Most small and medium business heads realize adding technology-based solutions like the Cloud can transform their businesses. However, most SMBs don’t necessarily have the right internal IT resources or expertise to utilize technology innovation to the fullest.
A significant challenge in 2016–2017 for most decision makers of SMBs considering a Cloud program is lack of expertise! According to a detailed Cloud survey from RightScale, companies are now focusing on the lack of expertise as it can decrease business performance.
Why does lack of expertise impact SMBs moving to Cloud?
Cloud migrations are complex and data loss during transitions can be detrimental to your business. Performing the migration process without any expertise can trigger business interruptions which can eventually affect customer satisfaction. Cloud migration can also be a long process and relying on the internal staff until the process is completed can affect your business routine.
Planning and preparation is critical when moving customer or business data to the Cloud. Partnering with an expert Cloud implementation partner can reduce the burden on the internal IT team and enable your business to migrate to the Cloud successfully.
How can a Cloud implementation partner help during a migration process?
Cloud implementation partners with real-time experience using advanced tools, technology can enable your business to move to the Cloud without any data loss or business disruptions. With skilled professionals developing a well-thought out migration strategy and plan for a seamless transition, your internal IT team can focus on routine business processes for improving business efficiency and performance.
Check out whether your service provider explains the following steps when you discuss the migration plan with them. Here are some of the recommendations for SMB heads to choose the right Cloud implementation partner.
- Perform IT assessments thoroughly for developing a migration strategy
- Create a roadmap to work out the plan
- Understand and define data security & privacy needs
- Examine app compatibility, utilities, platform needs
- Define operations management and monitor needs
- Assess and identify the right Cloud architecture: private, public or hybrid
- Prepare a phased transition and test plan
- Finally, perform migration
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