Migrating from physical servers to a cloud service provider can be a tricky task for some companies to manage. It takes a great deal of work to get legacy systems integrated into the cloud environment and running properly. Not doing the due diligence with these platforms could be wasting a business's investment in an enterprise cloud. InfoWorld contributor David Linthicum stated that not updating applications for cloud migration can significantly decrease the return on investment.

The trick is being able to use legacy applications with cloud-native features to achieve an optimized state of performance within the environment.

"The ability to use the native features of public or private clouds is the real endgame," Linthicum wrote. "You can't do that without some code and data redos, where the applications go through needed transformations to rock the cloud-native APIs."

Leaving the applications as is can lead to major inefficiencies in the system because they won't be able to use the provisioning and management capabilities of the cloud platform. This is why companies would be smart to work with the applications to make them cloud optimized so they can take full advantage of the resources.

Once optimizing the environment, companies can then take full advantage of the capabilities the cloud has to offer. One way enterprises can use the cloud is by testing business ideas faster than could be done on legacy systems, according to InformationWeek.

Using cloud features, departments are able to test out business plans very quickly, scale them up if they seem to be working or get rid of them if the tests aren't producing results. One way these features can be amplified is if an employee has a wild or innovative idea that could produce operational benefits. Using these testing capabilities can find out quickly if the plan has merit or not.