Ensuring a Successful Migration to the Cloud

Adopting a new platform can be a risky decision for any business. One example is transitioning from a legacy system to cloud computing. Moving to the cloud has become commonplace for many companies because it increases the storage capacity, flexibility, and efficiency of many processes. The company should define the scope of movement, develop a strategy, and carefully manage the execution to reduce the challenges involved with cloud business intelligence migration.

Defining the scope of migration

The first step to a successful Azure cloud service migration is limiting the migration scope. It is not uncommon to discover that the company has outdated inventories. Finding missing information and out-of-date applications are also necessary.

After completing the inventory of current infrastructure and business applications, the next step is to find out which of the applications and business processes need migration. Companies can choose a hybrid cloud service where they can retain some aspects of their current infrastructure and IT services.

One important consideration is to look at legacy systems that may cost more to migrate. These outdated systems are not suitable for migration and should be left in place instead. Applications should be assessed accordingly to ensure that the version is compatible with cloud search.

Map out a migration strategy

After defining the scope and extent to which current systems need transferring to the cloud, the following step is to map out a plan. Part of the strategy includes coming up with a priority list to help ensure a seamless migration. Azure services have some helpful tools a business can use to check how difficult each stage of the movement is.

Most companies deal with migration by choosing the least complicated and risky options first. But selecting the least complicated applications to migrate first will not result in the most beneficial changes to the business processes. It makes more sense to begin with the problematic areas of migration and end with the least complicated.

Part of the strategy should include identifying which business processes or applications to move to a public cloud server. Security is an important consideration and should form a significant part of the decision process. Another part of the strategy should include how the migration affects the users. Does the company intend to migrate the users at once or in phases? Companies are also recommended to consider a backup plan in case the migration causes any problems or issues that would need working out.

Migration strategy execution

After finalizing the plans and strategies, the next step is to move forward with the implementation. There should be a set timeframe to ensure minimal disruption of regular businesses processes. Users need to prepare for the eventual changes and be receptive to the changes that are bound to occur.

The last step of the process is to confirm that the new procedures and platform are working as intended. Make sure that you work with a solutions provider who will help every step of the way and address any issues the company may encounter.