Cloud computing is no longer new ground for organizations, but surveys show that there’s still room for growth in the way these solutions are used. IDG’s 2020 Cloud Computing Survey found that even though 55% of organizations are using two or more public clouds, a whopping 79% are struggling to achieve synergy across their multiple platforms.
However, we don’t see this dysfunction as a permanent feature of multi-cloud architecture; it’s just a brief detour. If your organization can overcome the most common cloud migration challenges, you’ll be one step closer to better performance, speed, and collaboration.
One of the biggest challenges with cloud architecture is the lack of interoperability. Not all public cloud vendors will have compatible systems or formats, creating rifts in your collaboration. Since cloud implementation has historically been a more ad hoc process, multi-cloud architecture has grown in unplanned ways. If the components of first-wave cloud implementations were mapped out like cities, they’d have hodge-podge framework and infrequent throughways of places like Boston or Dubai.
With the adoption of multi-cloud architecture, more organizations are finding that they need to approach any digital transformation from an intentional and strategic standpoint. The best way to get there is to answer these questions:
Cloud spending is spiraling out of control. Some executives estimate that 30% of cloud spending is wasted. With the financial constraints of the current market, your organization needs to make every penny count. Rather than ignoring much-needed cloud implementations (especially as a greater percent of the workforce is still remote), there’s more justification for a strong proof of concept. Remember, you don’t have to build the Burj Khalifa or even the Willis Tower in a day.
With tight budgets, it’s important to think of what cloud implementation will be cost-effective and will contribute business ROI. That means that the most appealing cloud solutions in the current climate are going to have a direct correlation with your revenue generation. That way, you can implement a quick and inexpensive solution that it easier to justify with CFOs.
Plus, if you align this implementation with your overall cloud strategy, it’ll be easier to replicate the steps and this particular success story down the road.
Gartner set the record straight on public cloud security within the last year. They evaluated the majority of security breaches making headlines and found that in most cases, a trend of “misconfigured database” or “negligent third-party vendor” were major root causes. In essence, the cloud services themselves are typically not the security issue – the greatest threat comes from users or even inexperienced administrators.
Whether you are overseeing the cloud migration yourself or working with a partner, you need to follow cloud security best practices from start to finish. Here’s what every good cloud steward needs to ask:
Though you can’t anticipate every challenge that could arise as you implement new cloud tools, working with the right partner can help you surmount most hurdles. A cloud solutions partner can keep track of a wide-range of different vendors, leveraging experience from repeat implementations to ensure your migration projects go off without a hitch.
Don’t let cloud migration challenges hold your business back. Our digital transformation solutions can help to transform your business and take your capability to the next level.