With the 2010s coming to a close, it's officially safe to say 2019 wasn't just the year of cloud migration — it was the endcap of a decade transformed, refreshed, and revolutionized by cloud migration tools. Though it was alive and kicking back in the aughts and years prior, the cloud came into its own over the past decade, providing a backbone for anything people do and everything businesses make or sell them. It's now so ubiquitous that 83% of all enterprise workloads and 94% of all enterprises use the cloud in some capacity, according to Hosting Tribunal.
Of course, harnessing cloud use cases requires some prework. A big part of that process is finding the cloud migration tools that work for your organization, its people, and the customers that support both. Here's what 2019 taught us about cloud migration, tools, and processes.
1. Don't Migrate in Small Increments …
Anyone with a smidge of experience knows just how important it is to roll out a cloud migration in phases. Generally speaking, businesses have followed the "start small and move up" rule, a process by which smaller, easily automated, highly repeatable processes are first moved to new infrastructure and given time to show strengths and points of improvement.
But the bevy of cloud migration tools available to organizations underscores why this bit of conventional thinking is no longer the only choice for migrating businesses. Consider cloud communications, a technology with impeccable business-boosting capabilities. Internal- and customer-facing communications are the lifeblood of any modern company, and companies that wait to fully migrate to the cloud in favor of making smaller moves could put themselves at a major communications disadvantage to competition that has made the leap.
In other words, if the 2010s showed us that one of the benefits of cloud migration is its transformative potential, 2019 showed us how small increments are no longer the primary method by which companies may move to it. Keep that in mind as you build or continue your own organization's current or planned exodus.
As 2020 gives way to a new decade of revolutionary, cloud-based features, expect businesses to become increasingly comfortable bringing their old tools to hold up the rear.
2. … But Do Sweat the Small Stuff
Not long ago, many companies who adopted the cloud would have recognized the capabilities they gained, but lamented that they had to get rid of some employees or processes in order to make the move. If that fear has kept your organization from moving, fret no more, because today's cloud migration tools make moving to and using the cloud easier and more sacrifice-free than ever.
To that end, perhaps the six most important words a business can absorb from 2019 are: Don't be afraid to be choosy. Your solution should support all the functionality your company's operations require — or make something better available — and any cloud migration tools should ease the transportation of features, experience, and the data behind it all — or make tools available that support custom integration development.
3. Integrate, Integrate, Integrate!
If you work in or with technology, there's a good chance integration has crossed your mind more often in 2019 than it perhaps ever has. That's because cloud has recently hit the next level of integrative capability, a fancy term that basically means the ability to bring your existing stuff to the cloud. Does your company rely on an esoteric privacy tool or program due to the sensitive nature of your clientele? Do your email needs require use of a tailored solution? Do your operations come with a dose of self-developed software tools? As the closing year showed, getting them into cloud-ready shape is now easier than ever.
Thus, if your organization hasn't made the integrations part of its cloud migration plans, now's the time to evolve. As 2020 gives way to a new decade of revolutionary, cloud-based features, expect businesses to become increasingly comfortable bringing their old tools to hold up the rear.
4. Make Privacy a Tentpole
Of all the things to give a company pause when migrating to the cloud, the potential for privacy issues related to staff or customers has to be near the top of the list — nobody wants to be embroiled in trouble brought on by tools explicitly bought to make life easier.
The good news: 2019 proved that cloud privacy is stronger than ever. Today's enterprises have access to a broad number of tools to support both migration and ongoing operations from a privacy perspective. Whether you're looking for an outside tool with specific privacy-protecting functions or stronger protections within a solution, your organization will find that cloud migration tools make the process less cumbersome than ever. And the larger array of cloud solutions at its disposal are likewise as healthy as any organization could want.
Make 2020 Your Cloud Migration Decade
If the 2010s were the decade of cloud, 2019 was undoubtedly the decade of the cloud migration solution. Don't be afraid to ramp up your plans for the coming ten years — if they're remotely close to the past decade in terms of evolution, even better things are coming down the pipeline as fast as you can plan for them.