Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Cloud Migration
The overnight transition to remote working has been a lesson in needing infrastructure that’s flexible, scalable, and reliable. Successful deployments go beyond just a migration. They require a cohesive, phased strategy, leadership, and bullet-proof security.
Right now, we’re watching businesses trying to catch up on their cloud strategies. There are some simple steps to avoid when you’re leading a successful cloud migration from failing to put a cloud-first culture in place through to data protection strategies. We’ll unpack these for you here to ensure your deployment’s a success.
1: Migrating to the cloud without a business goal:
This sounds obvious that we get so many inquiries about migrating to the cloud because companies “think they should.” Bringing the cloud into your business infrastructure has to have a well-defined business purpose as does transitioning your data. What do you want from your cloud migration?
Get clear on organizational pain points so you know how cloud becomes part of this strategy. Are you looking to shift your remote working policies over the long term? Are you looking at prioritizing agility within the business? Is this about taking costs out of a legacy server? Each of these require different strategies to deliver a successful deployment. Being clear from the outset is essential.
2: Not creating a cloud-first culture:
Transitioning to the cloud is as much about a cultural shift as a technical one. It will ultimately change the way your business works, beyond IT to operations, finance, HR and of course, communications. Buy in for this change has to come from the top, working closely with your IT leads to map out the business impact as you move over to the cloud whether you’re looking at a hybrid or complete solution. It requires future-focused leadership.
We always recommend understanding the component parts of drivers, the risks as well as the changes cloud platforms enable. Listen to your IT teams as they create a communications plan to ensure the business understands and leverages new cloud capabilities, cloud applications to get the most out of your cloud investment.
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