Across all industries, the role of technology is changing. Companies need the ability to harness the potential of data flowing from sensor-equipped devices and use it as a tool to improve processes and drive growth. In many cases, IT acts as a bottleneck, with line-of-business managers waiting in line for their solutions to be implemented. Cloud migration offers the enterprise the opportunity to change the role of IT to the single most powerful driver in business strategy.
Moving an entire IT environment to the cloud is no small undertaking, and some organizations find that a gradual move is more aligned with their plans. For those that see the vast potential of a full cloud migration, there are a few considerations that may help ensure success:
Get acquainted with cloud technology: The enterprise must take time to experiment with cloud computing and have a solid understanding of what it offers, versus its limitations. Determine what benefits might be expected and whether a particular IT environment might require a major organizational change to equip the enterprise for migration.
Align IT strategy with a corporate vision: Make sure the goals of a migration are in line with what the enterprise is trying to accomplish. If the board is prioritizing agility, the IT team should be sure that agility and not cost savings or productivity are at the top of their list. Determine the type of growth opportunities the board anticipates with a cloud migration, such as a reduction in IT capital investment, or productivity improvement that allows for innovation.
Engage with non-IT stakeholders: It’s surprising how often line-of-business managers love to talk tech. Collaborate with other departments and get clear information about the types of tools they are looking for and what their goals are for the technology. It’s also important to work closely with finance so that any promised savings are delivered with the cloud migration.
Prepare for a major project: Don’t underestimate the scale of a cloud migration. It’s a full rebuild of the IT infrastructure. Make sure to evaluate the network’s capability for handling a significantly more complex environment.
It’s also important to consider staffing and whether the right talent is on hand for navigating a successful migration. Some enterprises even assemble a migration team that’s in a different geographic location in order to attract the right talent and get away from an existing mindset for the role that IT plays in the organization.
A cloud migration is a major undertaking, but with the right strategy, careful planning, and trusted providers, it can open up great potential for company growth. Contact us at eXemplify to talk more in-depth about preparing for a full migration.