Helping to make the right choices

Migrating systems to the cloud might seem like an obvious choice for businesses, as it allows them to save time and improve their efficiency. However, it is not always a simple task. Organisations must first understand the impacts it could have on people, processes, systems and infrastructure. So, what are the dos and don’ts of cloud migration projects?

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1. Do’s

Engage the workforce – Leaders should invest time in ensuring that employees are clear about the project’s objectives and the advantages. Once employees are onboard, it’s more likely that the project will succeed

Develop a detailed plan – Create a plan to help to drive maximum value from cloud migration initiatives and avoid any issues cropping up after project delivery. The plan should detail which applications or systems are to be migrated and how daily business disruption can be minimised

Gain external support – Seek the support of experts with experience in helping businesses to carry out migration projects is always a wise move

2. Dont’s

Migrate without testing applications first – It can be tempting to take the bull by the horns and migrate a large number of business areas without testing applications beforehand. However, it may be safer to migrate a small area to begin with. This ensures that the cloud system is performing as it should, before any sensitive data is moved over

‘Shoehorn’ on-site applications for use on the cloud – Not all applications are suitable for use on the cloud. Trying to force them to work on it may stop them from functioning properly

By thoroughly considering how cloud computing will fit into their long-term strategy, and accepting that cloud migration is likely to be a marathon rather than a sprint, businesses can reap the benefits of a successful migration project long into the future.