Over the last decade, cloud transformation has become a must for agile businesses. But like most things worth doing, the process of moving to the cloud – also known as cloud migration – isn’t always plain sailing.
If you’re contemplating cloud transformation for your company, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing the four proven steps of cloud transformation, so you’ll know what to expect when installing your cloud infrastructure services.
Stage 1: Create Your Cloud Transformation Strategy
Cloud migration can never happen overnight. A change this large will affect every member of your company, so it’s crucial to create a detailed strategy that outlines every aspect of the transformation – from your chosen cloud host to the amount of downtime your business is likely to experience.
It would help to have a clear one-page document that outlines your entire strategy by the end of your planning phase. This should be created in close collaboration with your IT and security teams, so they can be well-placed to administer the change and support other employees during the adjustment period.
Stage 2: Build a Cloud Business Office (CBO)
A cloud business office, or CBO, is a team that oversees your move to the public cloud. It will represent key stakeholders who can take care of different aspects of the transformation, such as the security risk, cost, and time to market.
Together, they will be able to appraise the cloud computing strategy you wrote during stage one, and ensure that it’s deployed effectively throughout your company. Depending on your organisation, you may wish to create your CBO before writing your strategy so the team can have an input.
Stage 3: Prioritise Your Projects
One of your CBO’s key responsibilities will be to decide on a list of prioritisation for your different cloud transformation projects. From migrating your data from your old system to installing new software, there are many different steps you’ll need to take – so it’s important to decide which need to happen first to make your rearchitecting as streamlined as possible.
A good rule of thumb is to start with low-risk projects before moving on to tasks that pose the greatest risk to your business. For example, start by transferring your emails to a SaaS platform (software-as-a-service). This will give your team a chance to identify any potential transformation issues in a low-risk setting.
Stage 4: Switch to Cloud-Native Security
The final stage in your cloud transformation strategy should be to switch to a cloud-native security platform (CNSP). You should only do this once you’ve migrated most, if not all, of your existing business data and processes to the cloud.
Choose a CNSP that covers a variety of different cloud service providers. This will give you the freedom to use a diverse range of providers, and will mean you won’t have to switch your security system if you want to update your software further down the line. It also shows that the system isn’t financially tied to a certain provider.
Cloud transformation might not always be straightforward, but it’s the key to helping your business become more future-proof. With the fourth industrial revolution showing no signs of slowing down, you’re faced with a simple choice: embrace cloud-based capabilities or risk falling behind your competitors.