There are some aspects of our lives that can raise the blood pressure and induce major stress, whether it’s madly working towards a looming deadline or things going wrong in our personal lives.
One thing that often comes up is the stress of migrating an entire business to the cloud. While we see this everyday as an IT company, we understand that it can be a stressful and often confusing process for businesses. That’s why we’ve put together 7 steps to ensure a stress-free cloud migration!
Have a Plan
Sounds simple enough, but make sure you have a set plan that is agreed to by your cloud provider. This is essential to ensure your expectations are met and that both parties understand what is required of them.
Audit and Document
Your provider needs to go through your business and take stock of what technologies you already have in place. You don’t want the migration suddenly grinding to a halt because there is a part missing or certain software doesn’t work together.
You will also need to go through the applications your business uses and determine what needs to be migrated.
Make sure the cloud platform you will be using meets the compliance requirements for your industry. For example your industry may require you to keep all your data in Australia. Always check where your provider is keeping their servers, as this may affect your own compliance. Just because a company is Australian doesn't mean they host their data exclusively in Australia, it pays to read the fine print and ask your provider.
Communication is key on projects like cloud migration, both parties need to know when and how things will be happening. Make sure that your cloud provider has assigned project managers and you know how to contact them.
Find out if your cloud platform includes disaster recovery. Moving to a cloud platform that provides a DR Plan for your business can take the headaches out of having to organise one yourself. A good cloud provider will have multiple data centres, so that in the event of a disaster, like a fire breaking out, the second data centre will have your business data ready to go.
Make sure your cloud provider properly trains and on-boards your staff. Everyone should feel confident using the new system and someone should be onsite to answer and questions users have. Training is essential to getting your staff up and running on the new system as you want them back to normal output as soon as possible.
Finally it’s time to go live! However the process doesn’t end here. Your cloud provider should be onsite to ensure all systems and applications are functioning as they should be. There’s always the possibility of some teething issues so it’s essential your cloud provider is on top of these problems. After the excitement of go live day, it’s time to look at post implementation; making sure all issues are resolved, handover from on-boarding to account managers and finally project signoff.
At the end of the day, good planning and communication with your cloud provider is key to a stress free migration. It really boils down to selecting the right provider who understands your business and can allay your fears. Looking at case studies and testimonials can help you choose the right provider, even asking for references for clients who may have just gone through a similar migration. Find a provider you trust and they’ll have you floating into the cloud without a worry in no time!