As the initial hype over cloud computing starts to level off, many businesses are settling in to using their services and adjusting to the many productivity and efficiency benefits. But there will inevitably be a few businesses that find transformation disruptive, and discover that the cloud has not delivered the benefits that had expected.
Cloud4 is used to supporting businesses in successful cloud migrations, and we have a near-100 per cent success rate in achieving cost savings and other benefits for our clients. To avoid risk, proper planning is the best way to ensure a successful migration.
Planning for Success
One of the most important things you need to do, before migrating to the cloud, is to look at where your organisation is and where it wants to be. This is called a gap analysis, and it’s critical to determine exactly what you want to achieve.
When businesses fail at migration, it’s often because they’ve skipped this step. They haven’t decided on the benefits they expect to see, or they haven’t looked at the challenges of getting from their current situation to the ‘ideal’. If you know which parts of your infrastructure may cause problems, you can anticipate risk and be prepared for it, which is a big part of ensuring success.
If you’re thinking of backing out from the cloud, make sure you’re sticking to the plan you formed at the beginning. Getting the important parts right will allow all the secondary cloud services to fall into place.
Winning Hearts and Minds
In your organisation, your most valuable employees are the ones that have been with you from the start. They’ve probably come up with tried and tested processes for getting their job done efficiently. It’s understandable that some people are sceptical of cloud migration. They might cling on to those old processes, despite the new tools you’ve rolled out to support them.
Planning a successful migration means getting everyone on board and selling the benefits of new solutions. It helps to have one person in each department that can support everyone else as the changes are brought in. You’ll also need to make sure everyone is confident with new systems and workflows, through training or robust support.
Some users might be reluctant to change, but as an organisation, you can win them over. The key is to make sure everyone understands how new systems will make their life easier, and inspire enthusiasm that will drive culture change and support a positive outcome. Even if you haven’t done this yet, don’t give up: persevere and you’ll soon see your employees come round to new ways of working.
The Right Cloud Provider
At Cloud4, we understand that you have a huge choice of vendors. Some businesses select just one partner, while others will pick and mix solutions from different companies. Whatever approach you use, you need providers that truly care about your business and are invested in your success.
Cloud4 provides comprehensive support during and after migration. Our team is here to support your business, and act as an add-on for your in-house technical team. If you need to get in touch, we offer email, telephone and live chat help through our website.
Cloud migration can be challenging, but it can also set you up for continued profitability. The challenges are well worth facing, with the support of a provider you can trust. If you need more advice, get in touch, and our experts will put your mind at ease.