How to Smoothly Transition to the Cloud

Written by Chloe Harwood

Moving onto the cloud is the next big thing in business. In fact, it’s more like the current big thing. Everyone is doing it, and you need to keep up if you don’t want to be left behind. However, moving to the cloud can seem like an enormous task when you already have your technology setup. You have servers, security systems and software all set up. Getting everything on the cloud could take a while, but there are many benefits. You can free up space and all your updates will happen automatically, for starters. Make your transition to the cloud smoother using these techniques.

Budget for It

The great thing about transitioning to the cloud is that there’s no expensive equipment. You don’t need to save up to get a new server or spend a lot on software licenses. Everything tends to be subscription based so that you can spread the cost of everything over the year. However, that does mean that you need to budget for the different costs. You might be paying monthly or yearly subscriptions. Before you begin the move to the cloud, you need to work out how much these are going to be. They’re payments you’ll have to stay on top of if you want to keep you business running smoothly.

Inform and Educate

If you’re intending to make the switch to the cloud, everyone in your company needs to know about it. Or, at least, anyone affected by it will have to know, which is likely to be almost everyone. All staff members might be affected in different ways, so you should explain what it’s going to mean to them. As well as just knowing about the move and when it will happen, they’ll have to learn how to use their new tools. Offering training is necessary for anyone who will be using the new system. Even those who think they can adapt alone could use some extra help.

Use a Professional Service

It can much easier to bring in a service to help you switch over to the cloud. They can take care of everything to make it much easier for you. If you try to do it yourself, you could have a period where work slows down or even stops altogether. But you can have someone come in and install Office 365 or your chosen software package without any delays or disruptions. Look for a Microsoft partner for more info about these services to see if they can help you. They can get everything set up for you and make sure you know how to keep everything maintained.

Consider Your Options

Before making the transition, it’s important to look at the different options available to you. Whether you’re looking at storage or software, you shouldn’t just choose the first one you see. Make sure you see what’s on offer and make a careful decision about which one is suitable for your company. You won’t necessarily want to move to the cloud version of something you already use.

Moving to the cloud isn’t always instant, but the effort is worth it in the end. Make sure you create a plan in advance so you know what you need to do.

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Chloe Harwood