Migrating to the Cloud? Tips for a Smooth Transition

Andy Woodward
By: Andy Woodward
Date: October 24, 2016

In our first post in this series, we covered what to consider when making the decision to move to the cloud. Now that you’re ready to make the leap, how can you achieve a smooth transition?

Avaap was recognized at the 2016 Infor Partner Summit as cloud partner of the year for completing more cloud migration projects than any other partner in the Infor ecosystem. Here are some best practices from those customer engagements:

Get On the Same Page

Make sure all levels of the organization are involved in the decision-making process and are aware of the impact on the company. Traditionally, hosting or outsourcing decisions would involve areas such as Finance and IT. Successful cloud migrations should involve representatives from all areas of the business, including the User Communities, Change Management, Support, Audit, Security and Compliance. Even within the IT organization, representation should include all areas of IT, including system & application administration, development, QA, infrastructure and networking. In certain cases, it may be necessary to involve outside entities, such as material suppliers and other outside system or service providers as a move to the cloud may impact how business is conducted with these outside suppliers. Building organizational support is important in the transition to the cloud because cloud is a fundamental shift in how business gets done. Importance should be stressed that access and interaction in a cloud environment will not be the same as it was with on premise hosting. Getting subject matter experts involved early will help make sure the system can meet current and future needs.

Give it Time

Allow enough time for change management. For most, going to the cloud typically means upgrading to new technology and new product versions. Don’t overlook the importance of a strategy to help the organization embrace change. Allow enough time to educate the user community and help people adapt to new processes and responsibilities.

Testing, Testing

Minor processes that you wouldn’t think of may not work correctly or work the same in the cloud. Due to time and bandwidth constraints, many organizations don’t perform comprehensive testing. A comprehensive test plan prior to go live will save many headaches down the road and ensure processes work as intended. Automating testing can provide a more thorough, accurate process with minimal resources. Avaap Test Automation is specifically designed for Infor software, cutting down on time, resources, and human error to help get users up and running faster on Infor software.

Avaap’s Technology Practice Director Andrew Woodward specializes in Infor Lawson, helping customers understand deployment options and migrate in the manner best for their business in the most secure, reliable and rapid manner possible. Missed the first post in the series? Access it here.

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