Business migration to the cloud is inevitable. Just as the internet and smartphones have radically transformed our lives, this technology is shaping business models in ways never seen before, with the innovation offered by mobility, accessibility, and agility provided by virtualized environments. Not surprisingly, global investments in cloud computing services are expected to reach US$ 500 billion by 2020, according to data from the IDC IT research institute.
This not only reinforces the maturity of cloud usage, but also points to how companies have come to see cloud computing over the years: something restricted to large players in the market due to implementation costs – which were typically charged in dollars, to an irreplaceable ally in the strategies for reducing expenses and increase efficiency, due to the great popularization of the concept worldwide.
However, while IT managers are increasingly talking about the cloud, most Brazilian companies still have a long way to benefit from applying this concept to businesses, and thus survive in the new scenario. It is a fact that many local companies have not yet fully embraced cloud computing, as pointed out by the IT Brazil Snapshot survey, published last year, showing that, although 82% of companies in Brazil hire some cloud service, only a small portion of them (15%) have 75% or more of the corporate environment in the virtualized model.
To help IT managers who still have not decided when to fully migrate, or which cloud model – private, public, or hybrid – they ought to choose, below is a list of suggestions:
1. Prepare and Plan
First and foremost, one needs to analyze what is critical for their company, what can be fully migrated to the cloud and what needs to be accessible both in the on premise and virtualized environments. This mapping will indicate the urgency of the need and the ideal cloud model to be adopted.
2. Migrate little by little
Be careful with the applications that will be placed in the cloud. In general, back office applications (e-mail, information, and collaboration systems) are migrated first, as a test to evaluate the virtualized environment, so that only after everything is certified, the most sensitive systems, such as ERPs and work, are uploaded to the cloud.
3. Manage the new environment
Having a management platform is critical to gaining a comprehensive view of access flows, as well as to monitoring workloads, identifying bottlenecks and possible flaws to be addressed, and thus better harnessing the potential of the cloud.
4. Study new possibilities
Once everything is migrated and running properly, it is time to explore other cloud features such as mobility, analytics and Big Data, among others. The opportunities that can appear with the use of these tools are almost endless, and one of them can perfectly fit the demands and expectations of each type of business.
5. Transform the business
Once these steps are taken, companies will have a foothold in digital transformation, opening the door to new technologies that can further leverage cost-effective and increase efficiency strategies along with the cloud.
Hence, do not be afraid to test the innovations that may show up along the way.
Lastly, if the company does not have the expertise to deploy the cloud, it is very important to have partners able to guide the company along this journey into the universe of cloud computing. But beware, since there are many service providers who promise worlds and funds when implementing the cloud. In order not to have a hard time, try to know the certificates and reputation of these providers. After all, only a real partner would treat your IT environment as you yourself would.
By Tiago Miranda, Microcity business director