18 Things to Consider When Moving an Enterprise System to the Cloud
2Adopt One Cloud Service at a Time
3Consider Existing Dependencies
When moving an existing service, consider other applications that depend on that service. For example, an email server might be integrated with applications such as CRM or tied to Active Directory rights management systems. These applications will need to be reconfigured to make sure they point to the new email system.
4Be Aware of Hybrid Cloud Accessibility
Employees, IT and management typically access all applications on on-premises systems with a single log-in. However, a hybrid cloud infrastructure separates the previously connected systems and requires different log-ins for each. To make the log-in process more manageable, consider creating a master sign-on to mimic the ease of an on-premises process.
5Ensure That the Transition Meets Compliance Criteria
6Clean Up the Infrastructure
Moving services to the cloud is the perfect time to decommission legacy systems and clean up the infrastructure. Some of this cleanup may be optional, while other cleanup is required. For example, to replicate systems such as Active Directory to the cloud, data has to be in pristine state. At the same time, enterprises often find that many documents are simply no longer required to keep.
7Follow Compliance and Audit Policy Rules
When getting into compliance, it’s important to understand what to store and archive. For example, stored data that doesn’t need to be stored could be subpoenaed. Archives may keep employees on litigation holds for longer than needed. The same applies to audit policies. Companies may be storing archives of all employees, while only a small amount of employees need to have their data archived. Policies can require five years of archived email, while more than 10 years could be actually stored. It’s important to follow and understand these policies before making the move to the cloud to avoid legal trouble.
8Pick the Right Cloud Provider
As enterprises’ needs evolve, or in the event of a merger, an acquisition, a company divestiture or a split, it is essential the data is not held hostage to one provider. It must be moved seamlessly from one cloud provider to another. In addition, make sure the provider is the right fit in terms of longevity, scalability, cost, open standards, other integrated services/apps, location and security.
9Invest in Planning
Without proper planning, moving a service to the cloud can become a disaster quickly. First, communicate to employees what changes they should expect and when. Create a pilot project to test what will work and what won’t. Put contingencies in place. Make sure the infrastructure can handle the move and that there is enough inbound and outbound bandwidth to support the cloud.