4 cloud migration strategies to modernize your business

Mike Grob, Jackson Hurst
4 cloud migration strategies to modernize your business

The heartbeat of your business is the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Moving your ERP system to the cloud might seem a little frightening, but it is a logical decision given the array of benefits you can enjoy, including improved productivity and reduced IT infrastructure.

But the cloud can do so much more.

Cloud technology is here to stay. Modernizing your legacy ERP system is a great place to start with cloud services, but you also have a chance to modernize all of your existing systems quicker and with more flexibility.

Now is the perfect time to begin your cloud migration

Now is the perfect time to begin your cloud migration

A cloud-based ERP platform provides tremendous opportunities to positively affect your business capabilities and functionality. You might even discover that some of your underlying processes will change or can be moved into the cloud-based ERP system. When you migrate to the cloud, you won’t need to be as dependent on homegrown systems that your IT team has implemented over the years. As an extra benefit, you also might generate substantial savings compared to legacy technology. You can then reinvest those savings into new projects without needing additional large capital expenditures.

A cloud migration offers plenty of opportunities to modernize existing systems and solutions outside of your ERP. With many new services available, from databases and microservices to artificial intelligence and machine learning software, this is a great chance to upgrade the rest of your business.

Your move to the cloud can be done in several ways

Moving your processes and operations to the cloud can seem like an all-or-nothing transition. The reality is very different. You can begin by taking small steps that gradually modernize your business systems at a strategic pace. Your business can begin seeing benefits without committing to an immediate large-scale transformation.

When moving your systems to the cloud, four cloud migration strategies can help you make a seamless transition.

  • Rehost. Take an existing application and drop it as is into the cloud. Sometimes referred to as the lift-and-shift approach, this tactic can get you into the cloud faster and reduce some capital expenditures in the short term.
  • Refactor. Minimally alter existing applications with code portability to more quickly take advantage of cloud benefits through scalable updates.
  • Rearchitect. Materially alter applications to seamlessly adapt to new cloud capabilities and improve performance.
  • Rebuild. Accelerate innovation and reduce operational costs by writing new code that supports a cloud-native approach.

Ultimately, decisions about the right cloud migration strategy will need to include perspectives and requirements from multiple individuals and departments, including your IT management, CIO, CFO, and more. Together, all stakeholders will need to decide on a solution that is best for your organization’s needs.

The cloud can quickly change your business

The cloud can quickly change your business

You can bolster the growth and success of your business with new capabilities offered by the cloud. Here are just a few of the advantages that a cloud migration could provide your business:

  • Computing flexibility. Moving to the cloud allows your IT infrastructure to scale up and down as needed. This helps keep your business running in a smooth and cost-effective manner, without the need for massive overhead for physical hardware.
  • Data security and disaster recovery. Cloud providers have created a secure infrastructure to allow your business to have data redundancy in physically different locations. This reduces the likelihood of your systems going down, and if they do, data can be quickly recovered.
  • New intelligence. Capture and share analytic insights and data in real time with tools that are available only in the cloud.
  • Managed support services. Control your costs with proactive monitoring for your cloud footprint, and 24/7 client support.

Ultimately, a cloud migration not only offers the potential to improve your processes and the technology that supports them but also can help reduce costs compared to on-premises systems.

You can make your move to the cloud easier with Crowe

If you’re already spending money in the cloud or planning to make that shift, let’s help you get more out of your investment. Our team of experienced cloud engineers can work with you to customize a cloud migration plan for your business.

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Mike Grob
Mike Grob
Principal, Consulting
Jackson Hurst
Jackson Hurst