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How To Successfully Transition To The Cloud

January 3, 2019

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How To Successfully Transition To The Cloud

The global public cloud market is projected to grow by 22% year over year. In 2018, estimates show that the cloud market has increased to 178 billion, up from 146 billion only a year ago. There’s no denying it: companies will continue to make the switch to cloud computing. If you’re looking to make the switch, you’ll need to know how to transition to a cloud-based computing model successfully.

Why is cloud-based computing becoming so popular?

Cloud-based computing is new, innovative, and is solving today’s complex business problems. The digital age requires digital solutions, and the cloud is the answer to making the business run smoothly while also keeping data secure.

Progressive businesses understand that cloud computing is profitable, efficient, and offers a wealth of organizational benefits. The cloud combines grid, utility, and on-demand computing all together in one virtual server, which eliminates complexity and allows for incredibly efficient business processes. Cloud-based computing has become so beneficial for businesses that 80% of surveyed companies plan to double their public-cloud use within three years.

There are so many different ways to alter your systems to a cloud-based computing model. But people and processes are continually changing, which can cause adaptation errors and waste valuable time. The transition from on-premise computing to a cloud-based model can be tricky.

So, what can you do to make the transition as successful as possible?

Define the strategy

First, you’ll need a clearly defined strategy. Without one, you’re in danger of wasting time and confusing your team. Plus, a lack of planning can throw your cost estimates off course. Get a comprehensive, efficient strategy outlined first and save yourself hassle and money.

An undefined strategy also puts you at risk of a security breach. If your software licenses don’t fit the cloud model, security issues can arise. Also, unprepared or unmotivated IT can lack the ability to be a service provider, as opposed to an IT vendor.

How can you define your strategy?

For security issues, you’ll need to develop a cloud-centric cybersecurity model that includes the following:

In addition, you’ll also need to do the following to make the transition to cloud successfully:

Also, it’s critical that you understand internal issues, processes, plans of action and the correct approach before you invest money into cloud computing. Without a comprehensive understanding of internal processes and effects, you run the risk of wasting money and time.

Plan to track cloud success, resources, data, and services that are bound to each resource you’re using. You’ll also need to select the right tools for your cloud. Hybrid amounts of cloud versus on-premise computing systems will cause different businesses to have different needs.

When you transition to the cloud, think of it as a process of not just delivering new technology, but as providing new technology as a reliable service. Cloud computing will reduce your costs, but transitioning to the cloud can quickly get out of hand. To transition efficiently & successfully, you may want to invest in a third-party service to deal with any underlying technical issues, and keep your data safe.

K3 Technology has been developing, building, and maintaining fully managed & secure networks for over 15 years. If you want to take advantage of cloud-based computing without the complexity of a DIY job, give us a call today at 303-770-8050and see what we can do for your business.

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Kelly Kercher
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