Moving your business’s IT infrastructure to the cloud can be a shrewd move in today’s business environment. A successful cloud migration can reduce technical problems and limit your costs to the computing resources you actually use. As with most big system changes, though, there are potential pitfalls. Let’s look at the common mistakes that companies make when migrating to the cloud, so you can avoid them:
1. Don’t Try to Move Everything at Once
Many executives become enchanted with the idea of the cloud and rush to migrate their company’s whole IT system. Cloud migration is a complex process though. Each app needs to be migrated or replaced, and departments need to adjust their human processes for each new setup. Try to do too much too fast and you’re likely to temporarily cripple your operations.
2. Decide Which Apps to Migrate and Which to Replace
Not all apps are suitable for migration. Your company email system, for example, might be better replaced by a system that’s designed for the cloud.
3. Trust the Experts
Whether it’s the IT service provider that you picked to run your cloud services or an outside consultant, you need to consult a technical expert. Migrating a business’ systems to the cloud is a complex process with many traps for the unwary. Let your expert help you decide which services are worth moving and let them manage the transition for you.
Too often, executives run into technical problems when overseeing the migration and blame it on “the cloud.” This leads them to avoid using potentially profitable cloud services in the future.
4. Plan for Compliance
If you operate in an industry where there are legal compliance regulations, find out how moving data and systems to the cloud could affect your compliance. Health-related and financial services need to pay particular attention to this.
5. Consult with All Departments before Migrating
Find out from all employees how migrating apps or data will affect their workflows. New systems may operate differently, meaning some departments need extra support while they adjust. If you don’t plan for this, your company’s operations will be disrupted.
6. Plan for Moving Large Amounts of Data
Storing and accessing data in the cloud can be significantly cheaper than keeping it on premise. But you may have overlooked the work involved in the initial transfer process.
Transferring large amounts of data can be time-consuming and can add significantly to your wage bill in the short term. If you have terabytes of data, either factor this in or discuss other solutions with your cloud provider. You may be able to ship them your servers for example.
7. Don’t Scrap Your Old IT Hardware
After migrating to the cloud, many companies throw away their old IT hardware or even pay someone to remove it. But there’s a huge market for used IT equipment. Selling your old servers, for example, can help you recoup some of the cost of migration.
- Migrating to the cloud is a complex process that you shouldn’t rush.
- Use technical experts to help you figure out which apps to migrate and which to replace; also to help manage the transfer.
- Plan for costs and interruptions created by migration.
- Prior to moving systems, consult all departments on the impact it will cause.
At CustomTec, we’re ready to help your business with cloud migration. Contact us to learn more about our company and how our team of experts can successfully move your data and systems to the cloud.