Moving to the cloud is much like moving house. When you move house, it’s simple to have someone box up all your belongings and move it all to your new home. After all, it takes much less immediate effort, particularly while you’re frantically sorting out everything else that moving day demands. But there’s a problem with simply calling in the movers – in all likelihood, you will have just paid to move a whole host of ‘stuff’ that you no longer need, use or want. You might even have invested in a bigger, more expensive house to accommodate all these old things when a smaller, more affordable home would actually have been a better fit – if only you’d decluttered first.
The same principle holds true for moving to the cloud. For many CIOs, it’s tempting – while juggling the daily business demands on the IT department – to simply ‘lift and shift’ everything from the on-premise environment to a cloud environment, and think you’ll refine it after the move. But just like that new year’s resolution to finally clear out the garage, those best-laid plans rarely come to fruition. Because of this, taking the time to declutter your IT environment first will help you save on costs and create clean, efficient systems to drive your business forward once you’re in a cloud environment.
Does your IT infrastructure spark joy?
Ever since Netflix ran its hit series featuring Marie Kondo, a Japanese decluttering expert, people around the world are ridding their homes of objects that no longer ‘spark joy’ in a bid to get organised. The KonMari approach (only keeping hold of the things which retain use to us) might, at first glance, seem to have little relevance to an IT Decision Maker’s (ITDM) state of mind. But look a little deeper, and

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