While the acceleration of digital transformation led to cloud migration, the process could easily reach a stalemate. Therefore, it is crucial for CIOs to understand the factors that are preventing them from advancing with their cloud migration process.
The COVID-19 wave left organizations no choice but to move their platforms to the cloud. While organizations accelerated their migration to the cloud for survival, most of these organizations find themselves stuck in a stalemate. This is because the acceleration of cloud migration led to organizations adopting processes leading to adopting strategic shortcuts. While the cloud may have come to the rescue in the darkest times, sustaining applications with short-term measures is not going to cut it. This has made organizations vulnerable to cyber risks, compliance and visibility issues as well as incurring technical debt for almost doing nothing productive.
These cybersecurity vulnerabilities result from challenges present in understanding environments, migration candidates, and dependencies to create a sustainable path for transformation.
Here are a few strategies that CIOs can incorporate to jumpstart a stagnant cloud migration process:
Establish a strong business case
In their initial phase of the cloud migration, most CIOs do not take the necessary steps to build a business case. This prototype should highlight a detailed explanation of why they should migrate to the cloud, have a risk assessment, factors that may be affected if things go south, steps to mitigate those risks, financial models as well as a business value analysis.
Revisiting this established business case at every stage of the migration process. Additionally, CIOs should remember that the business case can also benefit everyone, from the board of directors to the customers and not just the IT team.
Often cloud optimization takes too long than the designated deadline. Also, if it fails to provide good enough outcomes to justify the invested time, it may also result in wasted investment. Hence, instead of concentrating on complex workarounds, it is always better to incorporate a different approach, such as opting for an intermediary step before moving on to the cloud-native solution. Additionally, opting for another cloud service may be more effective than simply attempting to reconfigure a monolithic data cube into micro services architecture.
Design for unpredictable
By designing for the unknown, CIOs can integrate the latest technologies that are being built over time, some of which may have advanced since the organization first began to migrate to later stages. For example, the latest advancements in edge and AI/ML applications, as well as other digital transformation innovations, are continually expanding their customer experience into complete experience capabilities. Therefore, CIOs should ensure the design architecture of their organization and asset strategies have data standardization as well as governance in place. This will allow the data migration process to stay agile and adaptable to new use cases and configurations.
Make investment in project management
Since cloud migration is a complex process, CIOs must have a team of dedicated project managers on board. This will ensure that all the stakeholders are fully aware of the migration process and continuously coordinate inputs from subject matter experts (SMEs) as well as technology specialists. Working closely with the cloud engineering team, project managers help to mitigate cloud migration failure by maintaining a strategic focus on aspects that impact time, cost as well as performance.