Like everything in life, the best things don’t fall from the sky, they require real work behind the scenes. The same goes for cloud migrations. A successful migration doesn’t just ‘happen’, a lot strategic planning is involved!  

Today, we pull back the curtains on what a first-class cloud migration strategy looks like. So, take notes, take action, and take the compliments that will be given your way after you pull of asuccessful project!

1. Drive for optimisation 

What better time to do a spring clean than during a cloud migration? Instead of having randomly selected tools, products and applications, you can have a carefully hand-picked selection which helps your team function at optimum capacity.  

The speed of innovation in the technology industry means that there’s most likely higher performing tools on the market that you could replace your current choice with, for instant increased productivity.  

2. Money, money, money 

Don’t get hung up on the initial cost of your cloud migration. If most great things in life take planning, the other portion cost a bit of coin. It will be worth it in the long run, when the cost is quickly eclipsed by your ROI.  

Cloud computing also offers countless advantages that can’t be calculated in ROI, such a location free work environment!  

3. Look for the problems 

The technology industry is notorious for devising solutions, and then looking at the problems…. don’t do that.

Instead, take a good, hard look at your technology stack and pinpoint all of your pain points, first. If you double down on these you are really going to make the most of the opportunities migrating tothe cloud gives you.

4. Keep it simple, stupid 

The multitude of opportunities that moving to the cloud is mind-boggling. There’s a LOT on offer. With this, businesses tend to go a bit crazy, and introduce more tools and apps than are actually needed. Take a look around at what you have first, there’s no point in trying to introduce technologythat doesn’t fulfil a particular purpose.  

The best place to start is where there is an obvious advantage to be gained. Because of this, mostbusinesses start by migrating to Office 365. This is because Office 365‘s advantages include remote email access, data storage and a whole lot of productivity tools.  

So, now that you’ve got your cloud migration strategy ducks in a row, it would be wise to start looking at tips and tricks for how to conduct a successful cloud migration. 

For this, we have collated our insights from the countless cloud migrations we have performed into a free guide, How to migrate your business to the cloud successfully. In this guide we help you prepare your business for the common obstacles most businesses face when taking to the cloud, so you can anticipate and swerve for a smoother, successful migration. You can download your free copy here