Cloud migration is a key focus for IT and business strategies, with 94% of business leaders currently using cloud services for their technology initiatives.
Moving to the cloud, or cloud migration, is the transition of an organisation’s data, applications, workloads, and IT infrastructure from an on-premise environment to a chosen cloud host. Cloud technology can be delivered via a public, private, or hybrid cloud model. This offers flexibility and scalability to businesses. Cloud migration allows businesses to leverage expertise and resources from cloud service providers too.
Moving to cloud is not so much an issue for organisations as it is to rapidly adopt new cloud-based services and products.
There are a number of challenges that come with migrating to cloud and adopting subsequent services.
Research finds that 69% of business leaders still don’t have a clearly-defined cloud strategy.
Acting on incomplete or unclear strategies is always going to lead to failure. Defining a strategy for moving to cloud for desired outcomes can be difficult in large organisations where departments are unaware of their implications on the rest of the organisation.
The maturity of cloud solutions is a barrier to adoption. Organisations feel they should wait until a service has been tried and tested before diving in to mitigate any risks associated with investing in ‘immature’ technology.
Perhaps the largest challenge with migrating to cloud is the availability of the required skills and knowledge to do so.
The skills shortage (as discussed on this page) is a global issue, with an amplified focus on technical skills. Finding people with the knowledge of existing systems and workloads, combined with a working knowledge of the chosen cloud platform is important to success, but is easier said than done.
Understanding how systems can be replicated, moved, or integrated will need to be considered in the cloud strategy with the availability of skills in mind. How will this challenge be overcome?
The solution to the challenges surrounding cloud migration is not necessarily simple, requiring specific skills and expertise; understanding of the platform and applications.
Having a clear strategy for cloud migration is the first step, not just for a single department, but for a whole organisation when looking to implement a cloud solution. Having measurable outcomes will help dictate if the migration and chosen cloud provider was successful.
Departments may choose a specific cloud platform to fit their needs, but this needs to align with the organisational strategy and offer scalability should strategies change in the future.
Finding a third-party supplier with expertise in cloud migration:
Responsiv Cloud Platforms are developed using industry leading products trusted by world leading organisations. There is no ‘immaturity’ here. Responsiv Cloud can be hosted on Azure, AWS, or any designated hosting provider as part of a managed service. This means Responsiv (Assist) take control of managing and maintaining the platform in cases of patches, faults, or just routine maintenance.
Responsiv Consulting provides business and technical skills and expertise. These skills can be utilised in getting advice over business decisions, or most popularly, defining and developing business processes. Our technical consultants have in-depth experience using a range of technologies and products, meaning they can develop, build and deploy solutions unique to the customer.
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