There is no doubt that the shift in thinking towards what is best for the business has really taken hold over the last 12-months, more than ever.
The conversations about technology have been more business driven simply because of the necessity to provide more flexible, location independent solutions for all levels of users of technology. One of the results of the imposed pandemic conditions has produced a change in approach to how people work – not only in terms of their geography or location, but also in their work patterns, or when they work.
Solsoft has always worked with its clients to develop technology solutions which suit the outcomes that make them successful, creating the conditions for success by careful strategic analysis and working closely and collaboratively to make sure that technology is an enabler to that success.
Cloud migrations, or conversions are not new but have certainly become one of the main focuses for companies, even in a post-Covid world. Many companies have realised that a dispersed workforce can be as, if not more, effective providing they have the right tools to do the job and the reliability to maintain services and keep people active and efficient.
We wholly recommend cloud migrations where the best outcomes are achieved by doing so; we do not recommend cloud migrations if the organisational benefits do not meet the strategic results that the client is relying on.
There are some things that need to be considered;
- Are your applications cloud-ready? Does your software provider already have cloud- based solutions or are you able to run the applications on your own cloud infrastructure?
- Is your data ready to be cloud migrated? The old adage applies; rubbish in, rubbish out. You may need to consider a clean-up before you migrate.
- Does the cost of a migration outweigh the benefit? While there’s normally a good case for this, the immediate project costs can look excessive, but this is often counter balanced by the ongoing accessibility and efficiency that the users benefit from.
- What are the security requirements for your data in the cloud? Make sure that data sovereignty is assured, that cloud providers are certified, check that any contractual customer data security requirements are covered.
- Does the organisational strategy or policies specify any particular guidelines on the adoption of cloud technology?
In essence there are three types of cloud conversion, or migration that are available:
- SaaS (Software as a Service) where application providers have ready made solutions, such as CRM applications, or email, or finance solutions.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service) where cloud platforms are available to build or deploy your own solutions upon public or private cloud based services, Microsoft Azure being a good example.
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) gets you access to provision dedicated cloud based servers, along with infrastructure services such as data storage backup, security and networks and is bought based on what is consumed.
Why you may want to consider a Cloud Conversion
Of course, it’s not always going to fit.
There are, however, lots of good reasons that you might want to go towards the cloud, here’s four of the main ones:
- The ability to scale systems and resource upon demand, using more when you need it and less when you don’t
- Being able to access systems and applications from anywhere – not just from your company domain
- Replication assurance – for business continuity a cloud based system is a no brainer. Could infrastructure has a very high resilience factor and there’s less chance that a single server failure can cause a widespread outage, improving your business continuity effectiveness immensely.
- Cost effectiveness is normally a winner, removing the need to service and maintain a room full of servers and the supporting infrastructure. Prices have improved dramatically over the last few years.