Before you move to the cloud, understand your outcomes and key motivations for wanting or needing to migrate. Some motivations may include budget, timeline, technology, innovation, and growth.
Moving to the cloud is expensive and complicated, two project characteristics that are a company’s least favorite things. Therefore, choosing the right systems integrator or professional services firm is one the most important decisions you will make. There are 3 types of firms; those that operate as factories and will try to move your systems in large numbers without consideration for the impact to your company, those that have only one cloud solution and as a result can place you into the wrong cloud for your needs, and those that operate as a partner. It is critical to find a firm that is willing to partner to understand your core business, desired outcomes, and motivation with a history of success and collaboration. Choosing a partner who invests the time and energy you deserve, will pay off in the long run.
Choosing the right cloud platform(s) for your company is crucial before you migrate to the cloud. Each platform has advantages, and you should use the one that brings you the greatest advantage both now and in the future. Do not just choose the first platform you see, do research to determine which cloud platform(s) fits your business needs, will be the easiest for you to use, and makes sense for long-term growth.
One of the greatest lessons you can take away about cloud migration is to build the architecture and the foundation before you start moving your applications. If the foundation where you place your applications is not strong, it will cause inconsistent results, performance, and reliability. If you move before the build is complete, you can see significant errors and the structure could cause you to start again from scratch. Laying out Architecture, growth, connectivity, security, and governance early will play a key role in for near- and long-term success.
Migrating to the cloud is an exciting and rewarding process, but it takes time, understanding and collaboration. Review partners and cloud platforms understand the cloud and why migrating can benefit your company and overall choose the best solution for your team!