More and more businesses today are discovering the power of cloud-based solutions, and are thus making the shift. Businesses that want to leverage the benefits of cloud migration should thoroughly plan their migration strategy to make the most of this game-changing solution. While popular, cloud migration should be given ample thought and planning for it to become a truly revolutionary business solution.
Too many companies jump onto the bandwagon without first considering the implications. Here are some of the key issues businesses encounter during cloud migration, which often lead to failed integrations and other consequences.
Lack of strategy
Moving to the cloud isn’t something that you should do on a whim. It is important to sit down and devise a transition strategy. Otherwise, you may experience a disorganized and inefficient migration, which can hurt your business’s ability to normalize operations in an expedient manner.
Businesses that intend to migrate to the cloud would be best served by devising a thorough migration plan before doing any actual file transfers. Audit your current infrastructure to establish timeframes and identify which systems need to be integrated with each other. Most businesses that migrate to the cloud also take this opportunity to integrate a better enterprise resource management (ERP) software, which is a good way to smoothly transition to a cloud environment.
It may be wise to assume that many services have vendor lock-in setups that force users to stay in-brand. This lock-in agreement can, however, limit your business’s flexibility, especially if it includes an exclusive usage period. Getting tied down to this kind of setup can lead to a contentious relationship with your provider, not to mention inefficient operations and limited information and control of all your business data.
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Clarify lock-in information with your vendor or managed services provider (MSP) to avoid unwanted surprises. Before committing to one vendor or provider, it would be prudent to first make a thorough survey of the MSP landscape and compare their different services, entry and exit strategies, and other ancillary products. Secondly, be on the lookout for unscrupulous vendors that not only have long lock-in periods but also have discreet auto-renew policies. Always read the fine print.
This is the biggest worry for most CIOs whenever the idea of cloud migration is broached. In fact, many enterprises have been documented to get cold feet in the middle of moving their important data to a third-party provider.
What the greater public should understand is that cloud services are powered by more advanced systems, which include security measures comprised of both proactive and reactive protocols and policies to ensure that your data receives the utmost protection. Microsoft, in particular, has taken big steps to beef up the security systems of their cloud-based services such as storage and ERP solutions, which means that your local Azure or Dynamics 365 vendor can truly ensure that your files will be in good hands.
The true costs of cloud migration are a legitimate fear among big and small businesses. Big and small businesses legitimately fear to spend an exorbitant amount of money on the true costs of cloud migration. Migrating without fully understanding your business’s position can lead to exponential costs, most notably the final bill after the migration process has been completed. What’s more, there are still many other costs to consider, including the maintenance of infrastructure and the like.
A good way to solve this problem is by conducting a comprehensive total cost of ownership (TCO) audit so that you know the complete costs of migration and operation. This way, you can set realistic expectations and prepare accordingly. You should also look for a provider that is honest, reputable, and transparent.
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