We’re at a stage where moving to the cloud is no longer taboo, no longer the hype and no longer feared. It is just the way towards the future to make your business more agile, more scalable and more dynamic.
But for an organisation who has never done this before, what do they need to consider? How do they go about the process? How does this affect costs? Who then owns the data? Can their ISP handle the load? How will this affect performance? How do we create an architecture so that this all works? What are the changes that we need to make to support the new operating model?
With all these things to consider it may be daunting for a company to transition, but by considering these points, there is a very high chance of a successful and fruitful migration.
Find People You Trust
Of course moving to the cloud is not a one size fits all approach (as much as some vendors might want to say it is). Depending on your industry sector, and size of the organisation, different systems will have particular strengths and weaknesses which will impact on the likely success of your project. The choice of a consulting and implementation partner that you trust is by far the most important selection to make into properly implementing a cloud solution. Architecture and the planning process is the first step towards a successful cloud migration and without the right advice from a trustworthy partner to guide you in the right direction, with your company’s best interests at heart, results may be catastrophic.
This again will differ from organisation to organisation and it will be largely dependant on size and preference. Planning for this with your selected partner or consultant will give you a sound understanding of how much to move into the cloud and how commercially viable it is. Once the plan is clear and there is a transparent understanding of the nature of costs involved, organisations will no longer get ‘bill shocked’ or have bills in which were unexpected.
Data security and ownership
Many organisations question the security of becoming cloud based as well as the ownership of the data once it is moved to the cloud. This point is valid as many organisations deal with highly sensitive data which needs to be kept secure. Not only that, but data retrieval costs may be a concern for some so to be aware of this upfront can save you the shock of this if that time does come to move your data from the cloud. With the help of your partner and consultants, it will be beneficial to have a risk mitigation strategy outlined for your project in moving to the cloud. This can include the terms for data ownership, disaster recovery and where your data is backed up.
Consider what services and products you will be using and whether this amount of workload can be supported where cloud demands fast, stable internet connections. Although more and more applications are developed to reduce latency and improve performance, dependent on the software used, latency of apps may also be something to consider when choosing to move to the cloud. Again with the help of your chosen partner and consultant, they will be able to advise the best way forward for your success.
To migrate fully to the cloud is definitely transformational and a huge change in the way a business works. Ultimately, in order for such a large shift to occur, these are the top 4 things to consider for any viable company or business owner, to ensure success and reliability.