IT professionals in the process of moving their organizations to the cloud need to use many skills in order to manage this large task. In addition to being able to handle the complex workload that is transferring a company's worth of stored data, they must also be aware of the various types of cloud that it is possible to transition to, and the advantages of each one. Further, the IT manager must also understand the various vendors in the field that they are looking into, which can exponentially increase the number of options available. Not every cloud is the same, and not all vendors offer the same guarantees, storage or service. In order to make the right decision as a company moves to that cloud, there is much that needs to be analyzed. Luckily, many pitfalls that are possible to fall into when moving to the cloud can be avoided with a little bit of foresight.

Most IT professionals looking at moving to the cloud will need to develop some skills beyond IT. Knowing how to analyze a contract with a cloud provider in such a way that it is easier to calculate total cost of ownership and return on investment is crucial. Understanding how to make the cloud work for the rest of the business requires knowing how the business itself works, and that can't be done by a person who only knows the technical side. Further, understanding how big data can work within a company in order to facilitate strong decision making processes is on the right track to making a cloud deployment extremely useful, according to Cloud Tweaks. Brokering services between the private cloud and cloud based services within a businesses is as important as using the rest of the benefits of cloud computing. Working with a premium vendor can help IT managers achieve strong results.

Migration can and should be controlled
A common mistake that many companies make when they move to the cloud is to try to port all of their applications at once. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons, the most pressing of which is that it is impossible to get everything working smoothly at once, according to David Linthicum. Instead, groups should focus on bringing software to the cloud that works best with a cloud model. This includes services like accounting, ERP, and other software that tracks a lot of information and details for businesses. Moving these things first can allow a cloud based operation to know more deeply how its businesses processes work, which can give it a better way to judge further deployments to the cloud. 

As these first systems are being ported to the cloud, it is a good idea to establish strong security practices and guidelines. If a company does not pay attention to how it will keep its information secure at the beginning of its cloud deployment, it will likely leave backdoors open that would otherwise be shut. It is possible to be incredibly safe in the cloud, but only if the organization as a whole makes a dedicated effort to keeping it that way. Implementing decisions that allow an organization to efficiently keep its files secured early on in the process of moving to the cloud can have a reverberating effect on an organization's ability to maintain tight control over its data in the future. Training employees to follow proper procedures for handling information and data in the cloud is a good way to start an organization's career off to a good start. Once ready to move to the premium cloud, a company can use the benefits of cloud computing to pull out ahead of the competition.