Use This Cloud Readiness Assessment for Faster Digital Transformation

Posted by Jim Hawk on Feb 11, 2019 1:29:06 PM
Jim Hawk

Digital transformation, as you’re undoubtedly aware, is an ongoing transitional process where a company integrates digital technology into every facet of their organizational structure and, in many cases, migrates it into the cloud. This is a key initiative that every company will eventually need to undergo if it hopes to remain a competitive presence in their respective field.

However, before a company embarks on such a journey, they may want to conduct a cloud readiness assessment in order to evaluate where their company currently is and where it needs to be in order to successfully achieve a thorough digital transformation. With the following steps, you can conduct your own cloud readiness assessment and get well on your way towards a fast and efficient digital transformation.

Utilize 3rd Party Services

Partnering with third-party services can save you time and money, as their expertise can help your company augment its in-house digital transformation efforts, remove roadblocks, and ultimately help your business achieve an efficient transition into a digital landscape. When you outsource part of your digital transformation, you’ll gain access to a wealth of experience and resources that you wouldn’t have been able to utilize otherwise.

Third-party partners can also help you eliminate CSPs and products that won’t be a great fit for your company’s transformation needs. For example, marketplaces like UCXmarket provide companies with a hassle-free space where thousands of VMs, bare metal, and colocation or cloud vendors compete against each other for your business. With this kind of market at your side, you can speed-up your digital transformation, facilitate its deployment, and ultimately help you better evaluate your internal resources and better assess how ready your company is for its digital transformation.

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Evaluate Your Workloads

Another thing a company must do when outlining their plans for a digital transformation is to take a close look at their existing workload and the processes those workloads will have to undergo before moving to the cloud. Some common workloads that you’ll likely want to migrate to the cloud include:

  • Business applications

  • Email servers

  • SaaS services

  • External/internal websites

  • FTP servers

  • And many more

Some of these workloads are independent, others are interconnected with a variety of additional applications, but you’re going to want most—if not all of them—to eventually migrate over to the cloud.

To put this into perspective, let’s look at some research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). The study in question found that not only did it take an average of 15-months to migrate applications to the cloud, but also that 90% of companies who did so experienced difficulties. 43% of those difficulties stemmed from the sheer complexity of the migration, while another 32% of difficulties were cited as coming from a lack of internal skills and knowledge.

What these statistics tell us, then, is that migrating to the cloud during a digital transformation is not only difficult but also that if companies want to bypass any unnecessary difficulties then they should invest in self-evaluation in order to truly know what the road toward the cloud looks like for them.

Prioritizing Phases

Once you’ve evaluated your workloads and assessed where potential difficulties could arise, you’ll want to roll out your cloud services in a series of prioritized phases. While this may seem counterintuitive, especially if your company is striving for a speedy digital transformation and cloud migration, it’s one of the more effective techniques at your disposal.

When you divide your workloads into a series of phases and then prioritize those phases based on a set of criteria you deem to be most important, you’ll end up saving your company time and money by minimizing any growing pains and bypassing the unexpected obstacles that are often associated with navigating and adapting to a new system.  

Like IBM says, if a company “has multiple critical applications, prioritization should be done in batches or waves. The first non-critical application moved to [the] cloud should be important enough for the CIO to make the strategic decision for the rest of the applications, used as a business justification model for [the] cloud.”

By prioritizing the phases of your digital transformation, you’ll not only be able to troubleshoot for any performance or structural weaknesses, but you’ll also be able to use your first few successes as a proof-of-concept that can help you earn the resources you’ll need to see the migration through to its completion.

Use a Roadmap

The road to digital transformation looks different for every company. For your company to see the transformation through to its climactic conclusion in a fast and efficient way, then building a roadmap will be a great tool for you. When you know where you’re going, how long it’ll take to get there, what workflows you need to deal with on the way, and what order you need to deal with them in, your company will be primed for success.

If your company needs help getting started, then contact our team at UCX to learn how we can help you develop a digital transformation roadmap, achieve your goal, and equip you with the best cloud providers on the market. If you’re ready to begin shopping for cloud services on UCXmarket, you can sign up for free now.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Cloud Migration, Cloud Infrastructure

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