4 Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud

Mistake #1 – Trying to migrate too much at once

Companies should run a portfolio analysis to consider what applications would benefit from a migration to the cloud. Things to consider are: what are the compliance regulations for the application, does the application have peak or seasonal load and what are the SLA requirements.

Mistake #2 – Poorly defined business case

Cloud computing can help companies move faster and in some cases save money and in other cases burn cash. Companies should articulate the clear business case such as improved time to market, improved SLA, reduced overhead or improved business continuity. Cloud strategy is a tool to create business value, the cloud itself is not the value.

Mistake #3 – Building instead of buying

There are a large number of mature of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that can replace entire subsystems within an organization. Companies often have the opportunity to replace existing systems with SaaS solutions such as e-commerce implementations, ticketing systems and custom ERP solutions. These SaaS solutions often support single sign-on for seamless integration with on-premises and cloud-hosted solutions.

Mistake #4 – Lack of cloud cost monitoring and estimation

Cloud computing can save money if companies leverage the elasticity of the cloud. The cloud can also offer reduced operational support costs, especially when using SaaS or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. Companies can realize cost efficiencies only when proper cost estimation and monitoring is performed. Cost planning and ongoing monitoring must be a critical component of a company’s cloud strategy.

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