advisable to migrate one system to the cloud, learn from the experience and then scale up. Choose a system that is not business critical, but at the same time not too small. Ideally, you want to sort out your teething problems with a system that involves all aspects of a big company-wide solution, without significant impacts on the business in case you have to sort out rollout issues.
5. Change management and training
Once you decide on the rollout of the cloud platform(s), invest in a training and change management plan. Whatever budget you have in mind, double it. This initiative will significantly impact the adoption rate of the users, and therefore will affect the usage of the new Cloud system, which will eventually change the bottom line and your success rate. Don’t discount this point.
6. Don’t be stuck on your processes
Most cloud technologies rely on industry best-practice and they are updated quarterly or even more often. The experience, successes and mistakes of other companies helped building the cloud software processes in your sector, and you will benefit from it without the cost of going through the same mistakes. In other to do that, you must give up the customization of processes that you’re used to in the old on-premise world. This mind-shift is going to be, by far, the most difficult task you’ll face, especially when you’ll involve all the stakeholders. Start early.
7. Build a business case
Why do you want to migrate to the cloud? What benefits will it bring? What’s going to be the total cost of ownership? What risks will we be facing? These are just some of the questions your stakeholders will ask you. Start planning for a solid business case to present to the board for your migration, and don’t forget the financial metrics.
8. Align to Business Goals
Do yourself a favour and design your cloud migration with your organisation’s business goals in mind. Aligning your cloud migration to your company objectives will convince your sponsors, facilitate financial approval and even make the business stakeholders find time in the busy calendar to participate in meetings for the process mapping.
9. Have all the pieces in place
Your system will not migrate itself, but most of all, even the partner that you will choose will need assistance on your side. Plan the kind of resources that will have to make available for the migration and block their calendars. Also consider that the migration initiative will require a mix of resources from your organisation, who will have to dedicate time to this initiative. Some of them during the migration, some to manage the new system. Don’t forget that during the mapping of the presses you’ll need time form business stakeholders who are notoriously hard to bring on board. Secure their buy-in very early.
10. Speak to other clients
Don’t base your decision on what a vendor says. Try to access the community of users that walked your path before you and speak to them. These communities are usually very friendly and collaborative. This exercise alone can save you many headaches.
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