In our previous blog post, we demonstrated what a straight-forward and simple process cloud adoption can be. Our five-step process guided you through building a motivation-driven strategy and executing a migration plan. This simple process can take you from on-prem only to managed cloud services. However, believing that is the end of your cloud journey is where many companies go wrong.

Once cloud migration has been carried out, there are a number of tasks that must be continued throughout your cloud journey. In this blog post, we will look at the three keys to successful cloud migration that everyone overlooks.

Education – Helping You Get the Very Most out of the Cloud

A key step in migrating to the cloud involves addressing all skill and knowledge gaps. When you move to managed cloud services, some roles will change, new roles may need to be created and your team will need to adapt to the new technology. Once you have effectively transitioned to cloud technologies, the learning doesn’t stop there.

To get the very most out of cloud migration, there needs to be an ethos of continued education and a strong willingness to learn. Growth-minded companies choose cloud migration. The same growth-focused companies place a huge emphasis on ongoing training and not allowing its people to become stagnant.

Technical staff need to be kept aware of how the technology works so they can effectively problem-solve. The business side need to be kept informed of the benefits and features so they can work better. The features offered by cloud technologies are constantly evolving and best practices change over time. Therefore, continuous education is key in getting the very most out of the cloud.

Governance – Ensuring Cloud Technologies are Used Correctly

Cloud governance are the procedures, processes and rules you establish and maintain in order to control costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate security risks. Having correct governance policies in place from the very beginning is incredibly important in assisting effective cloud use.

Who has access to the cloud? What level of access is granted to the people within your organisation? Do you have controls in place that monitor costs, security and where the data resides? Without proper governance policies in place you leave yourself open to unpredictability and unforeseen challenges.

Cloud governance is an iterative process. At first you might be using a hybrid of old and new policies to transition from on-prem only to cloud management. As you and your team become more familiar with the cloud, governance controls will adapt and keep evolving throughout the entire lifecycle.

Management: Low-Touch but Not No-Touch

There is a popular misconception that the cloud “looks after itself”. Believing this is a major pitfall that many companies allow themselves to fall into. Effective cloud management involves continually optimisation, reporting and security monitoring.

Optimisation – New offerings and updates are constantly being brought out and there are always new ways to improve. Procedures need to be put in place so that the cloud environment is optimised and continually re-optimised.

Reporting – To support successful cloud management practices, there needs to be an ongoing reporting process in place. This will help to highlight the performance of different aspects within your cloud system.

Security Monitoring – Effective security controls need to be put in place. Your cloud environment should to be configured with security and resilience in mind.

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