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Conducting a Cloud Migration Readiness Assessment: Why It's Vital and What You Need to Know

Your business is ready to start that critical migration to the cloud, where you will back up all your vital data and make it easier for employees to access it from wherever they are. Before you migrate to the cloud, however, it’s critical to assess your business’s overall readiness and ensure that you are prepared for the process.

What is a Cloud Readiness Assessment, and Why Is It Important?

A cloud readiness assessment helps determine whether your business is ready to make the move to the cloud. It evaluates the apps and data you need to move, then provides you with a clear picture of what it will look like to make the move – and how much it could disrupt your business to do it.

Increasingly, many businesses are choosing to move to cloud-based apps and storage as a data protection effort and to make information more accessible to every employee, whether they’re working from home or in the office. Around 91% of enterprises already use a public cloud, while an average 72% use a private one. While you may see the clear advantages to making the transition, you want to make sure that your business is prepared for everything that transition will mean before you make the move.

Step One: Clearly identify your goals and objectives for moving to the cloud.

What are you hoping to accomplish with this move to the cloud, rather than an in-house storage option? You may want to decrease your overall maintenance costs, make it easier to scale your business, or improve remote collaboration efforts – especially if a large percentage of your employees do not work in the same location. You may also find that switching to the cloud can substantially improve overall better data backup and resiliency, especially if your business suffers a disaster.

Before you start your move, it’s important to know what those goals are and how you’re going to evaluate them, since you need to know how those changes are meeting your overall expectations.

Step Two: Evaluate your in-house IT team

Look at your in-house team and the skills they have. Not only do they need to have the skills necessary to back up your data, move it to the cloud, and ensure a smooth transition across your workplace, they need to have the time to invest in the project. If your existing IT team has multiple competing priorities that will make it difficult for them to manage that transition successfully, you may want to consider the value of outsourcing your move so that you don’t have to worry about whether your team will have the tools on hand to complete the move.

Consider the responsibilities already on your team’s plate. You may, like 93% of other companies, be considering that move to the cloud in part because you want to make outsourcing many of those daily tasks easier on your team. If your IT team is already overloaded, outsourcing the move to the cloud can help free up their energy and attention to focus on other tasks – as well as ensuring that the transition goes more smoothly.

Step Three: look at your apps and technology

Before you make that vital move to the cloud, it’s important to get a feel for what you’re moving. You need to know what apps and programs you’re using as well as their purpose. What are their uses within your business? How many people use them on a regular basis? Take a look at the volume of usage and the number of users: how many people will be disrupted if the migration takes longer than anticipated? In addition, carefully look at the integration capabilities of the application to ensure that they will run as well in the cloud environment as they do on your current servers and platforms. Finally, evaluate the technologies you’re currently using, from your IT management tools to the software libraries they connect to, and make sure you will be able to continue to integrate those platforms once you make the transition to the cloud.

Step Four: Map out the functions of your technology and what they need to continue functioning

Many of your applications and solutions are dependent on others to work effectively. Look at your overall IT infrastructure. Sometimes, that existing dependency may determine the order in which you move your applications to the cloud. In other cases, you may determine that some of your existing solutions cannot be moved to the cloud effectively – and that, as a result, you need to make other plans for those tools.

Step Five: Consider your security needs

Cloud technology does bring with it some costs, though those costs are often lower than the costs of physical servers and maintenance. You will also need to prepare your budget for the cloud migration. Carefully evaluate the funds you have set aside for the project – and make sure that your budget is realistic compared to your timeline and the volume of data you need to move in order to successfully make the transition to the cloud.

Managing a cloud migration can be a complex process. While incredibly rewarding in the long run, it can also present several challenges to your company. By conducting a cloud migration readiness assessment, however, you can make sure that your company is prepared for whatever challenges you may face as you make that critical move. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your cloud migration.

Step Six: Check your budget

Many of your applications and solutions are dependent on others to work effectively. Look at your overall IT infrastructure. Sometimes, that existing dependency may determine the order in which you move your applications to the cloud. In other cases, you may determine that some of your existing solutions cannot be moved to the cloud effectively – and that, as a result, you need to make other plans for those tools.

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