Transferring to the Cloud
CyNexLink Blog • August 28, 2017
Transferring a business to the cloud can be a desirable but difficult enterprise. Working from the cloud offers various benefits, but the migration path is different for each business. It’s best for companies that don’t have a defined IT department to seek outside guidance for something as technical as this, but here’s a strategic rundown of what’s required when a business chooses to jump into cloud computing.
First, a business must assess its current processes to see if cloud computing aligns with their business practices. It wouldn’t be prudent for a business to jump into the cloud without a proper analysis of how it would affect the functioning of the company. A business should never cater to the requirements of the cloud, but rather, the cloud should cater to the business. As part of this examination, it’s important for a business leader to screen all parts of the organism, including talking with employees to see how they believe it will affect efficiency and workflow.
Next, a business needs to make sure that the data that will be migrated is “clean.” The process of making sure the data is valid, consistent and complete is a vital but onerous task that may require the technical savvy of a third-party team. As part of this process, it’s important that company heads, or external parties, find and eliminate applications or data that are no longer utilized by the business.
After these preliminary tasks comes the most challenging part of the process: transferring data onto the cloud. A well-structured plan will likely be successful in migrating the data, but companies need a system in place in case the transfer fails. This recovery system should be tested prior to the transfer.
The system should then be tested following the transfer to see if everything is working proficiently. Are applications communicating with one another? Is everything working as it did prior to the migration?
Next comes a potentially large hurdle: training employees. Modifications within a company generally require a similar adaptation from workers, which can prove formidable. Group and individual training should be scheduled during this orientation period. This part of the equation isn’t necessarily easy to predict, but it’s why including employees and their opinions in the preliminary procedure is important.
After employees are trained, the cloud solution can go live. But, businesses shouldn’t consider the headache over. There will be hiccups in the system, most being employee-related. People can have a difficult time modifying their old ways of doing things, but a company needs to make sure that there is a pathway for employees to air their grievances and get answers to questions. There is always room for improvement and this feedback can prove valuable.
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