Cloud migration varies widely depending on systems and organisation scale, budgets, technologies and services, timescales, and other factors. However, all such migrations face many uncertainties, pivotal questions, and challenges. Here are eight key challenges to consider:
1. Choosing a Provider
This is a bit like, “How long is a piece of string?” Make the job of picking cloud providers a little easier by nailing down some key conditions.
How much experience does your company have with cloud services and system migration? The less experience available to you, the more a larger, more comprehensive offering is attractive. A provider that holds your hand, at least initially, can pay great dividends.
2. Choosing a Platform
Your choice of technology platform will essentially be driven by the questions you need to ask as part of the process of narrowing down the potential providers, above. Your existing services, particularly those you will migrate in the initial phases of your strategy, will dictate the platforms to which you move. Don’t forget, however, that cloud migration needs to be seen as a big opportunity to review and revamp your corporate mindset and technology in order to capitalise on everything cloud has to offer.
The amount of cost in terms of money and time you have available for migration versus how much will be required, depending on the strategy you set, will further help shape the look of potential providers. As you start to formulate a strategy, compare and contrast the questions of which provider, which platform(s), and costs.
4. Human Resources
What in-house skills and experience can you call on to help form your migration strategy, choose providers/platforms, and manage the move? Is up-skilling required? Can you offer staff the incentive of further training as part of the migration? As unpalatable as it may feel in human terms, do you need to consider redundancy as a result of a competent migration strategy?
You cannot implement an effective migration until you’ve set a strategy. The first element of your strategy must be your assessment of areas such as those mentioned above. Use these, and any other critical factors you identify, as anchor points to help frame your strategy and ensure you don’t go off-track.
6. Where to Start?
Start at the beginning! That’s the easy answer and yes, it sounds trite, but in essence, risk management is vital. Start by migrating non-critical services. The initial feedback and experience will prove invaluable. Don’t forget to use this to revamp your strategy, if necessary.
7. Avoiding Hype
Don’t get suckered into glossy offerings. Migration assessment, decisions, and strategy must be based on facts, not powerful sounding buzzwords. If necessary, insist on being convinced of the business case for adopting any particular aspect of cloud services.
Finally, remember the over-riding importance of security considerations. Especially as you migrate to infrastructure controlled, at least in part, by other companies, security issues must be understood and addressed.
These are just some of the key challenges involved in cloud migration. At CustomTec, we have the knowledge and skills to help guide you through many of these challenges. Contact us today to find out more.