The importance of a clearly defined technology roadmap for your cloud journey

April 23, 2020, MOQdigital

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The cloud has become so ubiquitous and user-friendly that many expect that their cloud migrations will be over in an instant. Unfortunately, 73 percent of cloud migrations end up taking a year or longer, ending up over budget and over time. For this reason, a technology roadmap is an important component of every company’s transition. What will yours look like? 

A technology roadmap starts with stakeholders 

Without proper planning, a lot of technological innovation tends to be for its own sake – not because it helps move business goals forward. For that reason, up to 35 percent of cloud spend is wasted. The cloud migration tends to head down avenues that aren’t fruitful for the organisation, so the money is spent, but the resulting applications and features are never used. 

Getting your technology roadmap right starts by working with managers and frontline workers to find cloud applications and features that meet business goals. This might take the form of increased conversions, faster tech support, higher availability, etc. These goals are all completely achievable within the cloud, and they can also be made to achieve the overarching goals of the cloud transition – transforming capex into opex and freeing up time for in-house IT staff. 

Mastering the technical side of the cloud transition 

Now that you’ve found a list of attainable goals for your cloud transition, your next step is to understand how you can modify or potentially replace your existing applications in order to further the migration. 

With a lot of applications, you can simply accomplish a cloud migration with what’s known as a lift and shift. In other words, you virtualise the application’s servers and then move the VMs to a cloud platform as simply as that. This gives you many benefits – it’s fast, it lets workers access the application from any device, and it may make the application faster and more responsive. Part two of your technology roadmap is identifying and executing the lift and shifts – these are your quick wins. 

The downside of this is that some applications don’t work as well in the cloud without significant modification. Therefore, the next part of your technology roadmap involves making some tough decisions. Do you invest the time and money it will take to redevelop applications that don’t work well in the cloud? Alternatively, do you simply replace these applications with cloud-native SaaS versions? 

How we help 

When you work with MOQdigital, the answers to these questions will come naturally. We help provide you with a detailed technology roadmap that will lead you to a cloud transition on time and on budget. Combined with the lower costs and higher availability from the cloud, your business will be unstoppable. Contact MOQdigital today and learn more.