It’s surprising how many organisations want to migrate to the cloud because it is the ‘thing to do.

To truly benefit from the technology, it’s vital to have a plan in place.

Here are four tips to help ensure you receive the most from cloud migration:

  1. Plan ahead

cloud migrationFirst of all, you need to know why you want to migrate. As an organisation you need to weigh the pros and the cons of a cloud transition. How will the move help productivity, cut costs and increase efficiency? Don’t migrate simply because others are doing so.

Once you have examined how migrating to the cloud would affect your business, the next step is to figure out what you want to transfer and how you are going to achieve it. You can move your applications, data or your infrastructure to the cloud. Partnering with a reliable provider can help you to work out what is best for your business, while also find the most efficient way to achieve it.

  1. Find the right provider

There are hundreds of cloud service providers around the world, so how do you find the right provider for your requirements? You need to fully evaluate the different offerings and services that they provide. It’s vital that you look into service level agreements and view previous bodies of work through references.

Do they have 24/7 support? How can you contact them? Are they UK based? You need to make up a list of your preferences in finding a service provider and match them as much as you can. Through their expertise, they should be able to advise you on the best ways to migrate your organisation.

  1. Will it impact your staff?

Will the cloud alter any processes within the organisation? Will any applications that teams access be affected? Your existing IT staff may need training on new technology, so it’s important to consider this when planning a migration.

It’s important to plan in advance to train up staff and tr

ain them on how the new cloud system works. Is it possible to work with your service provider, to do this?  You need to invest time to balance your normal routine with training, so having a strong plan in place is vital.

  1. Regularly evaluate

It may be an ideal cloud solution for your organisation when you originally migrate, but both businesses and technology change and grow. As your business grows, you need to ensure that your company is still making the most of the cloud. Regular reviews and meetings with your chosen service provider can ensure this.

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