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in Cost Saving, Digital Transformation, Project Management, StableLogic

3 Unexpected Benefits of a Cloud Migration

Over the last decade, undertaking a cloud migration process has grown significantly in popularity. Currently, most businesses have moved some services to the cloud, if not all. Companies have realised many of the advantages of such a transition, including the lower cost, scalability, and low maintenance of cloud and SaaS services.

However, while these benefits are obviously important, there are several other lesser known benefits of a cloud transition, which can have a similarly positive impact on your organisation.

Reduced Carbon Footprint
Operating a data centre requires a constant power supply for your server. When you add the cooling system needed to avoid overheating and the removal of data centre equipment when it reaches the end of its lifecycle, your data centre is creating quite the carbon footprint. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, data centres consume approximately 1.8% of the overall energy consumption in the US each year. This translates to around 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

Cloud computing reduces these figures significantly. Transitioning commonly used software applications to the cloud can cut energy use by 87%. In addition, by reducing energy use, businesses can save up to 60-85% in energy costs.

Improved IT Productivity
A cloud migration removes an organisation’s reliance on its IT department to oversee the maintenance of its onsite services, such as installing updates, maintaining servers, and troubleshooting faulty applications. Cloud migrations unburden IT teams from many of these tasks. They can then spend more time and money on innovative new ideas and projects that contribute to the company’s bottom line.

Larger Talent Pool
Undertaking a cloud migration enables staff to access data and business applications from any location via any connected device. This ensures that your employees can work from anywhere with a decent WiFi connection. Consequently, this means that you can hire from anywhere too.

So, whether new employees are based in the same city as your offices or 10,000 miles away, you can easily set them up with telecommuting technology. Thus, enabling them to work remotely. Likewise, if valuable employees move away or prefer to work from home, there’s no need to incur the costs of finding and training new talent. The larger talent pool available to your company provides you with a better opportunity to source and retain the best talent.

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Cloud Transformation: A Tricky Endeavor

For most businesses, moving services to the cloud has an undeniably strong business case. Companies now want to leverage the lower cost, scalability, and low maintenance of cloud and SaaS services.

So clearly this sounds like a no-brainer from a strategic sense. However, when it comes to moving a whole business away from old on-premise systems and onto the cloud, how easy is it?

Well the answer is, unfortunately, not very. Firstly, there are the many considerations that need to be made, such as what is the state of the network? Can cloud services be supported in your specific geography? Will new hardware be required? What is the new DR plan? How will cloud services interact with systems that have to remain on-premise? How will the change be communicated? What training is required? How will contracts be managed for old systems? And the list goes on. Clearly, big technical changes are not always easy to achieve.

Realistically, a program set out to deliver a cloud transformation can fail anywhere, common examples are:

o Poorly defined project dependencies
o Insufficient backing of budget
o Lack of change management
o Uncontrolled project changes
o Ineffective stakeholder engagement
o Inadequate skill set of project team

…again, the list goes on. In summary, without the right level of project management and project governance embedded into a project, such as a cloud transformation, the list of potential factors leading to the project’s demise can be countless.

From experience, we would go as far to say that unless you have sufficient project governance laid out from the very beginning of a project, then the project is due to fail at some point during its lifetime – realistically very quickly!

So sadly, while the original cloud strategy may seem like a no brainer, implementing the strategy can prove much more difficult.

To ensure success, moving to the cloud requires a high level of planning, often across multiple projects, underpinned by watertight change management, careful monitoring of budget and a constant review of interproject dependencies.

The objectives of the project should be continuously used to benchmark the project. In addition, the level of communication between the project members, exec board and the project stakeholders needs to be exceptionally well structured.

At StableLogic, we have carried out countless cloud deployments successfully and have overseen numerous high-profile cloud transformations. Our successes come through our 25 years’ experience of running IT deployments, through which we have developed a proven methodology fortified by a deep technical understanding. Our focus is on delivery, ensuring projects are completed on time, to budget and with the correct scope.

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