Making choices and setting the pace
The cloud fundamentally changes how businesses procure, use, and secure technology, and how businesses work.
Cloud offers fantastic opportunities to grow, scale and evolve an organization. But the opportunities can quickly turn into costly threats, if the migration is not managed carefully and skillfully. Planning and assessment is at the base of all successful cloud migration projects.
Things to consider
Planning and assessment is key
Your goal is a smooth migration to the cloud.
Planning and assessment is how you get there.
At its core, migration to the cloud consists of four simple phases: Assess; Migrate; Optimize; Secure and Manage.
Because of the tremendous complexity of a cloud migration project, careful planning and flexibility should be the cornerstone of your efforts:
When to do what, how to do it, and how quickly, is what you need to decide.
You make those decisions on an ongoing basis, by continuously assessing your migration activities: By learning as you go, you can rethink what you are doing, and make sure all stages and activities in your project are moving forward and stay aligned.
Shaping your journey
There are very few technical limitations to a successful cloud migration.
By far, the biggest challenges have to do with business ambitions and expectations, and business requirements and processes:
What are the key business objectives driving the migration;
What is the ‘digital estate estimate’ – the number and condition of workloads to be migrated;
Do you have clearly defined roles, responsibilities and access requirements? Do you have insight into change management requirements — the cadence, processes and documentation required to review and approve changes?
The answers to these questions are what shape your journey — develop a “migration backlog” —and help you prioritize your migrations tasks.