Starting out with a sound cloud strategy is essential. However, equal care must be taken to minimise interruptions and downtime during implementation, keeping your business running smoothly.
Once you’ve decided on a cloud solution, the next step is to plan just how it should be implemented. Thanks to the analysis and design services we provide during the consulting phase, you’ll know exactly what your business needs. What remains now is to turn these requirements into reality.
The ultimate goal is to implement your cloud as seamlessly as possible. As this often necessitates a (hybrid) migration architecture, we’ll design a roadmap to synchronise cloud migration with your business cycles—the ultimate plan for your transition to the cloud.
Your cloud-implementation project is managed according to the PRINCE2 framework. In addition to providing proactive risk and change management, this ensures your project is consistently monitored all the way through to the pilot phase, then finally handed over for operation.
When introducing cloud computing within your business, it’s also important to market the solution within your own company. This goes hand-in-hand with training users and raising awareness
Over the years, informal IT teams and networks can spring up unchecked within your company. This is known as shadow IT. They’re often the result of employees or departments growing tired of waiting around for your official IT department to act—and therefore looking for solutions outside the network. Shadow IT can include additional testing or development environments, as well as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). When migrating to the cloud, it’s important to identify any shadow IT and include it in the process.
Step by step into the cloud.
Before cloud implementation can even begin, all questions must be answered and all business goals defined. Only then is it time to take the first step.
3. Train and monitor
When everything functions properly, it’s time to train your employees. It may be necessary to provide additional on-demand support during this period. And as you begin using your cloud infrastructure, it’s essential to monitor it to ensure that your business processes continue functioning smoothly in the long term, under various workloads.
2. Test and optimise
Once data has been implemented, the infrastructure must be tested and optimised to ensure everything works as intended.
1. Convert and migrate data
As part of the cloud-implementation process, data is migrated to your new IT infrastructure. But what about older data? Should it be migrated as well, or would archiving it suffice?