At the Core
10 December 14

What is Your 2015 Plan? Thoughts on Cloud Planning for Your Company

Around the world, there are countless businesses figuring out that they can reach new levels of success by migrating over to cloud solutions that will help them meet numerous business needs. In today's fast-paced corporate climate, it's incredibly useful to have online solutions that will help you store data, share it with others and collaborate seamlessly with colleagues at any time, from anywhere in the world.

The cloud offers myriad benefits, but making the transition can at times be a long-term process. The cloud may be the promised land, but the "road" to reach it is long. In many situations, moving to the cloud means taking your existing data and performing a migration process to move it away from legacy solutions and into a new platform. For example, you may already have financial and HR information stashed away in Excel spreadsheets, and you need to move it over to a cloud solution without losing any data or disrupting your current business operations.

"The cloud offers myriad benefits, but making the transition can at times be a long-term process."

This process is complicated, and it's far from foolproof. In order to make sure you're handling it correctly, you want to be sure to carry out the prerequisite legwork before migrating any of your data. This way, you can navigate the cloudward "road" safely, and make good time.

The preparation to migrate consists of two major steps – evaluating the feasibility of your cloud plans, and learning all the important facts about cloud use and how it will impact your business.

Gearing up for the cloud
Before you make the move to the cloud, you should be able to answer a fairly basic question – is this feasible for your business? Do you have the infrastructure in place that you need to get the job done right?

According to EvoSwitch, there's a long checklist you should polish off in advance of making the cloud transition. Jan Wiersma, the company's cloud and data center evangelist, notes that first and foremost among them is technical feasibility. What impact will a cloud application have on your existing tech architecture – including your hardware, software, available bandwidth?

Beyond that, there are additional concerns like data governance and costs. All in all, it helps to have a complete understanding of how realistic your business' long-term cloud goals may be.

Learning all the angles
Before moving into the cloud, you want to know the technology inside and out. You want to be an expert on all of the cloud systems, applications and networks that are out there and what their specific strengths and weaknesses are. With that information, CIO.com noted, you can make the best possible decision about how a cloud solution might fit your business – and how it will affect your bottom line.

Migrating all your business' data is a big step.

When you make the move to the cloud, you need to be thinking about the short- and long-term impact that such a move will have on your company's ROI. You'll need to consider not only the costs associated with adopting a cloud solution and transitioning to it, but also the financial gains that should result from the move – including increased productivity, reduced IT overhead costs and more. These things are quantifiable. 

Any online data management solution, whether hosted via public or private cloud, is a big undertaking. Knowing all the angles ahead of time is a significant first step.

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