Phase 1: Planning
Planning is the key to implementing any solution without which you are bound to lose track. Having a proper plan would allow you to have a successful migration to a cloud solution and would be able to gain all the benefits it has to offer.
Planning is the first step in understanding what your requirements are and what would be the appropriate cloud based solution for your organization.
It is important that you have a good understanding of what you need the cloud for and how it would be used for your business processes. Unless you are clear on that part you would not be able to clearly determine what kind solution you would need and what you want it do for you. This in itself is a sign of failure.
Once you have a clear idea of what and where you want to use the cloud you can list down your requirements and budget for it. This will help you find the right solution to match your needs. Without a proper estimate of your business needs it would be futile to source any solution.
Phase 2: Implement
After getting a good understanding of your needs you can look for the right kind of cloud service and choose a reliable cloud provider for getting your application and processes over to the cloud. It is necessary that you choose a trusted cloud hosting provider so that you would not have any issues while migrating your data and even after the cloud has been setup.
Phase 3: Assess
After you have successfully implemented a cloud solution for your business functions the work does not end here. Like any other process there needs to be a proper evaluation.
When the cloud is in use you need to analyze the application that you have migrated and see what difference it has made and whether your expectations are being met or not. Check the processes and notice the change in performance. Is there any improvement? With regards to cost savings see if there is a reduction in your expenses. This should help you assess if your objectives will be achieved or not.
Phase 4: Improve
It is not necessary that you would get the desired results right after you have migrated to a cloud solution. You need to re-analyze how things are going and if there is a scope for improvement in any place. Identifying such bottlenecks would allow you to make the required tweaks so you can accomplish your objectives of moving over to a cloud solution.
Cloud computing is clearly the future of computing and data storage. To be able to drive good results from the cloud you need to make sure you do it right and when you have followed the above mentioned steps you are bound to get the desired results.