Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Moving to the Cloud

RE:IMAGINE Efficiency 19th September, 2020

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Digital transformation means different things to different organisations. One thing we can all generally agree on is that moving to the cloud is seen as a vital step for any organisation looking to create legitimate agility in their technology environment.

But there is a myriad of reasons we don’t just migrate every database, application and workload to the cloud tomorrow. Many organisations find out the hard way, that a shift to the cloud doesn’t instantly unlock greater cost efficiencies and scalable flexibility.

Fortunately, we’ve seen many organisations make the same mistakes on their “race to the cloud”, and we’ve learnt a few lessons ourselves. Here are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid when moving your business to the cloud.

Lack of Cloud Skills

According to IDG’s 2018 Cloud Computing Survey, 31% of organisations cite a lack of appropriate skill sets as their biggest barrier to managing and deriving the maximum value from cloud investments. We’ve seen the rise in cloud adoption highlight a glaring talent shortage in cloud expertise.

When you don’t have the right skill in-house for architecting, implementing and managing cloud environments, you will struggle to reach the level of efficiency and performance we expect. On top of this, the costs of recruiting, training and retaining people with adequate cloud expertise could negate any of the cost benefits you expect from the cloud.

Lack of Visibility in Spending

Between the disparate cloud models being used across your different departments and business units, we often hear from organisations who are suffering from creeping costs and bill shock. According to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report, the average organisation uses 3.4 public and private clouds, while experimenting with 1.5 more for a total of 4.9 clouds.

This leads to a much higher total cost of ownership (TCO) due to a lack of visibility over who is spending what. These organisations also end up overspending on cloud resources that are drastically underutilised. Without a holistic solution for managing the right workloads for each cloud environment, you end up torpedoing any value you were supposed to receive from the cloud.

Lack of Control

New data security and privacy regulations are appearing each year. Particularly for our clients in financial services, superannuation and insurance, there are now several new regimes to adhere to, such as Australia’s new Notifiable Data Breach laws, APRA’s new CPS234 standard, and the EU’s GDPR.

Without the skills, time or resources to effectively manage your cloud workloads, your business becomes exposed to a plethora of cyber security and resiliency risks. On top of crippling fines and penalties for non-compliance, your organisation could also see irreparable brand damage as a result of poor management of cloud environments, and the sensitive data and applications they contain.

To achieve your objectives in digital transformation, you need the agility, efficiency and scalability that public clouds offers, but you also need the expertise and visibility required to control costs, compliance and performance. Finding this balance is the ultimate objective of every transformation program, but is difficult to achieve on your own.

Contact Harbour IT today to find out we can help you remove the risk from your digital transformation and enable your IT environment to meet today’s business demands.

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