Although the cloud is rapidly becoming a permanent fixture in the IT landscape, companies are still determining whether migrating to a distributed computing architecture is the right move for them. They can rest assured that the cloud lowers costs and boosts efficiency levels.
However, in order to reap the maximum benefits of the cloud, best practices should be followed to ensure that the migration goes smoothly. Read on to learn what you should keep in mind when moving to the cloud.
Before you get started, it’s important to ask yourself why you’re migrating to the cloud in the first place. That might seem like a ridiculous question – “The cloud has so many benefits,” you say. “Why wouldn’t we take advantage of them?”
When you don’t know exactly what you want out of a given technology, you’re not going to gain any benefits. Simply because something like the cloud comes around doesn’t mean you should automatically embrace it. Gaining a deeper understanding of what you want out of it will yield the benefits you seek.
Migrating to the cloud doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. Moreover, you don’t have to migrate everything at once.
Knowing what assets you own, and what assets are best suited to migrate to the cloud at this point in time, means you will get greater ROI for your efforts. You’ll also have a faster, smoother migration process.
The cloud is a technology that can leverage digital transformation. As such, your processes have to change accordingly.
If you’re using heavily manual processes now, you need to prepare your workforce for the shift to automation. Your cloud migration (or any other technological transformations, for that matter) will fall flat if people continue doing things the way they’ve always done.
Ideally, the cloud will make your business run more efficiently and more profitably. However, you should also consider what kind of impact the migration would have on the rest of your business.
For example, will the migration affect your customers? If so, is that effect going to be negative (such as an outage), and if it will be negative, how long will the impact last for? Will your suppliers be affected, too? Answer these questions before the migration takes place so that it can go smoothly and hassle-free.
Migrating your applications to the cloud will only be a success if the applications work once they’ve been moved. In order to ensure that your applications work post-migration, you have to test them.
When it comes to testing, you should determine how you’re going to test your applications well in advance. The testing process must be well-documented so that there isn’t any uncertainty later on, and you can refer back to that documentation to figure out what went wrong.