Your cloud migration strategy needs to meet your company where it is, not where it should be. Your IT landscape has grown up with your company, accumulating customized business processes, compromises, workarounds and probably more than a few mistakes. You’ll need to address the unique needs of your landscape, and factor in your existing assets, company culture, ability to cope with downtime and appetite for risk.
For established companies, a strategic, multi-phase upgrade is the best way forward. This can require a period of hybrid cloud adoption as you progressively transition to a fully cloud-based environment. A multi-phase bridging strategy will allow you to get full use of existing assets, minimize disruption and control costs.
Your Cloud Migration Strategy Must Harness Your Partner’s Core Competencies
Because enterprise landscapes are complex and idiosyncratic, tactics that work for one landscape might not be the best choice for another. Partnering with a team who has extensive experience with your technology stack will ensure an effective cloud migration project plan, and set you up for long-term success. For example, an SAP HANA® MSP will know how to use SAP DMO, SAP TDMS and other tools to speed and simplify migration.
Ideally, your technical and functional partners should be able to leverage all the skills you need to plan, test and execute your cloud migration strategy. This will prevent the skill gaps and miscommunications that can emerge with a larger vendor portfolio, and ensure the responsibilities of each party are clearly spelled out.
Your Cloud Migration Project Plan Should Include Plenty of Testing
Skimping on testing is one of the most common sources of failure in major cloud and IT infrastructure projects. Technical partners may get lazy or over-confident, or decide to leave testing out of the cloud migration project plan to save time or reduce cost.
But the fact is, the benefits of frequent SAP testing massively outweigh any additional cost in time, effort or CapEx. If you test every step and have a rollback available for every upgrade, a worst-case scenario might set you back a day or two. But without testing, one mistake or piece of bad luck could lead to massive overruns, or sink the project altogether.
You’ll also need a mechanism in place to catch issues that need to be remediated and revise the plan. Choose a partner with extensive IT project management expertise, and understanding of both the business and technical aspects of ERP.
Don’t Ignore Post Go-Live Testing
Your cloud migration strategy isn’t done when your landscape is in the cloud — it’s done when your workers are able to use it effectively and productively. It’s crucial to plan post go-live testing and tuning from day one, and retain consultants for those tasks as part of your core team.
For this reason, partnering with a managed services provider is ideal, even if you don’t plan to outsource IT managed services. An experienced MSP will be able to quickly diagnose and remedy any glitches, minimizing business disruption. Should a member of your own team quit during the project, you’ll also have someone standing by to fill the role while you search for a permanent team member.
To learn more about cloud migration strategy, check out our free how-to guide: Building a Bridge to the Cloud.