Assess, Plan, Deploy and Migrate
We have outlined the benefits of moving to the cloud in an earlier blog. Seeing the recent trends in the business community moving to the cloud and after enumerating the benefits of such a move, here are four steps for easily executing the move.
Step 1: Assessment
As a business owner, you need to think about the considerations surrounding a move to the cloud:
The challenges related to the deployment
The success rates
The business value
This will act as a guide for understanding the benefits and result in a seamless migration.
Step 2: Planning
The next important step is to develop a strategy for getting customized cloud services. The strategy should include the various cloud offerings like:
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Platform as a service (PaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS)
As a stepping stone, it is better to choose simple applications so that the migration and adoption process of the cloud becomes easy. This will not only help in terms of revenue but will prove to be very beneficial in execution.
For the companies who have already migrated to the cloud, it makes sense to explore more complex systems based on their needs which will definitely scale their productivity and efficiency. Moving to the cloud also hugely enhances the agility, thus bringing a great business value to the table. It will also prove beneficial to do a thorough research of the providers, which in turn will ensure a suitable payment model.
Step 3: Adoption
The adoption phase is totally dependent on the planning. The planning needs to be a continuous process even when you have adopted the cloud. The strategies developed in the planning phase have to be executed and also a lessons learnt process implemented to fine tune the process.
Step 4: Optimization
To get the best out of the cloud package we have to optimize the business processes and licenses. This will results in the efficient running of the organization, thus increasing the value for the organization and its end users. The optimization will include the following practices and processes:
To have a lessons learned process in place so that effective steps for refinement can be taken
Plan ahead for each activity of the cloud planning and adoption
Remain connected to gain information about the advantages and use them for the competitive advantage
It is becoming very easy to move to the cloud and the large variety of quality vendors, with a huge array of products and services, is helping the transition even more.