3 Questions To Answer Before Starting Your Cloud Migration

Companies can’t simply decide on a whim to migrate to the cloud. Rather, they need to forge a comprehensive cloud migration strategy. Detailing exactly which functions will be best suited for the cloud; what they plan to accomplish with the technology; and what kinds of return on investment they intend to realize.

That’s where a strong business case can help. Business cases are generally created when your organization has a specific need that it can’t meet with its current tools or resources.

Much of your day as a decision maker is already spent asking questions (and lots of them,) whether it’s requesting status updates or assessing the impact of a project.

But did you know that questioning can be a powerful tool for unlocking the value of your cloud migration journey? 

Successful business cases are based on answering three simple questions. Not only does asking the right questions fuel innovation and better performance, but it also can help your team mitigate potential business risks through discovering unforeseen risks and pitfalls.

Here are the key questions you’ll want it to answer:

1. Why change?

This is arguably the most essential question to ask first. Your answers will make a strong case for doing something different and show the true business value that can be achieved by this change.

To guide your answer, consider diving deeper with these questions: 

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What does your organization have to gain by migrating to the cloud? 

As you’re answering this question, think about the capability gaps you look to fill with cloud computing. Is your organization looking to boost employee productivity by making information easier to access anywhere?

Or is your organization trying to increase the scale and power of your IT capabilities? Whatever the reason, make sure to outline the “why” of your pitch and how it fits into your organization’s strategic plan.  

What is your ideal end-state? 

To answer this question, think about the overall digital experience you hope to have and what your stakeholders are looking forward to with new cloud capabilities. 

2. How to change?

You’ve identified why you need a change, now it’s time to explore how you’ll actually do it. Product information and technical details can be important here, but you’ll also want to offer up more context to how you’ll support successful change.

To guide your answer, consider diving deeper with these questions: 

What does a successful cloud migration look like? 

goalThis question helps you map out your company’s vision for transition. Here you’ll want to identify key stakeholders, which applications you’re moving to the cloud, how much of your data and applications you’re moving to the cloud, how you’ll navigate security concerns, and any outstanding needs from your IT team.

What are realistic timelines? 

You’ll need to level set timing expectations. Depending on the complexity of the project, a migration can take anywhere from weeks to months, so you’ll need to prepare your teams for any disruptions and make sure your migration doesn’t happen during a peak season. 

3. Who to change with? 

You have a roadmap for why and how the cloud will help your business successfully make a change. Now, you need to identify who will help you actually make that change.

You can better understand who to engage in the migration process by asking this one question: 

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It’s important to understand what your team’s technical expertise is. This includes gaining a better understanding of what skill-sets are needed to execute a successful cloud migration. Asking this question earlier on will help you decide whether including a cloud services expert to train or help with the migration transition process is necessary--or if you can do it all in-house instead.

To learn what hidden revenue opportunities you can build your cloud adoption business case around, continue reading "There’s More To The Cloud Than Cost Savings: The Top Benefits To Know".