6 Best Practices For Successful Cloud Implementation
Dec 21, 2020
Current economic conditions are driving businesses toward cloud computing, and others have seen the value it can deliver. It is now considered a disruptive force that enables them to go forward against current challenges. Yet, there is still a lack of cloud integration with the rest of the enterprise. That's why realizing its full potential relies on integrating data in the cloud with on-premise applications and databases.
It is understandable that most companies cannot, and will not, abandon their previous IT investments to make the leap to the cloud all at once. Moreover, it will be more likely to see a gradual shift in business processes to the cloud over time, as well as in the computing model. Although cloud implementation offers several clear advantages, it is also among the things that doesn't come without risks. These risks must be carefully considered in order to avoid a poor cloud implementation experience.
Here are best practices for a successful cloud implementation:
1. Create a cloud strategy using SMART goals
First and foremost, don't jump in without specifying the short-term and long-term cloud strategy, and how it relates to the business. This will lay the groundwork on where this effort will take the business, and helps establish realistic goals and priorities. Use SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) to help you narrow down the process.
2. Learn from the mistakes of those who came before you
During the days that cloud technology took the stage, early adopters took a standalone approach to cloud computing. But implementation challenges that were spotted before were very few. Also, for some enterprises today where traditional IT infrastructure is part of the core business operations, the “detached” cloud might deliver only short-term value and may need future re-implementation or migration. Although a standalone approach risks creating silo-ed applications, an integrated cloud strategy will deliver long-term results.
3. Automate as much as possible
Given how intricate and time-consuming cloud implementation can be, it is advisable to automate as many aspects as possible – to reduce toil as well as operating costs. Consider automating the provisioning, configuration, and management of your cloud-based infrastructure and free up precious time and resources to cut disruption and drive mission-critical innovation
4. Educate and train the users beforehand
The literacy of other users about the purpose and function of the cloud also affects the success or failure of your cloud implementation. Since they will be performing day-to-day tasks using the cloud, they must have in-depth training. This is not only to ensure they understand the importance and benefits of cloud adoption but also to reduce potential cloud adoption barriers.
5. Ensure the performance and availability of data
Today, cloud computing services provide levels of availability and performance that outperform internal infrastructure. When designing a cloud strategy, identify integration requirements for each system (real-time, near real-time, batch), and determine the number of simultaneous requests to be handled, and specify all special architecture requirements. Success depends on ensuring information will not be lost if the cloud or on-premise source goes down. (Yes, even the cloud needs a backup plan.)
6. Track and optimize
The journey to the cloud doesn’t end at implementation, and organizations must invest in evaluating, monitoring, and managing cloud-based services, applications, and infrastructure. This will ensure long-lasting returns, especially when there are investments in modern monitoring tools to drive cost optimization, performance improvements as well as security compliance.
Successful cloud implementation requires a deep understanding of your applications and careful coordination among stakeholders (users). It also requires a consistent implementation plan repeated over and over again, that will enable you and the business to emerge as winners from the journey. Embracing best practices will help reduce the risks associated with implementation while improving performance and reducing other costs.