Second in a series of three articles on SME cloud migration.
In the first article of the SME cloud migration series, we established the benefits of the cloud-first strategy. In our second edition, we proceed to move from the why to the how.
The increasing adoption of cloud-based solutions means that the internet is full of handy suggestions for the tools at the disposal of small businesses. For a recent overview, we’d suggest Techradar’s list of best small business software for 2020 as well as our own suggestions for secure remote tools from the beginning of the year.
The less talked about cornerstone of a successful cloud journey, is nonetheless the human factor in addition to the technical.
Human Factor in a Successful Journey to the Cloud
This comes down to transformation enablement - guiding your enterprise, its networked team and management, through the process of adapting their work behaviour in order to adopt new ways of working.
One of the main reasons behind the complexities of cloud migration is the lack of transformation enablement within the organisation which starts well before the adoption of new technology. Transformation enablement is a continuous process, which assists your organisation by defining more efficient ways of working and in proving the value the migration will bring to your team.
For instance, if an organisation wanted to encourage the adoption of a new cloud service, it might first communicate the purpose and benefits of the cloud service to its networked teams and management through internal project marketing. It might then pursue training and further education with the people development team and only then develop an external communication strategy with the assistance of its marketing team. On the technical side, it would develop a Proof of Concept (PoC), which would outline the advantages of the migration to the technical team and gain buy-in from decision-makers.
Consolidating Your Transformation Enablement Action Plan
To ensure success in adoption of any new cloud project, decision-makers must be organised and communicate their needs effectively with their team. Here is a quick preparation list for decision-makers to keep in mind when collaborating with the transformation specialist:
Cloud migration, as any other substantial procedural transformation, requires getting every member of the enterprise on board with the project. Besides the technical how-to, it is therefore just as important to consolidate a strong internal strategy to ensure success in your cloud migration journey.
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