Three Simple Rules for Small Business Cloud Migration Strategy

Published On: August 5th, 20223 min read

Cloud migration to (AWS) has a positive impact on businesses, providing opportunity to improve processes and bottom lines.

Choosing the Cloud

When you run a small-to-medium sized business (SMB), every dollar counts and investing them in the wrong thing at the wrong time can be the death knell to your ability to finish in the black in any given calendar year. That’s one of many reasons that SMBs may fear technological transitions. It’s not just about the money – although that’s obviously important – but it’s also about interrupting a good thing, taking the company’s work processes offline, and the collective breath holding that everything is going to get back to work as intended once the technological shift is complete.

With the context that change must be impactful to be justified, how does a SMB then decide on which technology changes to prioritize?

Two words: cloud migration.

If you’re a relatively new SMB, this probably sounds obvious. Day-to-day life as a consumer is almost predominantly cloud based or enabled, from groceries to entertainment. But there are still SMBs that are on systems that don’t provide the ease and flexibility of life on the cloud, so what are the steps they can take to move in that direction?

1. Select Which Servers to Move

The biggest misconception about shifting to a cloud service such as AWS is that everything must be done all at once. Slow and steady can still win this race. Start with some non-essential pieces that won’t throw a wrench in your day-to-day operations if there’s a glitch or a slowdown when they make the move, then go from there. Examples of this can include your back-up servers or even the on-premise servers that are used daily but can be migrated to cloud servers without changing your operating systems.

2. The Old “Lift and Shift”

AWS has a process called rehosting where your whole workload is moved to a different infrastructure host while minimal change is made to the actual code of the applications in use. It’s a little like the concept of Hercules taking the weight of the world from Atlas in the old story from Greek mythology. Same weight but a new pair of shoulders. The user experience changes minimally because the applications are the same, but you and your IT department (even if they’re one and the same!) have newfound flexibility and cost-savings.

3. Move Your Data First

Data is critical. Whether it’s your customer list, your inventory management, your billing, or any of the other thousands of data points that are collected and imperative to your running of your organization, data must be housed (and safely). A data lake on AWS can hold data and make it easily retrievable no matter where you are logging in from, instead of having to be on-site and access data from a central location.

Automated Cloud Migration Partnership

Sometimes a small-to-medium sized business can feel like they’re “too small” for partners and must go it alone. We’re here to tell you that’s not true. We have helped many SMBs decide whether cloud migration is right for them, and ERPA’s cloud managed services helps maintain your cloud environments without tapping in your team’s bandwidth. We offer a cloud readiness assessment that is beneficial to all companies, inclusive of size.

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