Ten tips to make your transition from on-premise to cloud less painful

Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes,
Senior Manager, Tax, People Advisory Services

More and more organizations are moving from on-premise to cloud for the obvious benefits cloud presents, including seamless upgrades, cost efficiency, constant availability of the most current version and scalability. Those of us who have relied upon on-premise software might have, at some point, struggled with upgrades and patches. Infrastructure maintenance and the need for dedicated on-site support can make on-premise systems cumbersome and expensive. That puts executives like the CIOs under pressure to reduce costs. A cloud-enabled system can be a viable alternative.

On-premise systems are often customized by organizations to suit their requirements. But this also means that upgrades modify or omit existing customization, making things worse instead of better. Organizations that upgrade irregularly have to deal with a software that is dramatically different from its last upgrade, with new functions that the business might not be prepared for.

In most cases, cloud cannot be customized. That means upgrades are automated and not optional. The no-customization is sometimes seen as a downside, but cloud has many benefits that outweigh this drawback. Organizations have now been brought to a point where transition to the cloud is inevitable.

A smooth and successful transition to the cloud requires readiness and willingness to change — besides planning and implementation. While focusing on the nitty-gritties of the transition, it is also important not to lose sight of the bigger picture and the future state.

Here are 10 tips to make your transition to the cloud less painful:

Legal disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author only and do not represent the views of any of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited.


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