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Migrating to the Cloud? 7 Questions For CTOs-In-The-Know
- How Will I Use Cloud?
Before adopting cloud, it’s important to consider how you will you use it to modernise your organisation. While running software applications are popular reasons for cloud adoption, data warehousing, disaster recovery and self-hosted email are a few of the common cloud technologies to benefit your business.
- What Advantages Can I Expect from Cloud Migration?
Every organisation has different needs and will reap different benefits, however, the unanimous advantages from cloud migration are:
- Flexibility: with cloud technology employees can work from any location with an internet connection. If 2020 had a theme, resilience and agility would be at the top of the list given the COVID-19 climate and the proliferation of remote working. A move to the cloud means less reliance upon a visit to the office to achieve productivity.
- Collaboration: with cloud, sharing and collaborating achieves new level of convenience. Where previously you may have sent attachments via email, today you’re sharing documents (and editing online) through cloud services.
- Cost-Savings: migrating to the cloud means you’re using exactly what you need, when you need it. No more heavy CapEx outlay and provision for capital depreciation. Pay-as-you-go cloud means it’s cash-flow friendly too.
- Scale without Fail: traditional on-premise solutions either fail or reach danger-critical capacity before triggering the need to consider additional asset acquisition. It’s costly and takes time. With cloud solutions, you can scale without fail as extra load is allocated across the cloud instantaneously during peak periods.
- What to Take Up and What to Clean Up?
Your cloud migration strategy is an opportune time because not everything needs to go up to the cloud. Assessing your current applications and environments are required pre-cloud migration. For simple applications, a classic ‘lift and shift’ approach may suffice. Complex applications may need modernisation or architecting.You may also find some things you no longer need and make no sense incurring cloud storage costs when not mission-critical. For policy or mandatory regulations, there’s cost-effective data warehousing solutions for your data records.
- One Big Data Migration or Incremental?
The very nature of cloud means flexibility and scalability. This means you don’t have to migrate everything at once. While some cloud migrations are optimised by moving data and apps at once, many can benefit from moving a single workload at a time, scaling-up as you migrate each workload.
- Which Cloud Platform Do I Choose?
AWS, Azure, GCP or a hybrid, multi-cloud approach? Each platform caters to different requirements and no single cloud platform or provider is all-encompassing. Your answers to the above questions will shed light on the best cloud platform. Different organisations require different solutions such as a hybrid or multi-cloud approach: private and public cloud with SaaS providers.
- Who’s Going to Implement My Cloud Migration?
Choosing the right cloud migration partner is crucial to remaining on budget and on time. Your choice of cloud migration consultant will have a direct outcome to the success of your digital transformation. Cloud consultancy companies offering one exclusive platform tend to lack impartiality on your optimal cloud solution. Their cloud migration strategy is limited to a one-trick-pony lens. To serve your bespoke needs, ensure your cloud migration partner offers you the full gamut of cloud solutions and has a proven track record in doing so. Getting you to the cloud is one thing, but competitive advantage from digital transformation requires leveraging your data and digital assets. Be sure your cloud migration partner brings the trifecta of cloud, data and digital to the table. Anything less means more moving parts and the need to juggle multiple vendors.
- Who’s Going to Manage My Cloud Services?
Getting to the cloud isn’t the end of your story, in fact, it’s the very beginning of your digital transformation journey. Once you’re in the cloud, the fun begins, as do the technological pay-offs for your organisation. But just like on-premise solutions, your cloud needs managing. Do you have a dedicated internal managed services team to manage your cloud services or will you use a managed service company?
Bonus Insight: Cloud Adoption in Australia 2020
42% of Australian business are now in the cloud. The majority of these business (57%) migrated within the last 3 years, reporting a 78% lift in productivity since cloud migration. Surveyed businesses cite consolidating capital infrastructure, efficient analysis capabilities and streamlined processes.
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