Even after you have decided to commit to cloud computing for your business, it can still feel like you don’t know what the next steps should be, how to get started, and how to reach the level of integration that you need.
It isn’t always possible for a business to transition all of their processes to the cloud at once, or in a short time period and as such, any successful strategy will require prioritisation.
In this article we will take a look at some of the best ways to approach this transition, and help you get the most out of cloud computing…
Since it can be difficult to instantly move all of your processes to the cloud, many businesses adopt a hybrid strategy and move everything to the cloud over a set period of time, with other processes remaining in their own data centre until a full-integration is viable / necessary.
There are a number of ways that you can choose to do this, based on your own preferences as well as the characteristics and suitability of certain processes in relation to your day to day operations.
One of the truly fantastic benefits to cloud computing is its flexibility and the option to dramatically up- or down-scale to suit your needs.
Any processes that will be aided by, or require that kind of elasticity, should be a priority for transition. Cloud servers in Australia, for example, as well as all over the world, could instantly respond to any increase in demand preventing your processes from slowing down – or becoming obsolete.
In general, this will apply to applications that aren’t relied upon all year-round, but are used by everyone all at once, or are in high demand during certain periods. There are plenty of examples of what these could be, including seasonal processes – and this can be a great place to start.
Another way to prioritise is to move what you can immediately, without impacting other systems, which means that less connected processes should be transitioned first.
You can start by moving applications that don’t rely on or interact with others in order to get a portion of your processes moved in the short-term – before moving on to the more complicated applications.
Similarly, smaller processes can quickly and easily be transitioned to the cloud, while bigger ones may take a little longer to iron out.
That being said, some of the better service providers can help you to move applications quickly and with ease, which should help to expedite the process.
You may also choose to prioritise your processes by their level of data sensitivity. Some companies prefer to move less sensitive data first, before ramping up to the higher level information. Many already have their applications classed by their level of data sensitivity, so this can be a quick and effective way to group your processes for transition.
Alternatively, as cloud computing is arguably far safer and more reliable for data security than many in-house protections can provide, you may prefer to begin with the most sensitive data first, in order to give it the added levels of protection while you make the full transition to the cloud.
Ultimately, the best approach is to weigh up which of your processes are in dire need of improvement / refining, and which aren’t especially urgent. That way, you can prioritise the problem areas for maximum efficiency and expand from there.