The Cloud How to Handle a Successful Transition

What is the cloud?

The term ‘the cloud’ simply refers to the outsourced use of computer software and hardware to a remote location that can be accessed on demand. Essentially, businesses can benefit from powerful technology whenever they need to, without having to install the often complex infrastructure themselves.

The most common uses of cloud-based technology are for increased computing power, often known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and for specialized business software, usually known as software as a service (SaaS). Of these, the most common and accessible for most companies is some form of SaaS.

More and more organizations are now transitioning to the cloud, and there has been a huge proliferation of services on offer in recent years in order to meet the growing demand. If you’re considering switching some of your infrastructure to the cloud, it’s important to choose the right service, then to execute the transition with minimal disruption to operations. Below, we’ll go through some top tips to ensure this successful transition.

What are the benefits of using the cloud?

The benefits of using cloud technology vary depending on the precise service you’re using, but here are some of the main general benefits.

Greater efficiency

All staff can access the same infrastructure from anywhere and at any time, helping to streamline operations.

Lower initial expenditure

Pricing is usually subscription-based, meaning organizations don’t need to pay out prohibitively large costs to own the equipment and software outright.

Automated updates

Software and hardware will generally be updated and upgraded over time by the service providers as standard, helping customers effortlessly keep up with the latest technologies.

In-built support

Many cloud service providers offer comprehensive support as part of their subscription packages, making it simple for customers to resolve any issues quickly and cost-effectively.

Enhanced flexibility

By accessing software or hardware on demand, companies can scale their infrastructure as and when it’s needed with minimal effort.

Top tips for a successful cloud transition

Clearly identify the issues you want to solve

Before choosing which cloud services you want to integrate, it’s vital to understand what challenges you are trying to overcome, or which areas of the business you want to improve.

Do you have outdated accounting software? Is your procurement strategy struggling to meet demand? Perhaps your servers are too slow and can’t keep up with your rapid expansion? Running some focus groups and talking frankly to different departments are great places to start and can provide real insight into any room for improvement in your current operations.

Build your transition strategy

Now you’ve identified areas for improvement, you can come up with specific goals such as automating your procurement or implementing more user-friendly ERP software. Estimate how much time and/or money you could save by boosting efficiency in certain areas to give you a more accurate idea of your budget.

From here, you can start to see what cloud service providers are offering and whether they fit with your goals and budget. Talk to different companies, get some quotes, and even try out different options on a small scale by taking advantage of the short term trials often offered by SaaS providers.

Integrate your operations with the cloud

You’ve decided which service suits your organization best and now it’s time to make the transition. Executing this stage with minimal disruption to operations is crucial for any business, so make sure all employees and departments are notified in advance of the changes. This could involve training of key staff to help them hit the ground running.

With most cloud transitions, the core concerns are regarding things like ensuring data security, seamless integration, and keeping costs down. All of these issues can be most easily addressed by consulting experts in cloud transitions to guide you through the process.

What support is available?

Eaglera has provided cloud transition guidance to organizations spanning all kinds of industries, from tech to manufacturing, customer service and more. Our expert consultants specialize in providing targeted support to suit the specific demands of each client.

We work with you to assess your business, identify areas for improvement, then build a bespoke transition strategy and guide you through the process. It’s our job to provide high-level support and oversight throughout, ensuring a smooth and successful cloud transition.