Cloud computing is often cited for its simplicity and agility, promoting the perception that migration is a hands-off process for the enterprise in question. While transitions to off-premise environments are indeed streamlined by the centralized nature of cloud architecture, the most effective projects are marked by involvement from several sources of input and guidance. A successful cloud migration needs to be carefully coordinated between executive teams, IT leadership, third-party solutions providers and end-users across the organization.
While many companies have blindly tossed their hats into the cloud computing ring, moving servers and applications off premises with abandon, too few consider the long-term cost and operational implications of their decisions before pulling the trigger. According to a recent article from tech news provider Processor, not all legacy assets are built for the cloud, making the assessment and evaluation process especially important when launching a migration initiative. Without these key planning steps, companies may encounter compatibility obstacles, as well as adoption roadblocks.
"Not all applications are cloud-ready," said Dan Kusnetzky, analyst and founder of the Kusnetzky Group, the source noted. "Does the enterprise understand how data located on-premises can be accessed from the cloud-hosted application? Can on-premises applications access data in the service provider's data center?"
By consulting with a variety of groups within the organization and beyond the office walls, project leaders can enter the cloud environment with greater confidence and a firm grasp of the core objectives of the initiative. This not only minimizes the risks associated with off-premise deployments, but can build support among stakeholders and end-users during the implementation process.
To avoid jumping the gun on a cloud migration, business leaders must remember to pump the brakes when it comes to planning and procuring their system layouts. This can be done by establishing critical success factors (CSFs), key performance indicators (KPIs) and other project benchmarks that serve as signposts along the way to the final destination. Christian Perry, senior analyst and content manager at Technology Business Research explained to Processor that exercising such restraint can bring decision-makers in closer alignment with cloud best practices.
"The lure of saving money through cloud services is strong, but past history has shown that leveraging cloud resources without proper research can easily end in frustration at best and business disaster at worst," Perry told the news source.
With interdepartmental coordination, third-party support and a comprehensive benchmark roadmap, businesses can realize their cloud dreams with greater efficiency and precision.
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