Developing a strategy is a central aspect of almost any business process, and migrating to the cloud requires much the same planning and consideration. Cloud services are becoming more and more popular by the day, and there is little doubt that it can be hugely beneficial to any business. However, migrating your data to the cloud is likely to be a big process, particularly as legal chambers store such large amounts of sensitive data. It is the sensitive nature of data, as well as the sheer scale of the job, which makes a well-planned strategy even more important when you begin the process of migrating to the cloud.
Migrating To The Cloud – What Is A Cloud Strategy?
You migration strategy will be key to ensuring that the move to the cloud is done as efficiently as possible, whilst also making sure you have the necessary knowledge and skill to make the most of it. Your strategy must include all aspects of the planning process, along with your plan for managing the cloud once you have it all up and running. A strategy is basically a road map to where you want to be and how you will get there, and in the case of cloud migration, it must work alongside your overall business aims.
The Basic Steps
Step 1: Align your cloud strategy with your business strategy so you know exactly what you are aiming to achieve.
Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the costs, benefits, and possible pitfalls of migrating to the cloud.
Step 3: Develop your step-by-step plan of what data you will migrate, which applications, a schedule and time frame, and how you will utilise the time and staff you have available.
Step 4: Familiarise yourself with the organisational changes and training or staffing changes that may need to take place in order to make the most of your cloud service.
What To Consider In Your Strategy
Each of the above steps will take time and consideration. Some of the things you will need to consider when migrating to the cloud include the following points:
- Begin by researching cloud providers to determine which would work best for your business needs. Cloud services do differ in a number of ways – capacity; security services; interface; analytical tools; cost; location of data centres etc. Many of these points will impact upon the level of security your cloud has, particularly the security services available and the geographical location of the cloud provider’s data centres.
- Time and manpower will be a large element to consider in your planning. The migration process itself takes both time and manpower, and once the migration process is complete you will need staff who can monitor deployments and all other aspects of your cloud usage. Additionally, you should make sure the move is carried out gradually, ensuring your data is secure, accessible and functional in small, manageable pieces. Outsourcing can often be a good choice when considering time and manpower. Not only does it free up your staff but it gives you access to expert knowledge and guidance.
- Make sure you know what can and can’t be moved to the cloud. Some applications will not be compatible or functional from the cloud.
- Consider how beneficial the move to the cloud will be for your business. It may be a popular choice for many others, but you have to be sure that it will work for you based on all of the above points. You may also have a lot invested in on-site data centres, in which case you may want to consider whether the cost of migrating to the cloud outweighs the running of your data centre. In many cases, there are ways to amalgamate the two, utilising the cloud where possible in order to make better use of your on-site facilities.
Getting Expert Guidance
Which so much to consider, outsourcing can be hugely beneficial. CBSIT know all the ins and outs of the cloud and can discuss a workable cloud strategy, as well as allocate all the time and manpower necessary to make the move. To discuss how CBSIT could help your business, contact us today.