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How to create a business case for cloud migration

If your organization still operates on an on-premise model, it may be time to change things up.
You will need to prepare a business case for any IT project. This will help you secure the support, budget, and resource you need from key stakeholders.
Cloud is the new normal. Most businesses have either moved to the cloud or are currently migrating. Cloud computing is a popular choice for newer businesses due to the benefits it offers in terms of computing power and scalability.
Why create a business case to migrate to AWS? Business cases are usually created when your organization has a specific need it cannot meet with its current resources or tools. This could be anything you desire, such as increased customer engagement, better sales, more detailed insights into your data, or simplifying your processes to make your business leaner.
Avon Puri, Rubrik’s Chief Information Officer, explains that cloud migration is driven by value drivers such as cost management, business agility, and risk management.
Moving the disaster recovery site to the cloud is a compelling first use case for any company considering a cloud journey. This not only reduces complexity and minimizes risk of data loss but also significantly lowers costs by eliminating the need to operate a secondary data centre. Additional cloud drivers include reliability, scaling, automation, and on-demand usage.
“Migration into the cloud allows companies to instantly provide self-service development and test environments for developers, and greatly improve DevOps.”
Whatever the reason for migrating, you will need to convince stakeholders across your company to support your plans before you take any significant steps towards it. Cloud migration is essentially being sold to your entire organization, from the C-suite to your junior-level employees.
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Your business case must cover everything, from the provider/s and products to the timelines, costs, who will be needed on board, the problem/s that it solves, and how it fits into your organization’s vision and goals.
Common myths about cloud migration These are some common myths to get out of your head before you start:
“Moving to cloud computing is always cheaper.” This depends on the type of cost you are comparing, but in general, cloud computing is cheaper over the long-term. Operating costs can sometimes be higher in some cases due to poor cost control, inexperienced workers, weak discovery stages, duplicate processes or an increase in staffing.
These issues can be minimized and ROI generated quickly if you do your research and invest in the right AWS migration teams from the beginning.
“All your assets should reside in the cloud.” This depends on your company’s specific needs and the legacy system you work with. Sometimes, the best solution doesn’t lie in one provider. In many cases, a hybrid solution is better.
It’s best to wait until your first round qualitative analysis before you decide on this. Learn as much as you can about traffic patterns and dependencies and then move on.
“Server costs are all that matters.” While the cost of running servers on-premise is an important factor in any organization, it is not the only one.