How To Plan and Execute Cloud Migration Quickly (checklist)

Ready to move some business resources to the cloud? The ability to do business online is more important than ever. From collaboration and sales processes to service delivery and cybersecurity, digital is driving success.

The fastest way to digitally transform your organization is to apply tools and platforms built for a distributed workforce to as much of your IT environment as possible.

By working closely with your IT team, you can develop a fully integrated hybrid environment that meets the needs of the moment. You can decide to bring resources back on-premises later if you want but with all the advancements in cloud computing — including cybersecurity and visibility — it’s likely you’ll never look back.

Follow these steps to plan and execute cloud migration:

 1. Prioritize your business goals and review them with your IT team, which ideally includes migration experts.

 2. Inventory your applications, data, and workloads.

 3. Determine which of your resources can be virtualized and which platforms can be phased out and/or consolidated.

 4. Look for opportunities to standardize, such as moving to a virtual desktop interface (VDI).

 5. Choose tools and platforms based on how well they will work together.

 6. Decide how you will instrument the solutions — mobile or web.

 7. Task your IT team to design the hybrid infrastructure.

 8. Plan to update your infrastructure first to ensure smooth functionality after launch.

 9. Finalize your cloud migration plan based on the optimal order of execution activities.

 10. Create an execution timeline with roles, responsibilities, action items, and deadlines.

 11. Develop written processes for remote onboarding and offboarding.

 12. Inform your employees about the rollout dates and training.

 13. Migrate resources and deploy the new platforms quickly — an experienced IT partner will have proven, standardized processes.

 14. Set up intracloud connectivity and security for transaction processing between platforms.

 15. Test and validate the hybrid environment.

With the launch of your hybrid environment, you can now do more business online and have more visibility and control. Your workforce and customers can have a seamless experience regardless of where they’re located, and processes that used to slow you down are streamlined and integrated. Make sure to keep everything running smoothly with 24/7/365 monitoring and management.

For a more thorough discussion on how to transform digitally quickly, check out Change Management When Pivoting To Digital.

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