Digital Transformation has been the buzzword in many industries recently. In order to keep up with the technological demands and better deliver of products and services to the customers, many organizations across various industrial verticals have undergone digital transformation. In digital transformation, cloud transformation is considered the core transformation process. There are many challenges to successful cloud transformation and here are some of them and ways to overcome them.
If you have no idea about how digital transformations have helped organizations, you should probably understand the importance of digital transformation before coming to the address the challenges to digital marketing. You can get detailed accounts about the importance of cloud transformation in our blog here and this other blog, would help you to find out simple ways to ensure successful cloud transformation.
A cloud transformation is successful only if the data is transferred and integrated onto the cloud seamlessly. While this is easy to mention, the process of integrating data from complex and multiple sources that are held within different departments within an organization is more than challenging. Ensuring Data Integrity is important in determining the success and failure of the Cloud Transformation. Even as many areas of cloud transformation are already automated, data mapping and data migration is still a manual and customizable process just ensure data integrity throughout the process.
It is quite understandable that when you are integrating and transferring large quantities of data from different sources, there are chances for your security to be compromised. Checking for vulnerabilities, isolating, and later eliminating them is quite difficult. During integration, all the different layers of the stack should have security precautions individually and also throughout the stack.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that cloud transformation is more difficult in larger organizations. But, what actually matters are the people and the processes involved. When you have people who are used with particular processes for a long period of time, it is not easy to get acclimatized with the new cloud environment. In some cases, large start ups with hundreds of employees easily transform themselves to cloud while some industries and small businesses with limited resources find it difficult to adapt to the new environment. Number of the people and the process used does become a sizable challenge in cloud transformation.
Contracts and Compliance:
With the recent routs in digital security compromises, security in cloud technology is being looked at with a microscope. Regulatory compliances and legal challenges also become a substantial challenge in cloud transformations. When you have local hosting, you have a fair idea about when you have update or replace the hardware, and also the details about its maintenance. When you are dependent on a service provider, your Service Level Agreement should be concrete. This would help in resolving conflicts and also downtime during the resolution. The SLA will also contain information about the maintenance and subscription schedule which is vital in ensuring that your cloud service is reliable as your business depends on it.
Lack of Talent and Resources:
One of the most expensive aspects of cloud migration is in finding the right talent with the relevant expertise for a successful implementation. When organizations don’t have the right talent, it becomes a formidable challenge. This challenge could be overcome by using tools which make the transformation easy and automated. Another way to overcome this challenge is by choose a platform and an environment which requires little or no coding for integration. But complete integration is vital for effective functionality of your cloud based services.
Lack of a Comprehensive Strategy:
Planning and strategy should have been mentioned in the beginning but, why have we mentioned it here. We have mentioned it in the end because it the most important aspect to cloud transformation. There are numerous advantages of cloud transformation and it is important to define what you are looking to achieve through cloud transformation. Along with it, you should also have a clearly define implementation strategy. Without a comprehensive implementation strategy any blockades or downtime would make the project go completely haywire.
One of the best ways to ensure successful cloud transformation and face these challenges with ease is by working with an experienced cloud transformation service provider.
XCEL Corp has over 10 years of experience in implementing cloud transformations and we have faced many of the challenges that could possibly arise during a cloud transformation. You can be assured that your organization is in safe hands during the entire course of transformation, training, adaptation and maintenance.