On-premise to cloud migration for a small business isn’t as simple as uploading information to the internet. It’s a gradual process that can take months to complete. To successfully migrate from on-premise to cloud, a business must have a solid strategy, key performance indicators (KPIs), and excellent enterprise resource planning (ERP) software like SAP for small businesses.
Why Move to the Cloud
Here are some benefits of cloud migration:
The cloud offers infinite resources that enable flexibility for businesses to grow. You can increase or decrease storage, memory, and computer processing to meet changing supply and demand.
Maintaining on-premise data centers requires paying for hardware, electricity, and IT professionals. Moving to the cloud gives you the choice to cut down on your costs by paying only for the resources you need.
The cloud is accessible anytime and anywhere. It improves business performance as the people who need to access your tools can always do so, and it’s also backed by a worldwide network of cutting-edge tech, keeping network latency low and effectively safeguarding data.
Cloud service providers often go above and beyond when it comes to security and compliance. They keep up-to-date with trends and laws to keep your data safe, and you can be sure that your information won’t be lost, stolen, or misplaced.
How to Migrate to the Cloud
Without a good strategy, your cloud migration efforts might end up with hampered performance and increased costs. Here are the steps you must take to do it properly:
Make a Plan
First, determine what data you’re moving, why you’re moving it, and how you’re moving it. The answer to these questions will govern the entire process and help you figure out which aspects of your business are better off in the cloud, and which ones may be more useful on premise.
Pick a Cloud Service Provider
There are several big cloud service providers such as AWS, Google, and Microsoft. Research to see the pros and cons of each, then choose the solution that works best for your company, your cloud migrating needs, and your budget.
Choose a Migration Strategy
There are six cloud migration strategies (also known as the 6Rs):
- retain—tabling cloud migration for another time (i.e. keeping the on-premise system)
- rehost (lift and shift)—migrating with no changes
- re-platform (lift and reshape)—adjusting the solution to fit cloud architecture while keeping the core intact
- repurchase (drop and shop)—looking for other cloud service providers after the original one fails
- refactor—adjusting the code of applications to better fit the cloud
- retire—determining aspects not to include during cloud migration
Adjust your KPIs to fit the new architecture so you can pinpoint any unexpected problems with the migration. Set KPIs on page load time, CPU usage, conversion rate, memory usage, and disk performance.
Execute Cloud Migration
Once you have a solid strategy in place, execute your cloud migration as planned. Don’t migrate everything at the same time—it’s best to start with a small set of data or applications as a test, then work your way to the other aspects of your business. Be prepared to make adjustments along the way.
Perform Maintenance Checks
After you finish migrating everything you need to the cloud, all that’s left is to perform regular checks to ensure that everything is complete and updated and that your KPIs are being reached.
Move to the Cloud With SAP Business One
Many small businesses use ERP systems to migrate to the cloud and integrate processes and data. With this software like SAP Business One, you can streamline every aspect of your business in one platform, increasing transparency, productivity, and scalability throughout. Ask us how you can move to the cloud with SAP Business One today!