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How to Successfully Transition to the Cloud with Cloud Readiness Assessment

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As a small or medium-sized business (SMB) owner, you know that it’s essential to keep up to date on the latest technology in order to keep your business running smoothly. The advent of cloud computing has made it convenient for employees and customers to access the essential tools that they need to keep your business functional. The cloud is a network of storage, apps, backup and infrastructure located on a remote server provided by a cloud service provider. When your SMB moves to a cloud-based system, your employees will be able access the tools and information they need to be productive via the Internet. 

Migrating your data to the cloud can help improve employee productivity through the use of cloud-based applications like email, website hosting, Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Dropbox and more. These tools can help your employees collaborate with one another and easily manage projects. Moving to a cloud-based system is also more cost effective, as your SMB won’t have to run expensive hardware and software. Your business will also have access to IT support without having to use its budget on full-time IT staff. 

While there are many benefits to making the transition to the cloud, it can be daunting for SMBs to make the change. The exact cloud readiness assessment process differs depending upon the provider used, so processes will be tailored to your provider and the unique features of your business. Here are a few things you can do to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. 

Hire a Freelance Cloud Engineer
As a SMB, you probably don’t have a certified cloud engineer on staff, so you need an expert who can take you through the essential processes of cloud assessment and cloud migration. One of the easiest ways of finding a freelance cloud engineer is by hiring one from an online and on-demand engineer marketplace such as Fieldengineer.com

Evaluate the Workload
Your independent cloud consultant will help you to assess your workloads before the cloud migration occurs. This essential piece of cloud readiness assessment ensures that workload applications that rely upon one another to function properly aren't uploaded individually. By evaluating each workload component, you can prioritize which components will be migrated to the cloud first. 

Streamline the Tasks
After your certified cloud engineer has evaluated the workload, you can begin to streamline migration tasks based upon critical applications. By migrating the most critical pieces of your applications together, you will ensure that the transition to cloud computing occurs smoothly. A common strategy to cloud migration is to test your migration on minor applications and workloads so that you can catch problems that won't have a major impact on workflow and productivity. 

Select the Best Cloud Option 
Once you've conducted a thorough cloud assessment, your independent cloud consultant can help you determine what the best cloud option is for you and your business. It's best to select your option after you've evaluated and assessed your current workloads so that you know exactly what your business needs in order to function.

Execute the Migration Strategy
After you've selected your cloud service provider, your freelance cloud engineer can help you to execute the migration strategy you've developed. By now, you will have developed a specific timeline as to when the migration will occur. Strategically choosing periods of time where some downtime won't adversely impact your business and its workflow will help to make the process easier and less stressful. 

Performing a cloud assessment before you migrate your SMB to the cloud can help to make the transition a seamless process. By focusing on timelines and strategically planning when certain points of the migration will occur with your independent cloud consultant, your business will continue to function while being a part of the cloud computing movement.