Five pitfalls of cloud migration

Petja Venäläinen Director, Cloud & Connectivity, Solita

Published 17 Jan 2022

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Migrating to the cloud does not necessarily provide the benefits expected. You are not achieving cost savings, time to market is not improved or the effective management of cloud services is challenging. We listed five common pitfalls that companies moving to the cloud can face, and how to avoid them.

As we have helped our customers to migrate to the cloud, we have noticed several most typical pitfalls that affect achieving the intended benefits of the migration. It is crucial that you plan the migration carefully. Start small and test: get results quickly and see if you need to make changes.

Here are five common pitfalls – you can deep dive into them by watching our webinar recording where we talk more about cloud migration.

1. No reason to migrate

If saving money is the only reason to start a cloud migration, think again. You don’t necessarily save money by using the cloud, but by how you use the cloud; so make sure you have strategic reasons to start the migration.

2. No business case

Make sure your reasons include business elements. Cloud migration has to help your business. This can mean anything, for example, “being able to use data more easily”, “connecting data easily via an API” or “keeping data up to date for longer”; you name it.

3. No governance

No clear governance means that you are exposing yourself to major risks: you are not sure that configured security controls are working as intended. You have no visibility to your cloud deployments, for example. It still happens too often that an employee pays the cloud costs with their personal credit card and then reimburses it from the employer. As soon as this person leaves the company and the invoices are no longer paid, the cloud application comes to a standstill. Catastrophe strikes!

4. No technical standard to help

Cloud migration is a complicated and extensive process that you have to go through. Fortunately, there are frameworks around governing the cloud adaptation that creates a solid base to start your migration from. Available solutions from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure like Landing Zones, ease the transition. Use them. They’ll make your life easier.

5. No control over the amount of work

Those who have made the decision to migrate to the cloud can sometimes be underwhelmed and feel like they are faced with a mountain of work that they can’t see past. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk this path alone, and there are specialists – like Solita – to help you on your cloud journey.

Want to know more about how to tackle cloud migration? Watch our webinar recording.

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