• cloud
  • 04/07/2022
Don't Migrate Alone

Humour me for a second and think of a gaggle of geese migrating south for winter. In your mind's eye, you can probably see them in their V-formation, off on the hunt for warmer weather.

Whilst much has been made of the leadership lessons we can learn from watching this phenomenon - I want to draw your attention to something else entirely: the fact they're not alone. 

Your Cloud migration should be no different.

Migrating to the Cloud

We've already declared 2022 the year of the Cloud - and this sentiment is far from unique. After an influx of companies to the Cloud, it's certainly having its moment in the sun. And, due to the futureproofed nature of the Cloud, it's a wise move for an organisation of any size to make.

Our blog on the topic showed how attitudes were only further validated by findings showing there was a 200% jump in organisations planning to move the majority of their working processes into the Cloud. 

The Benefits of the Cloud

The Cloud has become a buzzword associated with technology. As such, you may have heard it bandied about but still aren't fully sure of the benefits.

When properly deployed, the Cloud can transform a business entirely. Not only does it cut down on business costs, speed up processes and enable your workforce to work from anywhere, but the benefits seem never-ending.

Salesforce lists the 12 benefits of the Cloud as:

  • Cost Savings
  • Security
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Insight
  • Increased Collaboration
  • Quality Control
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Loss Prevention
  • Automatic Software Updates
  • Competitive Edge
  • Sustainability

Why Shouldn't You Go It Alone?

After those benefits alone, you may be enticed to migrate to the Cloud without so much as a second thought. But, allow us a moment to slow it down.

The Cloud is an immensely complex field, and migrations aren't as straightforward as hitting 'buy now' from a vendor's website and logging in to your new environment.

Organisations jumping into the Cloud without support from an MSP may find themselves at risk of unnecessary costs, vulnerabilities and ineffective processes.

Or worse - they could be at risk of a botched migration. So, how - and why - do migrations fail?

Why Do Migrations Fail?

The promise of functionality, scalability and cost-effectiveness may mean that some organisations get tunnel vision and fail to focus on the big picture. As such, migrations fail because of many reasons. 

Here are the five most common reasons companies fail a migration - or carry out a poor one:

  • Poor - or no - planning
  • Getting ahead of themselves
  • Neglecting to test thoroughly
  • Overlooking the users - or not properly training them
  • Migrating using the wrong approach

Poor Planning

For those familiar with the 7Ps, you need to read no further. If not, head over to Google and learn a catchy new mantra.

In short, if you go into something with poor planning, you're almost certainly destined to fail. Such sentiment was perhaps expressed best by Abraham Lincoln, who once said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe"?

The antithesis of his sentiment is why so many migrations fail.

Too Big Too Soon

Offerings such as AWS or Azure have streamlined processes and reduced the headaches associated with migration, but they're still a complex subject matter.

Ahead of a migration, organisations should select what they're migrating to the Cloud and how. It's important to note that not everything ever needs to be in there. Some things are a poor fit or can even be complex to carry out. Select what you want to migrate, why you want to and how you're going to do so. If you're unsure, that's all the more reason to talk to a third party about your migration (we may know the perfect organisation to help!).

Testing, Testing... Is This Thing On?

It's not an outrageous statement to say you should validate your findings, thoughts or decisions. More so if they impact your entire organisation.

If you think of your Cloud migration as a tasty lasagna getting prepared for the oven, testing would be the sheets of pasta layered throughout the preparation and execution. 

Testing should be carried out at every possible level of your migration so you can identify issues, see where they've come from and fix them before they become a business-critical vulnerability.

Can Your Users Use It?

Ultimately, you can spend thousands of pounds on a Cloud migration. It can take weeks, months or even years to move from thought to reality.

Going it alone means that along the way, you'll probably encounter unexpected costs, issues and a handful of blood, sweat and tears.

But ultimately, all of the time, energy and costs are wasted if you overlook the human element of Cloud migrations - if your staff can't use it, you've stepped backwards instead of into the future. 

Consider offering training, guidelines and governance to ensure they can securely use everything.

Right Idea, Wrong Approach

As there's no one-stop shop for migration, organisations can go down one of many routes. Yet, all too often, organisations don't shop around enough.

Doing so can ensure they find an approach method that meets their requirements. Using the wrong vendor - or approach - can mean unnecessary costs, complex processes or inefficiencies.

The Last Word

Ultimately, it all ties back to the mental image of the migrating gaggle of geese that started today's post. Just as the group supports the tired geese, MSPs - such as Fifosys - exist to guide lesser-experienced organisations through the complexities associated with technology.

Cloud migrations can be complex, long-winded and expensive enough without unnecessary spending further muddying the waters. 

Don't try to migrate alone; we'll work with you to guide you through confusing times.

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