How To Build a Successful Cloud Migration Project Plan

How To Build a Successful Cloud Migration Project Plan

January 13

As more and more organizations are shifting their workloads to the cloud, it’s crucial to build a comprehensive plan. Cloud migration plans are necessary for successful migrations and can save your organization time, money, and sanity during the transition. 

In this post, we’ll discuss what a cloud migration project plan is, considerations to make before creating one for your organization, and, finally, how to build a successful cloud migration plan.

What Is a Cloud Migration Project Plan?

A cloud migration project plan is the strategy used to successfully migrate an organization’s workloads from on-premise to a cloud or hybrid cloud solution. 

Why Are Cloud Migration Plans Important? 

It’s critical to create an effective cloud migration plan for your organization’s cloud transformation. Without one, cloud migrations can often extend timelines, go over budget, and cause overall issues with business processes. 

For example, TechRepublic reported that over half of the projects completed by the companies that were surveyed went over budget. and “Of that 73%, some 30% said they believe their migration will take between one and two years.” 

Many of these issues likely stem from not having a successful plan in place. With guidance from industry professionals and the creation of an effective plan, you can ensure that your organization has a seamless transition to the cloud.

Considerations To Make Before You Begin 

Here are five questions to ask yourself prior to beginning to create your cloud migration plan: 

  • What do I want to achieve with this migration? 
  • Which cloud solutions will be most effective for our needs? 
  • Which applications do we want to migrate first? 
  • What security measures do I need to have in place? 
  • How will this impact the organization’s budget? 

While this list is in no way exhaustive, the answers to these questions can help you understand how prepared your organization is for a migration to the cloud.

What Should Your Cloud Migration Project Plan Include? 

There are often four key steps that are included in cloud migration plans: 

  • Assess. First, you’ll want to understand the cloud and the migration process. This step will also allow you to organize your business’s information, including what applications you have, how they are integrated, which are most important, and which ones will need to be migrated. 
  • Plan. Next, it’s important to plan and sort your applications by migration effort to understand the order in which you should migrate your workloads. It’s also important to properly examine actual usage and map that to the cloud. 
  • Migrate. While this is the step most organizations are most eager to get to, it takes preparation and experience. Once here, it’s crucial to have a rapid migration that features maximum uptime, a focus on saving IT time, and easily migrate even the most complex applications. 
  • Optimize. Once your workload is migrated into the cloud, it’s important to make sure your organization is getting the most out of this experience. PWC reported in their US Cloud Business Survey that 53% of companies they surveyed hadn’t yet realized the value of their cloud investments. 

How to Build a Successful Cloud Migration Project Plan for Your Organization

It’s important to remember that every plan is different and your cloud migration needs are unique to your organization. By working with migration experts, you can create a project plan that will help you have a seamless transition from your on-premise solution. 

Access our guide today to help your organization achieve a successful and cost-effective cloud migration.