How to have a successful cloud migration

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For many organizations and enterprises, cloud migration is a topic that is a brought up frequently. The approach and success rate is better than it was in the past due to improved processes, tooling and best practices. Despite these improvements, many organizations still fail to meet their migrations goals. These failures might result in delays or disruptions in the timeline as well as cause higher costs and lower returns than predicted. This can lead some organizations to migrate their cloud workloads back to a datacenter.   


What are the challenges and pitfalls that can to be avoided? What can organizations do to have a successful cloud migration? 

Plan Effectively 

Migrations are not small undertakings. What are the business outcomes or KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of a successful migration for your organization? Understanding the motivations and outcomes for business can increase the odds of success.  


Stakeholder Buy-In 

For migration to be successful, there needs to be both clear goals and a communication strategy with Stakeholders. Executives will need information about costs, benefits and expected outcomes. Directors and managers need a detailed understanding of how the migration will change their departments. They also need information about how the migration aligns them with the rest of the organization. Communicating the motivations, impacts and benefits while also reassuring teams of new skills and capabilities can ensure buy in from individual contributors. 

Plan for Operational Change  

As organizations adopt the cloud, the changes are not limited to IT, development, or operations.  Operating workloads in the datacenter is different from operating workloads in the cloud. This might lead to changes in tooling and operations (backup, dr, security). Tooling that is central to operations might be more expensive or less effective in a cloud model. 

Plan for Skills 

The skills required to develop applications and operate workloads in the cloud are built on the skills used in the data center. Having an approach for identifying the skills needed and enabling the existing teams to grow can reduce or prevent many operational issues. As workloads move to the cloud, having the skills to manage costs, performance, security and reliability are essential. 

Plan for Applications and Workloads 

Building an inventory of applications and workloads, along with responsible parties or stakeholders can help avoid slowdowns and issues with critical applications. Trying to understand the risks early is vital. Downtime can be avoided or reduced by understanding the integrations, dependencies, risks of workloads during the planning and design process. 

The Key to Success 

Organizations that align business motivations, business outcomes, stakeholder buy-in and that create a comprehensive migration plan have been successful. The more effort you put into the plan, the more successful the process.  

How We Can Help 

The Cognizant Microsoft Business Group has helped hundreds of organizations of every size migrate successfully to the cloud. We have helped organizations successfully leave datacenters, modernize their applications, reduce costs, improve agility and be disruptive in their fields. 

We have a number of programs to help you get started, contact us today to start planning your Cloud Journey. 

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