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With the many benefits the cloud offers, it’s not surprising that each year more and more businesses are making the transition. This transition, however, isn’t always easy. Businesses often find themselves facing challenges that they didn’t expect and internal struggles that they simply weren’t prepared for.
The good news is that we have compiled a list of seven pitfalls businesses commonly face and practical tips on how you can avoid them. Armed with this information, you will be able to smoothly transition to the cloud with the ease that you were hoping for.
Pitfall #1: It’s just a simple upgrade, no problem
Transitioning to the cloud provides the opportunity to capitalize on new technologies and modernize operations. Approaching the transition thinking that it’s just a simple upgrade is an opportunity lost. Before you set out on this journey, take the time to plan and get the most out of this change.
Pitfall #2: Thinking you can just figure out data migration as you go
Because data is the lifeblood of your organization, figuring out data migration can’t be left to chance. In advance, key stakeholders and experts with a deep understanding of the implications of data management need to work together to make the best decisions for the organization.
Pitfall #3: Assuming that customizations and integrations won’t be an issue
With the passage of time, many companies lose track of how their business management systems were developed. Replacing legacy systems often uncovers layers of add-ons that are undocumented. Working with experienced business analysts and solution architects will help you identify your current business environment and then build a vision for the future.
Pitfall #4: Leaving employees, customers, and business partners to “just adapt”
Transitioning to the cloud isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, and the ability to simply adapt to the changes isn’t as easy as it sounds. To assure a smooth transition for everyone who uses the system, you need to anticipate the change. By providing training for employees in the transition, your organization sets the stage for active, supportive participation.
Pitfall #5: The cloud works pretty much the same as on-premises…right?
Think again. In the marketing hype, the cloud is often portrayed as a silver bullet to “fix all your IT problems. While it’s true that the cloud can deliver tremendous benefits, including reducing IT challenges, a systematic review and evaluation of all the requirements are critical. Proper planning and scoping—especially with the help of a partner well-versed in cloud deployment—will identify the steps to a smooth transition to the cloud.
Pitfall #6: Choosing to redefine businesses processes later
You are transitioning to the cloud because of the many benefits that it provides, so don’t cut yourself short by missing out on some of those benefits. A transition to the cloud is the perfect time to assess and modernize business processes. Cloud-based business management systems can facilitate the flow of information across departments, divisions, and business units, to better manage your resources.
Pitfall #7: Planning to tighten security after the cloud is up and running
Security should be the first priority when choosing a cloud solution. As security risks escalate on a seemingly daily basis, only experts can provide truly reliable protection of data and systems. With cloud ERP and CRM solutions, specialized professionals understand the complexities of integrated systems and third-party applications. Cloud providers should demonstrate a full understanding of all aspects of regulatory compliance, both in the US and abroad, to protect business and consumer data.
There has never been a better time to transition to the cloud, but careful planning is required to ensure pitfalls are avoided. Don’t make these mistakes. To read experiences from businesses that have fallen victim to these pitfalls, as well as step by step guides of how to avoid them, download the full white paper “7 Pitfalls to Avoid as You Transition Business Software to the Cloud” at https://www.calszone.com/free-resources/white-papers/7-pitfalls-to-avoid-as-you-transition-business-software-to-the-cloud/.
Are you ready to talk about your move to the cloud? Let’s start the conversation. Contact CAL Business Solutions at 860-484-0910 x4 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By CAL Business Solutions, Acumatica and Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, www.calzone.com