Why Can’t We Migrate To The Cloud Ourselves?

Migrating involves moving your data, applications, and other technology solutions from your onsite location to the Cloud.  But it’s much more than this.  Every cloud migration is different. It takes skill and expertise to customize your migration to align with your current and future operations and goals.

Why Is Migrating So Complicated?

Migrating your infrastructure to the Cloud is a detailed process that requires careful planning. Problems like interoperability conflicts, security issues, and unanticipated application modifications can present significant bottlenecks. To ensure a seamless and effective transition requires a pre-planned and well-thought-out migration strategy.

Will Our Leadership Be Involved?

When undertaken correctly, the migration process should prompt you to reassess your processes, IT architecture, user roles, and overall technology goals.  Doing this will ensure you get the most from today’s cloud-based technologies.

Although you shouldn’t undertake a migration on your own, you and your leadership will be integrally involved.  The Migration Specialist will consult with and involve you and your designated representatives before, during, and after the migration.

What’s Involved In The Migration Process?

  • Communication – You will be part of the evaluation, assessment, and entire process from start to finish. Effective communication is a critical piece of any successful cloud migration project. After all, you know your business best and what you need from the Cloud.
  • Initial Assessment and Checklist – Cloud migrations can come with risks if you aren’t prepared. To prevent a disaster like lost data, or applications that don’t integrate correctly, your migration specialist will map out a strategy and plan for contingencies. He will devise a checklist to ensure everything that needs to be included is migrated successfully.  The checklist should include a plan for unanticipated problems and any expenses that may result if things don’t go as planned.  This is like a strategic IT roadmap but is specialized for the migration.  It will ensure business continuity during the migration and that your short and long-term goals are met.
  • Mitigate Potential Issues No matter if you’re migrating from an on-premises infrastructure or from one cloud environment to another, the process is fraught with risks. Things like compliance issues and security gaps must be mitigated, along with functionality and performance issues. Yet, for most businesses, the benefits of migrating to the Cloud outweigh the work involved to overcome these risks.
  • The Process – A cloud migration can be a tedious process with many steps and adjustments along the way. While a pre-planned strategy can simplify the integration, you must consider issues like performance, application design, governance and policies, and third-party applications. Your migration specialist will liaison with your cloud provider to optimize the migration of your system into the new cloud ecosystem.
  • Evaluation – The evaluation ensures a successful implementation and migration to the Cloud. It identifies any issues that could have impeded 100% success, resolves them, and assures the value delivered by the Cloud solution is realized to its fullest potential.

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