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Why you need to stop viewing cloud migration as a final destination

Migrating to the cloud is perceived by some organisations as a destination in itself, a final step towards modernising IT infrastructure. However, this is largely misleading, particularly if you want to unleash the true potential of the tech to give your company ‘the edge’ in today’s restless global markets.

In reality, migrating to the cloud is not an end but a beginning. As cloud services are forever evolving, it marks the beginning of a continuous journey of transformation, innovation, and growth.

In this article, we’ll explore why viewing cloud migration as a starting point is critical for ambitious organisations.

An ever-evolving picture

Firstly, cloud technology is inherently dynamic. Unlike traditional on-premises solutions, the cloud is continuously evolving, with providers like AWS regularly introducing new services and capabilities. Amid this constant cycle of innovation post-migration, businesses need to remain engaged with their cloud provider to capitalise on these advancements. Adopting a mindset that embraces ongoing learning and adaptation is essential to capture that ‘edge’ via the cloud.

Avoiding the ‘set and forget’ mentality 

Secondly, you’d be absolutely right in thinking that cloud is a platform for increasing agility and scalability. However, this is not just a ‘set and forget’ given which organisations need to think about at the initial migration stage. Without a proactive strategy to optimise the performance, cost and scale of your business’ cloud operations, you could quickly find yourself having to deal with spiralling costs and having to contend with huge wastage. Put simply, agility is not a one-time benefit but a perpetual feature that organisations must continuously explore and exploit.

Data and analytics: It’s all in the strategy

The cloud opens up vast opportunities for data management and analytics. Post-migration, businesses can leverage cloud-based tools for data analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These technologies offer insights that can drive decision-making and innovation. However, harnessing these opportunities requires a strategic approach to data management and a commitment to continually integrate new analytical tools as they become available. Again, continuous engagement and monitoring of your cloud infrastructure will pay dividends.

Continuous tailoring of your security stance

Security and compliance are ongoing considerations in the cloud. While cloud providers offer robust security features, the responsibility of configuring and maintaining these features lies with the customer. As threats evolve and compliance requirements change, organisations must continuously assess and update their security posture. This ongoing commitment to security is critical in protecting data and maintaining trust.

Cultural transformation + Cloud = Innovation

Finally, migrating to the cloud is as much about cultural transformation as it is about technological change. It requires a shift in mindset at every level of an organisation - one where continuous improvement, experimentation, and innovation become the norm. Encouraging a culture that embraces change, learns from failures, and continuously seeks to bolster these via a cloud-first approach is crucial for long-term success.

Bring us along for the journey

In conclusion, while migrating to the cloud is a significant milestone, it is just the beginning of a journey. To maximise the benefits of cloud computing, organisations must adopt a forward-thinking approach, remain engaged with the evolving landscape, and cultivate a culture of continuous innovation and improvement. Only then can they fully realise the transformative potential of the cloud.

If you’re keen to start your own cloud journey, download our latest guide or get in touch with Jamie Shields, xDesign’s Head of Cloud via the contact information below:
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