Business Beware–Cloud Migration Missteps


GettyImages-1221083511(1).jpgThinking about migrating some (or some more) of your business to the cloud? You’re not alone. By some estimates, as many as 80% of companies today rely on cloud services for vital functions such as data backup, remote offices, media storage and more. Whether it’s the right move for you is best determined by consulting an IT Managed Services Provider (IT MSP). Still, regardless of where you are in the decisioning process, educating yourself about migration challenges can ultimately lead to a better outcome.

1) Planning. You should never adopt a new technology without first mapping out a clear strategy and course of action. In addition to matching your business to the right provider, other factors to consider include cost analysis, projected downtime, employee training, and of course, a targeted completion date.

2) Staging. Avoid moving too much, too quickly. Work with an IT pro to identify which data and functions to move first. A good rule of thumb is to test the waters by starting with non-essential or redundant data, then proceed in phases with sensitive or business-critical information. 

3) Securing. Rightly, security is business leaders’ top migration concern. Make sure you know how your provider encrypts, stores and protects data, and which compliance regulations it follows.

4) Paying. Cloud services can save money over time, but you must factor in all expenses up front, including the cost to use your new solutions, train staff and, if necessary, format data for cloud-based architecture compatibility. Call TeamLogic IT to learn more.