According to the report of IDC, almost half of IT spending will be on cloud-based in 2019, reaching 60% of overall IT infrastructure as well as 60–70% of all the software, services and technology spending by 2020. Cloud is undoubtedly the hottest topic in today’s business world for it brings organizations agility and capabilities to embrace changes and innovation.
Despite cloud adoption is an obvious trend, companies still struggle when it comes to planning and executing a successful migration. Before you kick start a cloud migration, make sure that you’re familiar with the process of it.
The process of migration is simply divided into 3 phases: assessment & planning, migration, and manage & optimize. To start with, a comprehensive plan is the key to successful migration, while it’s also a main challenge companies faces. Conducting an assessment can help you identify the current status of your company, which helps better forecast the total cost of ownership (TCO), and conduct further planning. Here’s a simple sample of cloud assessment that you can take and generate a report for reference.
From our past experiences, there are three key questions to ask before diving into cloud that organizations often ignore.
– 3 questions to ask before dive into a migration project –
Key goal of migration
This seems easy, however not many companies set up clear goals for migration plans. Is it mainly for cost saving? Is it for scalability and elasticity? Or is it for faster development? It’s important for your organization to understand why you’re considering moving to the cloud. If you don’t know, you won’t know how to choose the right cloud, how to define the scope and whether you’re hitting the target or not. The cloud is no different from any other project in that you need clear goals, objectives, and projects leads, as well as executive sponsorship.
Make sure that your staffs are ready to embrace cloud. Training should be planned in the early process of cloud projects. According to IDC, training can accelerate your cloud adoption pace by 80%, makes you more likely to meet cloud ROI requirements by 3.8X and helps businesses innovation rate increase 2.7X.
Though it seems a great investment before the migration to train the staffs, but a lack of experienced and skilled practitioners can cause significant business lost. A report from Rackspace found that 71% of IT departments believe their organization has missed out an opportunity to increase revenue, estimated at $258 million per year. Learning cloud is no doubt a strategic investment for long term cloud adoption, and make sure that your training plan is align with the project goal.
Right tool & partner
Last but not least, finding right tools and an experienced partner can smoothen the cloud adoption process. Well, how to ensure the partner has enough capabilities to guide you through migration journey? First of all, AWS provide a competency program that you can verify if the partner has demonstrated their specialty in certain domain. For example, as you’re conducting a migration project, you should consider finding a partner holding migration competency. Moreover, as the cloud-based MSP(managed services provider) market is still maturing and a lot of vendors are joining the market, you should emphasize the experience the vender being a MSP. It’s not the company age and experiences in traditional areas of IT services, but the capabilities in the cloud.