Top Cloud Computing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

5 sure-fire ways to botch a cloud migration and prevent your business from achieving deployment success

What do Forbes, Wired.com, and NASDAQ all have in common? Other than being authority news hubs for the financial and technological sectors, all three have touted the value of cloud computing in business. Experts from these influential sources and many more encourage business owners to at least consider adopting the cloud in order to take advantages of numerous benefits, including:

  • Quicker project turnaround
  • Greater flexibility
  • Less capital expense
  • Tailored customization
  • And much more.  
However, just because cloud migration may be the right move for your business doesn’t mean it is comes easy. When done right, cloud deployment can be smooth, but there are a number of pitfalls that many enterprise organizations fall into.

To avoid being one of one of those businesses, increase your odds of success when migrating to the cloud by avoiding these common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Selecting the wrong applications.

Once you’ve decided to shift your business applications to the cloud, there are several factors you need to consider when it comes to selecting the right apps. For one, not all applications are compatible with cloud servers. To determine if an app is suited for the cloud, its age should be assessed, along with how it was designed, how the database is configured, and how the application interacts with the other apps.

Mistake #2: Migration without reexamining business processes.

Successful cloud migration doesn’t start with technology, but rather with business goals. So when preparing for cloud deployment, conduct a thorough reevaluation of your organization’s processes and overall objectives. Moving applications to the cloud without first making your end goal clear is like embarking on a trip without knowing the final destination-you are lost right from the start.

Know where you are going and how you plan on getting there in one piece-which leads us to.

Mistake #3: Foregoing pilot projects.

A key approach to successful cloud migration is to take it in stages, or steps. One of these steps should be running a pilot, or trial, project first. Simply put, user adoption is the single-most challenging obstacle facing initial cloud deployment, and running a pilot gives you the chance to identify and address minor snags before you roll it out to all users where it would become a major problem. Pilots do take time and money, but in the end, they reduce the overall time and cost required to implement a successful cloud project.

Mistake #4: Getting caught in the single-provider mentality.

There are hundreds of cloud platforms out there. Although it would be easier to move to a single provider rather than many, having just one cloud platform does not usually suffice for reaching all of your end goals. In this multi-cloud world, instead of trying to force one platform to do commands it wasn’t made to do, include different providers to successfully undertake your cloud deployment.

On the other hand, if you divide migration into too many providers, you will quickly be drowning in cloud platforms. Our recommendation: deploy a primary cloud service with broad capabilities to be the core of your platform. (Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing services are a good place to start looking.) Then, use smaller providers to bridge in any gaps in order to fulfill your end goals.

Mistake #5: Forgetting about cloud governance.

If you investigate the reasons why many cloud deployments fall flat, you’ll find that the organization neglected governance. Cloud management platforms, (both service- and resource-level governance) or CMPs, are not just bonus features, they are a prerequisite to successful migration. Whether you have just one cloud service or a multi-cloud platform, make sure to include CMPs into the mix.

Our cloud computing consultants located in metro-Atlanta and Washington, D.C. can help you avoid these common mistakes and others. We will also work with your organization closely to deploy your cloud service as smoothly as possible and teach your team how to take advantage of all the benefits that cloud migration has to offer.

If you are interested in migrating to systems and processes that will improve your company’s function and efficiency, call us at 770.623.5734 or send us an email to request more information. Also, be sure visit our cloud computing knowledge center to learn more about how Microsoft Azure can help accomplish your business goals.