There is no doubt that cloud is gaining importance. Many of you must have read about this technology and its growing importance. More and more organisations are embracing this technology not forgetting start-ups. The process begins by dipping the toe in the ocean of cloud for testing environments, deployment of new applications. The next step is moving non-mission critical data, analytics to the cloud. And eventually, by moving mission critical data to the cloud server, the transition to the cloud is complete.
This approach has led to the steady growth to the industry’s significant evolution and has emerged as a natural choice for the majority of the organisations. Though, keeping aside the benefits of cloud, CIOs and CFOs cannot overlook the risks, pain and cost associated with cloud migration. With the technologies in past where more and more hard work is associated along with CFOs writing so may checks, the transition to the cloud is by most of the organsiations viewed as another potential exercise in pain. Let’s see how the above assumption can be proved wrong.
Have a Migration Plan
Moving to cloud can sometimes change the entire IT setup of the organization. It is important that organisations should carefully and deeply gauge the impact of such a change to the organization and then prepare themselves accordingly.
Initially, the decision makers should think about the sophistication of the system required. What amount of data will run in the cloud and the complexity of the data? It is essential that IT individuals should be willing enough to take upon altered roles. Their responsibility may shift to vendor managers from strategists and technology firefighters. After this, is the company open to change and if not then is the pain of transition worth the effort?
All such issues are the stepping stone of a migration plan. They also play an important consideration into how the CSP is selected. Choosing a right partner will make a significant difference while talking about buy-in across the organization.
Range of CSPs
There are a lot of CSPs to choose from and it is important that the best is chosen in accordance with the needs of the organization. Many of the fundamentals concerns of the cloud are addressed by large CSPs whereas small CSPs are yet to do that.
One way of evaluating CSPs is to demand a copy of the SOC 2 (Service Organization Control Report). This report should cover most of the questions, generating an unbiased and accurate gauge of the processes and security of the CSP. As a part of the financial audits, most of the CPAs are involved in evaluating third-party services. It should be able to pass on enough light on potential risks related with CSP under construction.
An Enhanced Relationship with Risk
Transitions can be uncertain and hence organisations have to face a reality check of cloud being well established which is the groundwork of the IT operations in future. This is very tough for the organisations to undertake and hence organisations should closely consider the relation with risk which is eventually the root of any foremost operational decision.
It is important to choose that CSP which brings in more comfort to that relationship of risk. Cloud can help in creating predictability, improving controls as well as lowering risks while creating an enhanced access to data. In the process of successful transaction, fewer distractions will be there to disturb companies and giving them greater opportunities to focus on the core mission of the organization.