When cloud adoption is done poorly, you might as well not have migrated to it at all. Why? Because inadequate adoption isn’t a reflection of its true functionality.
While capable of many things, cloud doesn’t automatically take what you’ve done before and enhance it – you need to meet the software halfway. Only then can you evolve your organisation and realise the benefits of an off-premise solution.
If you’re yet to see your processes improve or enjoy a reduction in costs, below we’ve broken down what might have caused the delay.
1. Lack of planning
Before you transitioned, what was the desired outcome? There must have been some key motivation behind your decision – even if it was simply to improve efficiency.
It’s important to know this well in advance so that you can create an action plan detailing the individual aims you hope to achieve and how you plan on measuring each one. Break it down into phases, specifying how you want applications to evolve and how you plan on maintaining them.
With efficiency for example, by making a note of team performance prior to the move, you can report on project lifecycles and company output after enabling remote working and enhanced collaboration to assess their impact. By doing this, you can easily determine cloud’s contribution to your success.
The absence of any action plan will prevent any accurate measurement of adoption success. You won’t be able to report on efficiency, cost or output without defined objectives and desired outcomes.
2. An ill-suited platform
Don’t be fooled. You might think that public cloud platforms are much of a muchness. But there are nuances to each that can make one more compatible than the other.
For example, if you’ve heard of the wonders of containerisation, you may want to dive straight into Azure. The Microsoft-backed contender is ideal for easy building and allows for straightforward construction.
Where it falls down however, is its inability to support third party modules on your applications. Of course, an ill-prepared adoptee wouldn’t know this until well into their development – costing either a significant amount of money to change platforms, or time to reassess the strategy.
Your action plan should act as a checklist, helping to decide which platform will be compatible with your business and its requirements. Any areas where your chosen platform can’t support you, should act as an opportunity for reconsideration.
3. No in-house expertise
Yes, cloud is becoming simpler to use and containerisation technology (like Docker) is helping to simplify the process. However, that doesn’t mean environments will run seamlessly or be deployed to a good standard.
Cloud requires process evolution. And to do this, you’ll need internal expertise and a desire to enhance your organisation.
Like any technology, it needs to be supported and maintained by professionals to truly fire on all cylinders. While it might sound like a huge task at hand, it’s not impossible to train your team to do this.
In fact, with ClearCloud we walk your organisation through cloud adoption while simultaneously training your designated DevOps personnel. We’ll not only provide guidance but also teach either AWS or Azure best practice to ensure minimal disruption throughout your business.
Only through this approach can your team handle the day-to-day of cloud development without heavily relying on the support of cloud specialists.
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