Companies that embrace the public cloud are able to unlock a number of benefits, from cost-savings and flexibility, to accelerated development cycles and deployment.
Before making the leap to the cloud, however, it’s important to have a solid blueprint in place. That means exploring these five things about your company:
1. Your technical maturity
Not every company has the right foundation in place to migrate to the cloud. Assessing your technical maturity will help ensure you’re able to make the switch efficiently and successfully.
Assessing your technical maturity goes beyond your own internal abilities, though that’s obviously important. It also means knowing whether every facet of your company is ready to make the shift. In many ways, this is about culture more than capabilities as a successful migration and — tapping into the full benefits of the cloud — requires buy-in from every level of the company.
For more on technical maturity, check out our free eBook The Redapt Technical Maturity Framework.
2. Your application portfolio
Application modernization is one of the most powerful ways a company can fully leverage the cloud and deliver better products and services for customers. The question is: which apps are best suited for the transition?
By taking a thorough look at all the applications your company currently relies on, you can identify those that should be updated to work best with the cloud, and those made redundant or insufficient for ongoing usage in your new environment.
In many ways, the public cloud will be a sea change for your development process as a whole, which means that not every application you believe is indispensable today will stay that way when it’s untethered from your internal infrastructure.
3. Your current workflow
Similar to your technical maturity, you need a thorough understanding of your current workflow — and its potential inefficiencies — before charting out a path to the public cloud.
Ask yourself questions like:
- Where are the current bottlenecks in your workflow?
- How much are you willing to invest in new skill sets?
- Are you ready to embrace a DevOps culture?
Determining the answers to these questions will help you determine whether you should take on the migration to the public cloud yourself or, more likely, find a trusted partner to help you make the transition with best practices.
4. Your timeframe
Making the shift to the public cloud is not something you want to rush into. At the same time, moving too slowly once you’ve started the process can cause unnecessary disruptions to your business.
This again is where you’ll likely find very real value in seeking out a partner to help you set a timeline and blueprint for your migration.
5. Your end goals
A good rule of thumb when making a major change like moving to the public cloud is to know where you’re going, then work backward from there.
So as you start to explore the process, identify exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve.
Do you want more flexibility in your development process? Do you want to leverage tools such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to gain better insight into your data? Do you want to accelerate the deployment of new products and services in order to better compete? All of the above?
Once you have your goals nailed down, you’re in a prime position to begin the migration process in earnest and begin realizing the power the cloud offers.
For more on unlocking the benefits of the public cloud, contact us today.
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