The first thing most companies consider when considering a cloud migration is, of course, cost. Doing a Total Cost of Ownership (“TCO”) analysis for current infrastructure and comparing it to the projected TCO for cloud operations is a critical exercise in building a business case. But simply comparing costs does not answer any strategic questions or add long term business value. Likewise, cost savings alone is not the most compelling reason to move to the cloud. The evaluation process involves a more comprehensive approach involving both an articulation of your business goals and an evaluation of how your IT organization will operate post migration in order to truly harness the potential of the cloud to support and grow your business. Cost comparisons also do not identify and mitigate risks associated with a cloud migration—risks that could undermine the entire business case for making the move. So, what else should companies consider when evaluating a move to cloud?
You should know your costs, risks and benefits BEFORE you migrate to avoid unpleasant, post-migration surprises. A thorough Cloud Migration Assessment and Planning process, which Blue Sentry has performed for many organizations, should examine your business from these 6 key perspectives of an in-depth Cloud Adoption Framework:
The key deliverables of this engagement are:
Research has shown that businesses who engage in this level of thorough planning are more than three times more likely to achieve their desired outcomes versus companies who migrate based solely on TCO forecasts. When you think about it, it’s obvious: how can you achieve your desired outcomes when you haven’t taken the time to clearly understand upfront what the desired outcomes are? We often get asked, “Do I really need all of this if my environment is not large and complex?” The answer is that while the value of this process increases with the complexity of your organization and the workloads in your portfolio, even the smallest companies with the simplest workloads find value.
So why are you choosing to migrate to the cloud? Because everyone else has done it and you can probably save a little money? Or have you clearly defined the desired strategic outcomes, understood the risks, and have a detailed plan to mitigate them? The right answer is that you need to properly plan in order to ensure the success of your migration. The good news is that for many companies who qualify, the public cloud provider may provide funding for this process. Providers like AWS want to ensure that you are successful and satisfied. Find out if your company is qualified to receive funding for an in-depth migration and planning assessment.