Cloud Enablement Services To Get Your Strategy on Track
8 Considerations for Success
It’s 2023. There’s very little chance that your organization isn’t already using cloud technology in some form or another. Have a Microsoft Office subscription? You’re using the cloud. Does your team use Salesforce? Slack? Congratulations, you’re already a cloud user. Of course, creating an account on an existing service and moving your organization’s entire data center capabilities to the cloud are two very different things.
Fortunately, transitioning to a new cloud platform doesn’t have to be nearly as daunting as it sounds. With the help of the right cloud enablement services expert, you can reap all the benefits of the technology without the stress that usually comes with a move like this.
1. What Is Cloud Enablement?
Cloud enablement includes everything it takes to help you acquire and use your very own cloud solution. From figuring out what cloud platforms and services your business can leverage to optimizing and maintaining your solution once you’ve migrated.
AISN can help make your organization’s transition to the cloud a smooth and stress-free experience. Get in touch with us to learn more.
More secure than on-premises
If you’re thinking of transitioning legacy systems to a more modern cloud environment or want to maintain a hybrid cloud environment, AISN can help. Get in touch with an expert on our team today to discuss your requirements.
2. Are You Ready for a Cloud Migration?
Cloud sounds excellent and all, but is it right for you? How can you tell if your organization is ready to make the move? A cloud readiness assessment is a simple, data-driven way to determine which parts of your operations can move to the cloud and which might need extra preparation.
Make sure you examine which applications are prime candidates for migration, what’s driving your migration plans, the resources you already have, and the potential impact of migration on them.
3. Finding Security in Azure
The number one barrier to cloud adoption today is trust. Organizations are concerned about the security of their data and applications and are reluctant to put them in the hands of a third party.
A good cloud enablement strategy hinges on choosing the right partner. AISN has extensive experience moving organizations out of legacy systems — particularly antiquated government legacy systems.
Another critical aspect of the process is choosing the right platform.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud is the top choice among businesses prioritizing safety and security in their cloud solution. Azure solutions rely heavily on industry-leading encryption and compliance standards, ensuring that control stays where it belongs — in your hands.
The full version of “8 Key Steps for Cloud Enablement Success” is available to download here.
4. Developing Your Strategy
Once you’ve conducted your readiness assessment and determined that a move to the cloud would benefit your organization, it’s time to start strategizing.
If you have been considering upgrading your legacy systems to a modern cloud environment or want to set up a hybrid cloud environment, AISN can help.
We’ve made it our business to simplify cloud enablement for companies whose needs are too complex to do it themselves.
With AISN as your cloud migration partner, we’ll help you get clear on:
5. What’s Standing in Your Way?
It’s never a small undertaking to adopt a new technology or significantly change your processes or operations. As with any major transition, cloud migrations can come with pitfalls. With AISN as your managed service provider, we’ll help you avoid them.
Lack of Preparation
Underestimating the time, financial and staff costs of your migration plan.
Inadequate Staff Training
No Stakeholder Buy-In
Everyone at all levels must support the migration and have their specific needs considered.
Consulting stakeholders in various positions will give you a complete picture of the impact of cloud migration on your organization and secure buy-in from teams that matter most. Budgeting resources appropriately — including time, money, and staff — is essential for the transition and subsequent training. AISN can guide and assist you with all of this.
In How to Avoid 4 Common Cloud Migration Pitfalls, we go into more detail about common migration issues. Helping you navigate this potentially tricky terrain to achieve a successful transition is our area of expertise.
6. Making the Move to Cloud
Once we’ve assessed your readiness and identified goals and potential challenges, we’ll architect a customized cloud solution to meet your needs. Let’s take a look at what the actual migration will look like.
Planning and Architecture
Strategy and Prioritization
Testing and Optimization
Working in partnership with the relevant stakeholders from your organization, AISN will oversee the migration process from start to finish. We will ensure nothing gets overlooked as we move your data and applications to their new cloud home.
Reading What You Need to Know for Your Cloud Migration Strategy will help you will help you understand how crucial it is to have the right team on the job. Having a smooth, successful cloud transition depends on it.
7. What Happens After Your Migration?
As your cloud migration partner, we won’t disappear once the transition is complete. Our role in your operations is just beginning. With the migration completed, we’ll optimize and maintain your solution.
Look for a cloud solutions partner that will:
OptimizeWork to improve uptime, performance, security and more
ReportProvide you with an inventory of your cloud assets and their performance
SecureProactively work to secure your platform against threats and vulnerabilities
MaintainRegularly update and patch for continued security and compliance
SupportProvide you with support during outages or issues
As your cloud partner, AISN will have guided you through every stage up to this point. However, at this point, we really come into our own. Our services go well beyond essential maintenance. We will continually optimize your cloud platform to address problems, leverage new technology, and meet your changing needs.
8. Common Cloud Enablement Use Cases
Backups and Disaster Recovery
The amount of information businesses generate and use daily is increasing exponentially — and so are the costs associated with losing access to your data or applications. A rigorous system is necessary to protect your data from harm and recover it if and when the worst happens.
But how do cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions stack up against traditional, on-premises competitors? While internal servers and hard drives still have their merits, a case must be made for the security a cloud solution can offer.
Cloud Computing in Accounting
Accounting firms always handle their clients’ sensitive data and provide critical services that their customers need daily. Cloud solutions offer benefits that accounting companies shouldn’t be without:
- Automating data entry to save time
- Ability to adapt and respond quickly to disruption
- Improved communication between departments and with clients
- Improved security
- Strengthened backup and disaster recovery options
Many institutions and organizations bound by government or industry compliance standards mistakenly assume that a cloud solution is not an option. The developments in cloud technology and security often make the cloud the better option when faced with aging infrastructure.
But not all cloud solutions are created equal. Suppose you are constrained by specific regulations or contractual obligations that govern how you must protect your data. In that case, you must choose carefully — an experienced cloud services partner like AISN can help. Talk to our experts to find out more.
A Partner You Can Trust
At AISN, we don’t believe that ‘one-size-fits-all’ is the way to offer cloud solutions. Our business model is built on the belief that our clients deserve customized cloud platforms designed to meet their compliance, security, and operational needs.
If you’ve got questions about our cloud services or even the cloud in general, contact us today. Our experts will be happy to discuss your needs and address any concerns.