This is part 2 of a 5-part series on best practices for enterprise cloud migration. Released weekly from the end of April to the end of May 2021, each article will cover a new phase of a business’s transition to the cloud, what to be on the lookout for, and how to ensure the journey is a success.
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Start planning your cloud migration
You’ve defined your cloud strategy. You understand why you want to take a journey to the cloud. Now that the high-level strategy is done, let’s focus on the nitty-gritty and the details. It’s time to make a plan for making the big change. Don’t get discouraged, as it’s going to be a lot of work. That’s why we’ve created this series to help you.
Budget for the journey
You’re going to have to sit down and have a realistic conversation with your technical leads and executives about how much a migration to the cloud is going to cost. Let’s be clear, a migration from legacy systems is not like flipping a switch, nor is it a one-time affair. Rather, like most change that lasts, it’s a process with milestones. 
As you go through the continuum of change, you’ll eventually leave some or all of your legacy systems behind (depending on your views on hybrid cloud). But as that is happening, you’ll need to maintain old systems, scale new systems, and make sure you have the right employee talent to keep things progressing forward. 
A few key facets to consider:

Current budget and fiscal year considerations
Ideal timeframe for transition
Product roadmap, short- and long-term

Check your infrastructure
Before you dive in and take the whole organization with you, let’s take a look at what’s being developed in the various groups in your business. Some

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