The cloud has been instrumental in driving the digital shift in the business world. Cloud computing is a critical enabler for innovation, customer experience, and cost reduction.
Most companies are catching on to this. They’re starting to migrate their existing workloads into the private or public cloud.
While the adoption of the cloud is accelerating, many businesses don’t understand the requirements and limitations of cloud consumption. We discussed why cloud migrations don’t go as expected in our previous blog.
In this blog, we’ll build you a roadmap for a successful migration.
Moving your data and applications onto the cloud is a multi-step process. This means you need to plan effectively and ahead of time for a successful migration.
Five considerations for IT and business leaders to ensure successful cloud migration:
1. Hire efficient internal and external IT teams.
Cloud services are in high demand, which has created a shortage of qualified people to do the work. We’ve seenm any companies put their migration projects on hold because they couldn’t find the right personnel on time.
Cloud projects succeed when you and your cloud provider bring their A team to the grid. If you’re not getting the right people, you risk an inferior outcome.
2. Be picky about what goes to the cloud.
Not everything belongs in the cloud.
You can put the most standard line of business apps in the cloud and store unique code apps in-house. Core back-office functions are critical for your business, but these can also differentiate your company from your competitors. Ensure that migrating email, calendars, ERP and HCM, etc. to the cloud doesn’t hurt your business.
3. Innovate and differentiate.
Moving your apps to the cloud means that you’re also refactoring the apps. You can use this as an opportunity to embrace new methodologies and designs — rearchitect as many on-premise apps as possible for a cloud-native design. Here, the app is elastic and scales up and down as required.
For instance, you can containerize your app and run it on Docker. Kubernetes can manage it — most cloud providers offer on-premise and in-cloud services to assist with Kubernetes.
Organizations that succeed at cloud migrations use a fundamentally different nature of cloud technology to innovate. Instead of trying to replicate them, create a new prototype that engages with customers in new ways. You can have new applications for new markets.
4. Build a Cohesive Approach.
You need to approach the cloud strategically — rethink budgets, processes, skills, security, data integration, etc. A successful migration is all about conscious portfolio decisions — what to stick with, what to abandon, and how to refactor applications and leverage the cloud.
When you standardize your approach, your company can reduce both the complexity and costs of management and operations. You risk failing when the scope of the project is too vast, but the timeframe or budget is too small.
You can break your cloud project in stages and adopt an iterative, DevOps-like approach. Once you’re done with one project, move onto the next one.
5. Building a New Data Model
With cloud migration, you get the opportunity to revamp and expand your data model.
For instance, you can move to a more customer-centric model and collect data from multiple different sources. Your old on-premise data might have a simple input from customers, like name and address. However, your new cloud data might draw from social media, IoT devices, and other sources.
As business practices change, data management changes, too. We need to understand that we’re not simply putting our data in the cloud — we’re starting a large change management project.
Want to learn more about cloud migration? Get in touch with our team to talk about your upcoming migration.