Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last decade, you’ve seen cloud computing spread like fire across every industry. You also probably know that the cloud plays a pivotal role when it comes to digital transformation. Whether “the app is the business” is a well-worn subject or not, it doesn’t change the fact that companies are spinning up their apps faster because they can scale, test, and optimize them in real production environments in the cloud. But, like any technology, the cloud isn’t perfect. If it isn’t configured specifically to your application and business needs, you can find yourself dealing with performance issues, unhappy users, and one splitting headache.
On the flip side, developing a successful cloud migration strategy can be a rewarding experience that reverberates across your enterprise. The fact that 48 of the Fortune 50 Corporations have announced plans to adopt the cloud or have done so already speaks to the fact that the cloud isn’t just good for business. It’s a must-have, basic requirement. Like Wi-Fi. And a laptop.
In our new eBook, Good Migrations: Five Steps to Successful Cloud Migration, we focus on the right steps in migration, and also the varying ways enterprises can take those steps. Simply put, no two enterprises — nor their apps — are alike. So there’s no single one-size-fits-all cloud migration plan or solution that works for every enterprise. As for company happy hours? Those seem to work pretty well for everyone.
Here are just a few of the valuable points covered:
Why Migrate at All
Every company has different reasons for migrating to the cloud. So, you do need to ask yourself a few questions about why you want (or need) to move to the cloud. It’s critical that you focus on precisely what it is you need specific to your app and business needs. Define what cloud environment fits your objectives. Determine how you’ll make the move. Plan for every phase: before, during — and yes — after you migrate.
Where Your App Lives Impacts How it Lives
New environments and IT configurations come with new rules. So you’ll scrutinize your app through a different lens after migration. You have to understand every system that connects to and interacts with it. You’re not reinventing the wheel, but you will likely need to modify it. Yes, it’s a time investment, but it’s one that will ultimately save you in the long run.
The Phases of Cloud Migration
Migration is a process that rolls out in phases. Here’s a summary of them:
- Choose your providers: Choose one or several, depending on your needs.
- Assign responsibilities to the providers: Who does what? Who is in control of the app?
- Adjusting the internal configuration: Manage IT expectations and apps that aren’t migrated.
- Getting users on board: If your team isn’t comfortable with the technology and aligned with the change, the migration won’t make a difference.
Rising Currency in the Cloud
Migrating an app or two isn’t going to fetch you the ROI it’s capable of. You need to go big or go home (that is, if you determine that the cloud is appropriate for your enterprise at all). When you implement a cloud migration on a large scale across your enterprise, you can create considerable value. To measure that value you need to set clear goals that can be measured across a variety of operations. In time, you’ll be able to calculate how much time and money your company saves, spends, and earns in the cloud.
Migration is a Journey, Not a Destination
Your apps are never truly complete. You’re always improving them. The same is true with cloud migration. Priorities change. Business inevitably changes. Users change. Like your apps and your business in general, you’ll continue to evaluate your cloud environment, making sure your teams are in alignment, along with tweaking networks and devices.
To learn more so you can make informed decisions, be sure to download the eBook Good Migrations: Five Steps to Successful Cloud Migration.