Big company projects often lead to major challenges. Take, for instance, cloud migration challenges.
Sure, we’ve talked at length about all of the benefits your company will reap once all is said and done. But as your company makes the transition from on premises servers to an external cloud host, you’re guaranteed to run into a few cloud migration challenges. It’s nothing to panic about. You’re working with professionals, after all.
By knowing what cloud migration challenges to expect before the process starts, you’ll avoid the stress and worry that often accompanies any hiccup in a major undertaking at your company.
Here’s what you should expect.
- Your Employees Might Be Confused, At First
Not everyone is a technophile. In fact, many of us are skeptical of change and will only follow along after we begin to see widespread acceptance.
The cloud migration process doesn’t need to be painful for your employees, though. It all starts with outlining how it will make their lives easier. For example, one of the biggest valued-adds cloud computing promises is improved employee collaboration. Regardless of whether your employees are in the office or on the go, they can still access company files from their laptops or mobile devices.
For many, the improved mobility alone is a major selling point. But if any of your employees need additional proof, Cisco found this improved collaboration increased employee productivity by about 40 percent. You would be hard pressed to find an employee who doesn’t want to become more productive.
Once you’ve broken through the skepticism, it’s simply a matter of making sure they’re prepared to work with the new technology. First, make sure they’re aware of basic ideas such as cloud security and your public cloud platform. Then, decide on who will need additional training to complete their job before the project begins.
If your employees see you’re on top of the project and confident it will transform your business positively, they will become invested in the project.
- Your Computing System Might Not Be Compatible
We will go out on a limb and say it’s unlikely your business is still using Windows 95 in 2021. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your operating system is necessarily up to date.
If you have an older operating system, there’s a solid chance it isn’t compatible with the cloud. It becomes even more challenging if you have an older security system installed. In the event your security system is incompatible with the cloud, you’re potentially exposing your data to cybersecurity threats.
Avoiding these headaches starts with having an open and honest conversation with your IT team. They should be able to coordinate compatibility testing with the cloud hosting services provider. If after the test is complete you learn your system isn’t up to date, you may need to invest in system-wide upgrades.
All of this should happen well before you commit to making the switch. If you wait until the last second to conduct the compatibility testing, you should expect to either go over budget or, at the very least, spend more than needed.
- Your Business Could Experience Some Downtime
Business downtime can be costly. According to a study conducted by Gartner, one minute of business time down equates to about $5,500. One can see why business leaders might be unwilling to risk a slowdown in operations.
The good news? A period of cloud migration doesn’t need to grind your business to a halt. Once again, it all starts with planning.
Most of the major changes should take place when there isn’t a major demand for your company’s digital resources. Consider migrating the largest applications after company hours, when employees are either home or not actively working.
You should also make the move incremental. Start with smaller applications that work on the same database and then move on to larger ones. It might cause the migration process to take a bit longer, but it will keep your company up and running.
If you’re looking for a painless migration to the cloud, we’re here to help. Our cloud migration experts are here to make sure your company’s cloud migration goes off without a hitch.
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