Every business’s cloud migration is different, but there are several best practices that can help you ensure that yours is a success.
Make your migration a company-wide project. Although your migration to the cloud is sure to be led by your IT teams, the resultant infrastructure will be used and supported by teams throughout your business. Be sure that everyone, even those not directly involved in the migration, understand the how and why of your migration, and where they fit in.
Have a clear idea of how the migrated systems will be integrated into your operations in the future and how this will influence your strategy on an on-going basis.
Determine (and share) a clear cloud governance model. In order to satisfy your operational and security requirements, you will need to establish clear roles and responsibilities for your teams as well as determine who will be able to access what.
Start small. Take advantage of early excitement around the project in order to successfully complete some small projects and get them out the door. There is nothing like already having some wins under your belt to increase motivation and turn naysayers into evangelists.
Educate personnel. The more your teams understand your migration, the more successful your migration is likely to be—and the more likely they are to support it.
Determine which assets you own. This will facilitate your migration planning and lower the risk of a missed dependency.
Automate. One of the great strengths of cloud infra services lies in its ability to facilitate the automation of common or tedious tasks, saving you a significant amount of time and financial investment. Be on the lookout for anything you can “set and forget”.
Leverage fully managed services and service provider support. Another significant advantage of cloud services is the degree to which you can lean on the additional support and cloud migration services provided by service providers. Some services can even be entirely outsourced.
Monitor cloud usage and metrics. As with any project, it is important to be able to accurately assess the success and cost-effectiveness of your cloud migration. At the outset of your project, take the time to set several KPI-related goals by which the success of your project will be measured. By monitoring your systems and usage, and comparing that data to your goals, you will gain valuable data-driven insights into your system’s performance. This will help you better determine where to spend your effort and budget as the project develops.
Consider many different criteria. There are many different criteria that must be taken into account: your business objectives, your roadmap, potential risks and costs, and the potential benefits. The combination of these criteria can help you decide which approach and which cloud migration solutions are suitable for your migration.
Find patterns and exploit them using templates. Some tasks may entail tedious repetition yet be poorly suited to automation. Once you recognize a task that you are performing over and over, if you are unable to automate it, look for a way to create a template for it.
Test. Test your cloud services, test them early, and test them often. Do not wait until the project is ostensibly finished to test your systems. It is much easier to fix or optimize small features in the early stages of the project.
Overcommunicate.There is no such thing as too much information when it comes to a major project such as cloud infrastructure migration. Be sure that all project-related decisions are clearly and precisely documented and signed off on. Be sure that the entire organization, not just the directly concerned teams, are informed if there will be outages, downtime, policy changes, or IPs or URLs change.
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