The Future IT Infrastructure State
Once you have done the above, you can easily draw a diagrammatic view of your future state including hardware, software, skill set, applications and network requirements. Do not forget to add the users and endpoint devices topology. This should include all your connectivity from inside and outside the company. Access from anywhere will also mean you will need security, backup and redundancy.
Do a checklist of what IT skills to keep and what can be repositioned as “outsourced managed services”. The shortage of IT skills in the market makes it harder and expensive to find staff that meet your requirements. You may also decide what new skills your current IT staff will need to develop in order to support your core business.
Cloud Beyond Cost
Most of the time it is not easy to put a number down and make a quick decision whether to go ahead. Some benefits are hard to measure with dollar and cents. Some plans are needed to mitigate risk or to ease future deployment. Many of our clients whom we helped moved to the cloud derived following benefits :
- Assurance of business continuity
- Allows collaboration beyond co-workers to encompass suppliers and customers
- Availability of patches and automatic updates that free staff hours of sleepless nights
- Assured of latest software
- Enhanced Security
- Environmentally more friendly
Is Migration the “Unknown”
Migration is the biggest mystery when moving to the cloud. It is hard to establish the cost of migration from day 1. This can fluctuate considerably depending on the existing setup as well as the level of preparedness. The sheer number of dependencies and moving parts pose huge challenges at this stage. The volume of data to move, if downtime can be planned, how much downtime, ensuring data integrity, network availability, software licensing, complexity of the applications, number of hypervisors, and many, many more will affect costs.
Do make sure that loads of testing are carried out after the move. The good news is that we provide bespoke migration methodology to help clients move to cloud; and that differs from client to client. The planning process is extremely crucial. Factoring the cost of migration is a key component too.