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Ready to Move to the Cloud?

Be aware of 4 of the common mistakes Companies tend to make, so you can avoid making them during your cloud migration.

 

Moving to the cloud requires a solid strategy. If you rush your migration you will more than likely make a mistake.

In recent years, more and more businesses have moved to “the cloud”. Whilst transitioning to the cloud results in greater security, flexibility and accessibility for businesses in every industry, to ensure the migration goes well, businesses must be aware of a number of obstacles when making the switch.

Read on to:

  • Learn why Strategy is important
  • Understand Migration timelines
  • Find out What Costs there are to Consider
  • Is your data Secure?

1. Not Building a Strategy

Too often Businesses jump into cloud migrations without a solid strategy.

Businesses should know why they want to migrate. It shouldn’t move just because everyone else is doing it.  They must also understand whether the shift will really benefit the business or not. There should be a meaningful driver behind the decision.  Perhaps the need is for systems to be available for not only office workers, but road or home base employees too.  Perhaps the current hardware is old and out of support, therefore the cost to replace existing kit vs cloud solutions could also be a key influencer behind the decision.

However, you don’t have to move all functionality to the cloud. It doesn’t need to be all or nothing! Your infrastructure could work very well in what we call Hybrid mode.  Some applications will make sense in the cloud while others might not be worth it.  Choose whatever makes sense for YOUR Business, and then you can tailor the perfect cloud solution for you.

Lastly, don’t forget about your employees.  The move from a traditional server-based infrastructure to cloud based offerings involves different ways of working.  Users need to be on board and aware of your plans and why.

 

2. Trying to Rush the Migration

It’s okay to start small! In fact, it is recommended.

Faster doesn’t mean better.  In fact, moving too fast will more than likely result in unpredicted issues, creating bad user experiences.

The best approach is to start by moving a non-critical application to the cloud first.  Choose something that will still make a positive business impact, but something that isn’t mission critical.

This staged pace allows you to learn more about the cloud as you go, not to mention ensuring your employees aren’t thrown in the deep end with a complete change of processes, overnight.

Migrating in phases not only mitigates risk but also helps track down any issues. If you were to move everything at once, you could be left debugging the entire system, if an issue arises.

 

3. Not Considering the Cost

Understand all the factors that contribute towards the costs before making the move.  Choosing the lowest-cost provider is the most common mistake Businesses make.

Cloud platforms often appear cheaper than on-premises solutions, which require substantial upfront investment.  And whilst Cloud services are generally billed monthly, Businesses must factor in hidden fees, such as additional support and training, spam filtering and security, when they build their budget.

So while cost is always going to be a factor, Businesses also need to consider performance, compliance, security and uptime, to name a few.


4. Failing to Secure Data

The odds of experiencing a data breach are one in four, making security a top priority for most Businesses moving to the cloud. However, cost can become such a concern that security can slip off the radar; don’t make this mistake—it leaves the door open for disaster!

When signing up with a cloud provider, you are basically outsourcing infrastructure security to a third party and putting your trust in them.  So before you do this, make sure you review their security protocols carefully and be sure they align with your internal policies.

The majority of cloud providers specialise in business, but you will find some that offer special services to certain organisations, or they may cater specifically to government entities that require certain compliance conditions; other providers are considered “full service” and can provide the necessary protections to organizations of all types.

Be sure to check and ask the question!

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