There are several benefits of moving your applications to the cloud. You can improve security, data access, scalability and IT flexibility. The more widely quoted benefit is the cost savings. But do all cloud deployments go as expected?
Any company that moves to the cloud set high expectations from it. However, migrations can take more time than expected or fail altogether.
Even some app fails to work after being migrated into the cloud. All you can do in this scenario is to migrate back to the data center.
But where do you think lies the problem? Is this failure of technology? — Not in reality!
The problem lies in the approach.
Here we discuss the five leading causes because of which cloud migrations fail:
Cannot Adapt to the Cloud
The common mistake most organizations commit is — they let their apps run the same way in the cloud as it did on-premises.
However, on-premise consumes resources at the peak, while the cloud utilizes resources when you need and give them back when you don’t. Also, you need to understand that traditional apps are usually not built with the level of autonomy and orchestration to leverage the cloud.
Sometimes customers forget that every bit they run on a public cloud is metered — which means you pay for it. They even let unmodified apps run on the cloud — consuming high computing cycles. As a result, you find huge bills a month later.
You cannot migrate every app to the cloud. Find the right ones. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and expense, only to return back to on-premises.
Not Involving all the Stakeholders
Any successful project depends on how well it was governed. This means you should involve everyone affected by the migration to the migration project.
However, IT departments tend to overlook the importance of discussion with the rest of the departments. But basic project management demands that you should involve everyone who will bear some impact.
So, check with the right people and ensure they’re steering your project by providing the right information. For instance, a change in the process because of the cloud migration can have a direct impact on the supply chain leading to sales overhaul. The entire dynamic shift will influence the customer experience. If your team isn’t prepared, they’ll not be able to meet the new demands of the customers.
Setting Impractical Expectations
Cloud can deliver significant benefits — speed, agility, cost reduction, scalability, and so much more. However, there are some legitimate risks, as well.
If you want to gain maximum benefits from cloud deployment, avoid falling into hype cycles.
Set realistic expectations for what you can achieve with the cloud. Your leadership may expect to save money with the cloud — but you should understand that cloud infrastructure only replaces servers, not your IT people.
You cannot get rid of all of your DBAs, security ops, service desk engineers, and other software experts by just moving to the cloud. If you’re running a hybrid cloud, you will still need hardware support for the physical assets you will be holding onto.
Don’t have the Right Skillset
Cloud needs high expertise and the right approach. You cannot work with the public cloud or hybrid cloud with the outdated skills – ITIL framework, monolithic applications, operational silos, etc.
You need cloud competence and new skills to manage cloud platforms that come with a dynamic infrastructure, automation, micro-services, and so on. Understand that cloud is a new technology, and it will only help if you attract, train, and retain skilled talent.
You did not find the right IT provider
Successful cloud migrations are not accomplished alone. An IT partner can assist with the best approaches to cloud migration.
However, you should only partner with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) after careful deliberation and research. Get help from your network of peers in your industry and take as many references as you can.
You should not merely find a company that has tech capabilities. Look for a firm that has change management capabilities as well. An experienced MSP can help you — identify the best applications to move on the cloud, integrate legacy systems and cloud services.
At Keeran Networks, we help our clients plan and execute the cloud migration perfectly, working with efficient hybrid or multi-cloud strategy. If you need to learn more, get in touch with our team.