When deciding to make the migration to the cloud, the preliminary steps are imperative to the success of the transfer. Cloud migration assessment can help give organizations an idea of what they will face in the upcoming weeks, months, and even years of the cloud migration process. Effective planning is critical, not only for the cloud migration service but for all vendors involved. The assessment is also a crucial part of understanding your objectives and anticipating your needs.
A cloud migration assessment will audit your entire technical environment, making it easier to plan, prepare, and execute efficient, effective cloud migration. An assessment before cloud migration will take the pressure off your team because it allows you to target in on any areas that need to be changed before the migration. Your IT team is likely overwhelmed with complex systems, and cloud migration builds on the needs and requirements of that group.
Without a complete cloud migration assessment before starting the cloud migration process, you are opening yourself and your system up to numerous problems that may not be easy to fix.
A cloud migration assessment can help with time management throughout the migration process as well. It can show you where problems fall and where to expect downtimes. Planning for key projects, hiring periods, and training sessions can be easier throughout the process as well.
For those utilizing a cloud migration service, the assessment is imperative for their staffing needs as well. A particular team member may have specific skills and specialized expertise that your team needs at a particular time. This crosses into the world of project management and timeline planning. While our team is expertly trained and effective with cloud migration, there are individual members of teams who excel in one area or another, and they may be critical to the success of your project.
For example, while a cloud readiness team may be the ones performing the cloud migration assessment – documenting any potential problems, troubleshooting, and even solving issues, there may be another part required to help with network issues, thirty-party influence, extensions, hardware, and customizations.
Finally, cloud readiness assessments help you to achieve a faster time to value. In essence, a cloud migration assessment answers the following question: when an organization moves from its current system to the cloud, will it be successful? This assessment looks at adopting SaaS tools, migration techniques, external factors, internal factors, and the desired outcomes for the business in order to make that determination.
Errors in the cloud migration process can be extremely costly, so it is essential to ensure that the transfer is as smooth as possible. Problems within the system can lead to grievances, lost revenue, potential lawsuits, compliance issues, and lost productivity. A cloud readiness assessment minimizes the risks of any of the above happening and maximizes the results.
A cloud migration assessment is the best way to check whether or not a system is ready to move to the cloud. There are many different things it looks for and measures, but here are the most basic and specialized things it checks before migration:
Application Readiness: Is everything within your system up to date and can transfer via the cloud? Even if someone was built within the last few months, there’s a chance that it won’t move correctly. A migration readiness audit checks to ensure that your apps will function after they have been transferred.
Data Collection: A readiness assessment will also look at the data that you have and how that data has been collected. This is a sophisticated assessment that consists of checking hardware, software, employee tactics, and capabilities. The assessment looks to ensure that the collection process won’t stop during the migration and that it continues to perform at its current level or perform better.
Integration: Assessments look at the way your systems work with outside interfaces and custom integrations, such as third-party analytics applications or external systems. The readiness assessment will evaluate the strategy, integrity, and strength of your entire system to support it moving forward – or to suggest a change.
When it comes to cloud migration assessments, it is more about the information that one receives rather than the “pass or fail” mentality. The data is critical for planning the migration and then executing it successfully.
Cloud migration does not have to be difficult, though it does have to take some time to be done correctly. Working with a reputable cloud migration service can help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process, however. If you are interested in our cloud migration tools or to see if you are ready to transfer to the cloud: schedule a call with us today to find out more.