You can’t escape the fact that IT systems – both software and hardware – tend to get out of date and require high maintenance costs very fast. You can invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a large project and just three years later you will have to re-invest the same amount over again. This makes migrating to the cloud a very important option to consider.
In most cases, migrating to the cloud opens a whole new set of services – like DRP, backups, better security, regulations and certifications and more – and ensures that you are always up to date without re-investing all that time and money.
So it makes sense that many of you would be considering making the move to cloud, but where do you start? To help you with this question, I have mapped out the 6 key steps that you need to take when migrating to the cloud and this blog post will review the first 3.
This is toughest of the six steps, and unfortunately there are no shortcuts.
Some of the things that you need to look at are:
Other things that you will need to ensure that you look at in your current environments are: customizations, actual costs, compliance, documentation, spaghetti application architectures, growth plans, and DRP.
After you’ve mapped your current environment you need to find candidates for migration among those services that you have already mapped, e.g. your finance software, your CRM, your email services, or perhaps even your hardware.
You must then evaluate the complexity of the migration, and not just the change itself, you need to consider your users as well:
Other internal considerations are:
Remember to make your selection for migration wisely, if your migration fails it is unlikely that you will get a second chance to migrate other services.
Once you have decided upon what you are going to migrate and in what order, it’s time to determine which vendor you are going to work with. Some of the things that you need to consider when selecting a vendor are:
You’ll also need to look at things such as: data transfer (the migration process); vendor data storage plans and locations; service level agreements (including upgrade and maintenance schedules). And always remember to check things with a lawyer when it comes to specific policies and the overall proposed agreement.
You may also want to consider working with local partners. It can be highly beneficial to work with somebody who has already been through the process.
Now that I’ve talked you through the first 3 steps what are your thoughts? Do you have any questions about any particular steps? Are the steps as you expected? Please post any questions in the comment sections and I will gladly answer them.
Next week I will publish the second half of this blog with the final 3 steps and tips, which are:
Make sure you check back next week, to ensure that you have all 6 essential steps to ensure a successful migration to the cloud.