Migrating to the cloud is no small move for a business. Even if the change it makes in day-to-day functionality is a good one, it is still a change – and changes must be greeted with significant preparation in order to ensure a smooth transition. Contrary to the belief of some, the cloud is not just a single massive entity in the cybersphere. In fact, cloud computing is made up of many different cloud platforms, and businesses must choose one that best meets their needs. That is why choosing a cloud service provider is an absolutely invaluable decision for companies of all sizes and types. To help organizations plan their enterprise cloud move, industry expert Jennifer Schiff assembled a list of considerations for businesses as they approach an impending cloud move. Here are some of the more important suggestions she makes for companies:

  1. Choose a cloud service provider that is up-to-date. One of the first rules of cloud computing is that not all clouds are created equal. There are some that do a much better job than others of staying in line with industry stipulations and data center certifications. There are many different regulations that cloud providers must adhere to, but it is up to incoming businesses to make sure their cloud meets those rules. If not, take your business elsewhere.
  2. Find a cloud with resources tailored to your business. A misstep into a cloud that does not have the infrastructure to meet your company needs could mean significant time and money down the drain. Prevent that from happening by looking into cloud platforms that offer apps particularly designed for your industrial specifications. According to recode, an increasing number of businesses are looking to the enterprise cloud in order to design Do-It-Yourself apps that can be tailor-made to the needs of the company. The opportunity to make uniquely-crafted apps can be an indispensable resource for any kind of operation, but such innovations can only happen with an accommodating cloud service provider that is prepared to handle your business. As industry expert Mark Wojtasiak points out, “Data storage needs differ from one industry to the next. Perhaps your business is in finance, healthcare or the media and entertainment industry. There are cloud storage providers that specialize, or at least have a keen understanding of your industry and the data you need to store.”
  3. Make sure security needs are met. There is a concern among people unfamiliar with the cloud that a company migration will somehow expose sensitive enterprise information to public access. This fear is not without its motive – after all, there have been cloud breaches. But these data exposure incidents are largely confined to the public cloud, a platform that is relatively easy to breach due to its open structure. The fear of malicious access is alleviated in the enterprise cloud, since it is equipped with safeguarding mechanisms that ensure only company personnel have access to the data.
  4. Know your budget. It is important to have a clear idea of how much money is available for a company journey into the cloud. By strategizing on a budget and projecting total cloud expenditures, businesses can prevent additional, unforeseen costs from accruing and potentially landing the company in hot water. “When pricing out cloud services, understand completely what is covered in your monthly service and what is extra,” advised industry insider Casey Burns. That said, there are many enterprise cloud options that are both efficient and highly cost-effective, making a cloud move feasible for companies of all sizes and operating budgets.

These are only some of the considerations to have in mind when planning a cloud move. Though ultimately beneficial, a cloud migration requires time and work for your company to be on the same page.