If your company is like most, you’ve dabbled in cloud for a while now. You may be using one or two SaaS applications, such as CRM and accounting.

But you’re not getting as much out of it as you could be. That can be frustrating, especially as you’re seeing other companies taking off and getting ahead, seeing big business gains and strategic wins by breaking down silos and innovating on a dime.

How can your company start enjoying these benefits of cloud transformation? The only way to catch up is to take the plunge and begin migrating your business processes into the cloud

But you’re also well aware that many cloud migration projects fail—up to 74%, according to one study, which defined “failure” as having to move business applications back out of cloud and onto company-owned infrastructure.

You don’t want to be part of that statistic. So how can you protect yourself, avoid cloud risk, and steer clear of the most common mistakes? In this post, we’ll take a quick look at 5 of the biggest pitfalls of cloud migration. You’ll find out why even smart companies make these major mistakes and then discover how to protect yourself.

 1. Lack of C-Level Buy-In

Let’s be honest: Without buy-in from the upper echelons, it’s tough getting any big project off the ground.

But to overcome objections, it’s very important to understand the mindset of individuals at this level. They’re not necessarily opposed to cloud; they may actually believe you are already using cloud. And they’re probably right—so you’ll have to communicate exactly what the difference is between using one or two cloud applications and a full, company-wide cloud migration.

They may also have issues with budgeting for cloud adoption based on the mistaken belief that cloud is free, open-source, or easy to implement—none of which is true.

Yet buy-in

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