More businesses are realizing the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of cloud computing. Over 90% of companies use some form of cloud computing and that amount will likely increase as more jump on the bandwagon. Migrating to the cloud is a huge undertaking for any business. In the long-term it can produce great benefits like increasing productivity, securing data and streamlining processes. Furthermore, organizations that don’t embrace it could be hamper their global competitiveness.

 

However, migrating to the cloud seamlessly can be a challenge, especially for small and medium-sized businesses that may have fewer funds and skilled personnel to manage the whole process. For companies that are increasing their use of cloud computing, here are some migration tips.

Test how migrated apps will perform in the cloud.

One of the mistakes that businesses make is migrating apps to the cloud, without first knowing how the app will perform in the new environment. Before migrating mission critical apps, it is important to test how they will perform and make any necessary tweaks, so that they run optimally.

Do an assessment of current IT assets.

Before migrating anything into the cloud, it is crucial for companies to assess what data and assets already existing. In other words, take an inventory of what you have and note what needs to be migrated. An assessment before migration should also examine the security of your data to make sure it is safe from beginning to end.

Start small and work your way up.

Moving everything into the cloud all at once can be risky. Companies can move less critical apps first, then place more essential apps after. This doesn’t mean that the process must take a long time. With a cloud services provider assisting, it can smooth the process along. However, it is ultimately more important to prepare for a strategic and secure move to the cloud rather than rush into it.

Consult with a managed services provider.

Organizations should be fully prepared for all the odds and ends that go into a successful cloud migration. That means having a plan and the right support team in place to carry it out. Companies should consult with IT experts or a managed services provider to help guide them in every stage of the migration process.

 

Small and medium-sized businesses can benefit greatly from migrating to the cloud. Those that choose not to adopt cloud computing could risk getting left behind. However, SMBs don’t have and in many cases shouldn’t go through the process on their own. SMBs can look to managed services providers to provide the technical skills needed to manage cloud migration and other IT needs at a rate that is cost-effective.