Although executives are optimistic about the adoption of cloud computing , migrating the business to this environment is not always a simple task. Many failures happen, for the most part, because of the leaders themselves, as this article on the CIO website suggests .
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The publication cites a study by the security provider Fortinet in which 74% of the companies interviewed transferred an application allocated in the cloud to the local server after not seeing the benefits that the application should bring to the business.
Failure in these projects is not a recent problem and technology is not responsible for these errors. Therefore, the CIO site highlighted 5 tips that you can consider when migrating your business to the cloud:
1. Choose a partner provider
You cannot, and should not, take the cloud migration journey alone. It is necessary to close partnerships with providers that will help you to map and define what is necessary to be in a cloud environment .
What are the best applications to move? How to integrate systems and services? How to plan and execute this migration? Public, hybrid or multicloud cloud ? These are questions that this provider can help you answer when designing a strategy.
2. Adapt applications to the cloud
Migrating an application to the cloud means adapting it to this environment. But the problem is that a traditional application is not designed to take advantage of cloud computing and you should keep that in mind.
If you take a non-adapted application, it will consume each bit executed as if it were always at peak demand. At the end of the month, you will have to pay for a larger budget than you planned.
3. Find the right skills
Managing your cloud is knowing what skills are needed for the chosen infrastructure. For example, microservice is a type of architecture that will allow your solution to continue running if part of it is unstable.
That’s because the cloud allows for distributed and dynamic service environments. That is, you can manage them from numerous solutions also in the cloud and no longer in a cascade, monolithic or operational silos model .
4. Governance is essential
A cloud computing project needs to be multidisciplinary. In other words, it is necessary to involve the IT team, business and other areas of the company so that this transformation generates a positive impact for the company.
Especially because if you make a whole transformation of your business to the cloud and forget to involve the supply chain team, for example, these employees may not be able to meet the new demand generated by this change.
5. Migrating to the cloud is being realistic
The benefits of taking the business to a cloud environment are already well known:
SpeedAgilityCost reductionStrategic focusScalability
But one thing is for sure: you need to have your problem well defined and not create expectations that will run away from your company’s reality. For example, the CIO website cites that many companies look to the cloud as a way to replace an employee or the data center.
Which should be just the opposite. You will still need engineers, cloud architects and security experts, as well as the data center for more complex data processing.