the importance of a post-cloud migration strategy

To truly capitalize on the benefits on offer with cloud migration, organizations must be aware of, and evaluate, the business outcomes throughout the migration process. Transformation goals will not be fully realized without a holistic cloud strategy across people, processes, and technology.

Computing‘s latest research in this area, conducted in partnership with Intel, reveals how IT leaders are handling post-migration strategies, and why a significant proportion are not reaching their full potential.

When asked if their organization has a clear post-migration cloud vision, only 19 percent of respondents answered ‘yes’, with 49 percent admitting ‘somewhat’. This is despite 68 percent recognizing that cloud success is dependent on post-migration strategy. If executed correctly, cloud migration should come hand-in-hand with digital innovation, service scalability, faster time-to-market, and greater agility. Evidently, organizations recognize this – then why are they failing to develop a robust post-migration process?

Apt application

The appropriate cloud approach will depend on specific organizational needs. Workload locations depend on a combination of cost, flexibility, performance, security, agility, and skill requirements. The most common uses of cloud services are web-facing applications, databases, and collaboration tools. Typically, organizations are migrating non-core operations first as they are less complicated and risky to shift.

Choice challenges

In terms of challenges, cost, application migration, and security are all major issues across most industries. Predicting cloud costs can be difficult as pay-as-you-go subscription plans combined with fluctuating workloads have an impact, and cloud costs can creep up over time. However, moving to cloud reduces the need to invest in hardware in the long-term, therefore an awareness of post-migration cloud strategy and the costs it may incur is key. It’s important to identify not only which providers have a low cost of entry but which have the greatest cost transparency as you scale.

Complementing the culture

People are just as important as technology for business innovation. Building cloud skills and awareness across all levels of your organization will ensure the benefits of cloud are widely recognized and encourage agile development. Cloud transformation can only be successful in so far as the technology underpins process innovation and greater efficiencies. Buy-in from the entire workforce is crucial.

Organizations must consider their post-migration strategy at all stages. With this framing, utilization is optimized, and disruption is minimized for employees and customers alike. An all-encompassing cloud strategy should account for the integration of multiple workloads, management, IT resourcing, costs, and culture.

Ongoing post-migration evaluation is vital in establishing whether organizations are optimizing cloud use and achieving ROI. Keeping on top of cloud operations as well as anticipating future requirements will keep costs in check and encourage productivity and agility. Failing to recognize the importance of a post-migration strategy means organizations cannot completely capitalize on or benefit from the cloud.

A good cloud strategy will maximize business value and should include post-migration next steps. This includes modernizing application stacks, focusing on business and application needs instead of infrastructure, and determining optimal workload placement. Clearly defining the outcomes your organization wants to achieve and how you are going to get there is crucial. Specific needs, costs, and cultural fit must all be considered.

99 percent expect their use of cloud computing to increase or stay the same in the next three years. Migration is simply the first step in that journey. Now is the time to look ahead in the cloud to avoid being left behind.

To learn more about Computing‘s latest research into leading your organization to competitive advantage in the cloud, read the full report

This post is sponsored by Intel

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