More businesses are moving all of their computing operations to the Cloud to take advantage of its many features and efficiencies. However, there are many factors to consider before completely switching over from on-premises technology. Understanding the full scope and impact of the effort is essential. While each business’s needs and situation are unique, some things to consider include:
- Costs associated with sunsetting existing on-premises equipment
- Forecasting technology expenses
- Requiring more Cloud services than anticipated
- Data transfer and uploading costs
- Premium fees for dedicated Cloud services
- The need to redesign or refine existing workflows
- Retraining the IT team or hiring a new one with Cloud expertise
- Time spent on Cloud planning
The mature Cloud offers organizations the ability to eliminate the need to buy and maintain major physical IT infrastructure and only pay for services that they need. Cloud technology also offers benefits like enhanced efficiency and support for remote workers. At Handled, we help many businesses go full-Cloud, but we always take the time to get ask questions and get a holistic view of operations and requirements first—because the answer to “Should my business move everything to the Cloud all at once?” is, “It depends.”
When it comes to costs, many Cloud services offer pricing calculators that can help with estimates, but there can be other issues at play that business leaders need to consider. Determining whether to go full-Cloud or continue to use on-premises technology is contingent on many factors—including what a business does, its size, and its goals. Some additional issues to consider include:
There are no hard-and-fast rules about what kinds of organizations should go full-Cloud or when. It is usually easier for smaller businesses to transition, and newer businesses can be on it from day one. It also depends on the type of work being done.
For example, a copywriting business dealing mainly in text-based documents could easily go full-Cloud, while a marketing agency focusing on video might need in-house infrastructure to ensure employees can quickly upload, download, and manipulate large video data files. Both companies are in the same field, but their needs are very different.
To effectively assess whether an organization should go full-Cloud, leaders need to determine what it wants to accomplish (both short- and long-term), what Cloud functions and capacity it needs to meet those goals, and the associated costs. If the costs are significant, or if budget forecasting is a factor, then leaders need to weigh the benefits as well as the risks. In some cases, a hybrid approach or phasing in Cloud services over time to replace on-premises technology may be the best solution.
It can be challenging for business leaders to figure out the best approach to Cloud on their own. If your organization needs clarity on the total costs or other insights associated with migrating to the Cloud, Handled is here to help. Contact us to get started.
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