Are you thinking about bringing your business to the cloud, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Well, the editors at Solutions Review have pieced together a handy guide for your cloud strategy. An organized and well thought out plan is absolutely essential to ensure your move to the cloud yields the greatest ROI for your organization. By following these steps, your organization can outline and create an effective roadmap to a successful move to the cloud.
Assemble a Team
By gathering your top notch experts and stakeholders in the cloud implementation process, you can ensure that you meet all the requirements possible. Figure out who needs to be involved, engage them, enlist their help, and create a schedule for meetings and updates.
It’s tough to make progress, when you don’t know where you’re headed. Setting some goals, both short-term and long term, will give you a good idea of your progress and allow you a better understanding of when you’re falling off track.
Take a Bimodal Approach to Cloud Strategy Planning
Gartner recommends taking a bimodal approach to cloud migration. This means that one part of an organization is responsible for ‘reliable IT” (safety and efficiency) while the other part takes the “agile IT” approach, which focuses on flexibility.
Consider a Multi-Cloud Approach
You should make sure to know your options for cloud infrastructure and how these options best meet the needs of your organization. You may find that it doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense to run all of your applications on the same cloud.
Address Any Security Concerns
Security is possibly the most frightening part of a cloud migration. That being said, many organizations actually improve their data security by switching to cloud storage. Make sure to listen to any security concerns that departments may have and learn how address them.
Be Aware of Migration Timelines
Your cloud migration process should somewhat depend on schedules and timelines. This way, it is much easier to track your progress and adjust accordingly. Determine benchmarks that define success or failure, it’s unrealistic to expect your migration to proceed perfectly. That being said, this doesn’t mean you should ignore the scope or scale of mistakes and setbacks.
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