COVID-19 made what was once optional into a mandatory part of business strategy, and 2021 will
only move the needle further to the digital side, Forrester predicts.
Before the pandemic, no one could have imagined where 2020 would take us. The previous months alone have produced more digital transformation than the last decade. The question here is can we predict what’s coming in digital transformation in 2021? Forrester has released 2021 predictions for digital business, and it sees big changes coming as the post-COVID19 era continues to rapidly transform the business landscape. 2021 is the year, Forrester predicts, the majority of businesses will invest in having a complete digital presence.
2021 will mark a turning point. The business landscape has fundamentally shifted. Success will depend on firms’ ability to adapt the digital transformation. Whether you’re ahead of the game or just getting started, here is a quick checklist to make sure your business is ready to take the new year by storm.
According to a survey by IDG 62% of organizations claim their IT environment is either “all or mostly on-prem”. Yet by the end of 2021 59% of companies want to be “on-cloud”. So how to make sure that your business’s cloud migration strategy is successful? What can you do to guarantee you build an IT infrastructure that’s future-proof and aligned with your business objectives? Here is our attempt to help you make the best of the cloud migration process and achieve the lucrative benefits of cloud computing.
1- Develop a Cloud Strategy
No cloud migration process should be undertaken without a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish and how you will evaluate success. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” The strategy is the backbone of any project. To build a comprehensive cloud strategy start by answering the following questions:
Why are you moving to the cloud?
What are your main goals and objectives?
What are the KPIs for a post-migration cloud environment?
Who will lead your efforts and take responsibility for the delivery of the project? (Why you should hire us)
What the challenges and threats?
Do you understand your current digital estate?
What data are considered as your highest priority?
What budget have you allocated?
What time frame do you need to do this within?
Do you have a preferred cloud service provider? (The reasons why you should consider Salesforce)
What is the right cloud model for your business?
Preparing for a cloud migration involves reflecting on your organization’s culture and your communications channels and reshaping the relationship of your employees and clients.
2- Selecting the Right Solution Enabler and Find the Right Partner
Most probably, your business may find it overwhelming to manage migration in-house, hence, choosing a suitable service provider is a perfect choice. This would be a collaboration wherein the vendor should ideally be responsible for structuring the entire migration lifecycle – from assessment and strategy to the actual implementation and support, in the future. You want a service provider who will walk you through the complex cloud migration process get a free consultation.
Make sure that your service provider is will provide you the appropriate level of service and data protection, and will be responsive to your needs on an ongoing basis to instant provisioning, auto-scaling, and identity management. Also, there are some points that you should look out for including:
Pricing and cost
Depth of services and applications
Level of security
Compliant with the regulatory
Monitoring of KPIs
3- Your Migration Implementation
Now you’re ready to make your move to the cloud — that can be both overwhelming and exciting. At this phase, you need to follow some best practices that can help you minimize downtime and other issues:
Update your security and compliance policies.
To test the process, move your least critical applications first. If the process was successful, move onto your larger, more disruptive applications and tools.
Set priorities in order to migrate your data.
Deploying new systems and processes will likely cause some downtime. Doing this properly can keep it to a minimum, but employees must be made aware so that they can prepare if needed. You can also consider doing most of the legwork during off-hours to limit the impact of downtime as much as possible.
Use any automated or manual test to make sure your migration is done successfully.
Successful cloud migration requires appropriate planning. The process of migrating to the cloud can be extensive, complicated, and exhausting, but the benefits of being able to scale your business really worth it. Don’t forget that adhering to the points mentioned in our cloud migration to-do list should bring you closer to the desired results. Want to talk to an expert? Click here.