Business customers’, consumers’, and employees’ expectations are evolving rapidly. To stay relevant and competitive, businesses need a flexible technology infrastructure that allows them to constantly reinvent how they serve their customers and employees.
With the Cloud promising to deliver unparalleled levels of agility, plus many other benefits, businesses of all sizes want to migrate. However, there are several peculiar challenges of moving to the Cloud you must prepare for.
Six Challenges of Moving to the Cloud
Adapting people and processes
If you’re familiar with the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Framework, you’ll know that Cloud technology cannot guarantee success on its own. Suppose your people are not open to and positive about change. In that case, it is unlikely they will use the new technology to adapt processes and services in a meaningful way that delivers a competitive advantage. Therefore, getting everyone on board and excited for the journey before your migration is essential.
Time and cost
Cloud migrations are complex, and if you’ve never been involved in one before, you don’t know what you don’t know. Businesses often underestimate the project’s scope, which leads to unrealistic time frames, inaccurate costs and over promised financial outcomes. Setting accurate expectations from the get-go ensures there are no surprises that risk upending the project.
Security and compliance
When a business migrates to the Cloud, it often has to comply with new standards, acquire new licenses and change its compliance approvals, including developing a comprehensive security clearance system incorporating different user access levels. The consequences of getting this wrong are significant, so working with a proven managed services provider (MSP) that can implement a robust cyber security strategy is a great way to minimise risk.
Choosing the right services
To maximise your ROI and ensure a sustained competitive advantage, you must get the right foundations for your new IT environment without overspending. However, the number of Cloud services on the market grows daily, and it’s often hard to know which ones align with your business and strategic requirements. For example, Microsoft Teams Voice lets all your employees make phone calls through Teams-enabled devices. Depending on your business’ needs, you may be able to make all your calls through this Team add-on and vastly reduce the cost of your business telephony.
Choosing the right strategy
Based on their needs and risk profile, businesses must decide how best to migrate to the Cloud. A non-optimal approach could negatively impact productivity and ROI and even increase risk. For example, ‘lift and shift’ may seem the fastest way. Still, it will not be appropriate if your applications have compatibility issues or the runtime environment differs from the cloud environment. Therefore, it is critical to understand your existing data, scalability requirements, compatibility issues and obsolete components before deciding on your roadmap.
Hiring extra personnel
If your business has relied on legacy technology, your IT team likely needs upskilling with current Cloud knowledge before you migrate. Additionally, it makes sense to consider whether your team can implement a complex and time-consuming data migration without sacrificing the performance of your existing systems. Alternatively, consider bridging the skills and capacity gap by working with an MSP with Cloud expertise.
Getting Cloud Migration Right
Right The challenges of migrating to the Cloud can feel overwhelming, but you can easily overcome them and benefit from the massive productivity, security, agility and cost-related benefits it offers. Get in touch with a member of the team to talk about how we could support you on your end-to-end journey and help to maximise your business outcomes.