Accelerating the movement of your business workloads is key to Digital Transformation. Many businesses are moving to the cloud, but you may be asking yourself why, and how, you should make the move yourself.
We’ve taken some of the critical areas you need to consider to give you some guidance.
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Why Migrate To The Cloud?
Moving to the cloud can bring substantial business benefits. Not only can it reduce your overall operational burden of building, running, and maintaining hardware, but it can also reduce the repetitive software installation tasks conducted by your IT department.
The most common IT complaints include slow time to value, incompatible systems, and limited resources. The cloud can remove these constraints, freeing your staff to focus on innovation and growth targets that are valuable to the business.
Getting experts to help you do this can improve your build security and operation. For example, employing an official Microsoft Azure partner to help you with your Azure migration can save you time and money in operational costs for the actual migration.
Identify Workloads For SaaS
Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms are hosted on public cloud servers, so they have usually shared services (Office 365, Adobe Suite, AutoCAD services, etc.).
The top three benefits when moving services onto a SaaS platform are enhanced functionality, increased usability, and a better user interface.
When identifying which workloads to migrate to a SaaS platform, teams must focus on how critical the application is to maintain daily business operations and whether it is crucial enough to warrant a private cloud (see next section).
While some functions are vital to day-to-day operations, keeping them in a private cloud may not be feasible financially or operationally.
Consider Private Cloud For Some Functions
A private cloud could be a choice for modernization while still using a traditional business infrastructure. In using a private cloud, however, cloud migration teams must dial down the project’s complexity to ensure the cost doesn’t outweigh the benefits.
Highly regulated industries may find that private cloud deployments are the best way to fulfill compliance requirements. Other justifications for private cloud implementation include reducing data center space and hosting costs, increasing reliability and availability, or ensuring low network latency.
Align Cloud Outcomes With Business Goals
Within the business operations areas of the company, a move to the cloud must be for a good reason rather than simply “following the trend.”
Making a compelling case for a cloud migration project should consider the business objectives and goals and align them with the project’s key selling points. Highlighting agility, flexibility, scalability, and cost optimization could be a great selling point for leaders within your business.
Tangible reasons for them will include increased business system availability, technical flexibility, reduced security risk, and, most importantly, shorter project times. All of these scream an increase in resources and allow the IT team to focus more on optimizing the functions of the business units rather than maintaining old systems at cost.
Now that you have the why and the how you can start building your strategy!