July 29, 2019 // By Robert Sirchia
There are plenty of reasons to migrate your organization’s applications to the cloud: cost savings, streamlined operations, redeployment of resources, and more. And there’s often only one barrier: it seems hard. That’s where a technology partner can be invaluable. The process doesn’t have to mystifying and confusing. And the payoff to your business can be profound.
Here are five tips to consider as you plan your cloud migration.
Put Security First
Security should be an ongoing conversation between your security team and you cloud provider. As new threats arise, close collaboration between your team and provider is needed to ensure not only that the platform is secured but the apps you are putting on the platform are as well.
Try Not to Be Intimidated by the Process
Cloud-migration is complicated but it doesn’t have to be scary. What it requires is close coordination between product owners and development teams. Constructive conversations about which apps should be moved and which should be deprecated are critical.
Think About the Value of Redeploying Your IT Staff
One of the upsides of cloud migration is how it will allow you to use your staff differently, and more efficiently. For many companies, the job of IT workers historically has been to maintain servers, troubleshoot office equipment and generally keep everything up and running. Perhaps that’s how you use IT staff now. Cloud migration can help you transition to something more impactful. Once completed it’s likely that you can tap your IT talent to help your company leverage the latest technology and drive innovation. Cloud migration can help you unburden your IT teams from mundane tasks and focus them on strategic goals.
Embrace the Benefits of Scaling
The ability to scale to meet your customers’ needs is a great opportunity for your organization to receive return on investment. If your applications are truly cloud-native there is a cost savings to be had when running your apps in the cloud.
Make Sure Everyone Is on the Same Page
The more buy-in for a cloud-migration that you are able to achieve throughout an organization can pay big dividends over the long haul. Teams that don’t want to move their apps to the cloud could create tensions and strife. Work to avoid that. Make migration a company-wide initiative. Don’t confine it strictly to leadership or tech departments. And don’t migrate just some of your apps, which may not be better than leaving them in your data center. Strive to become truly cloud-native, which will allow you to fully leverage all the features of the cloud.
Magenic can help your business design new applications built for the cloud, modernize legacy applications for cloud-native storage, or replatform existing applications to the cloud. Reach out to learn more about our cloud readiness assessment and how it can provide your organization a roadmap to the cloud.