Most companies have heard of the benefits of switching to the cloud. Not only can these solutions increase productivity, but they also tend to result in notable cost savings. But switching to the cloud isn’t always as simple as it sounds. There can be some serious challenges that must be planned for in advance to ensure the transition runs smoothly. To help you prepare for making a move to the cloud, here are some potential difficulties you may face.
Choosing the Right Service for the Job
Right now, there are a plethora of “as-a-Service” options to choose from, and failing to select the right variant can make things more complex. For example, Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions often require businesses to cobble together a series of pieces. While this allows for a more customized solution, it can be easy to overlook important components if you aren’t well-versed in the offerings.
Platform-as-a-Service is often a simpler option, as it covers most commonly needed features in a single package. If you don’t have much experience with cloud solutions, these options can be easier to implement.
Preparing Your People and Updating Your Processes
Often, the technological aspects of the switch are easier to manage than some of the other changes that will be required. Getting your staff ready and updating your processes based on the new solutions can be a bigger challenge.
In most cases, people become used to handling tasks a specific way, and a shift to the cloud can fundamentally change how certain activities are done. To mitigate any issues, it’s wise to plan in advance and to create training and documentation designed to ease the transition from a people standpoint.
Understanding the Time Factor
Many companies underestimate the amount of time required to transition to the cloud. Implementing these solutions requires numerous steps, and relocating data is often a slow process. Typically, bandwidth limits slow the process of moving critical files and solutions to the cloud, and the burden on the IT team who’s managing the transition is also significant. Before beginning, businesses need a realistic idea of the timetable. Otherwise, stakeholders may become frustrated when the results don’t align with their preconceived notions about how long the process should take.
Modifying the Infrastructure During the Transition
Some professionals assume it is easier to re-architect the infrastructure during the transition. Often, this spurs from wanting to create structures that best fit the cloud services and figuring that it is simpler to make these shifts while the data is being relocated.
However, this essentially combines two full-scale projects into a single venture, and will significantly increase the time and cost associated with moving to the cloud. Instead of trying to do both simultaneously, it is often wise to transition to the cloud first, and then modify the architecture at a later date.
Typically, many of the challenges above can be lessened with proper planning. A shift to the cloud is a big project, but it is normally worth the effort. Just make sure the right solution is selected based on your level of expertise, the timelines are realistic based on the size of the project, and that everyone is prepared to handle business tasks once the move is complete.