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Less than a decade ago, no one knew what “the cloud” was. Now, every business on the planet is seemingly in a race to get to the cloud. Or rather, the majority of businesses are already on the cloud with at least one application, and now the question lies in when your company should migrate the bulk of your applications and workloads to the cloud.
As Oracle Cloud experts, we at Centroid know that when and how a business should move to the cloud is highly dependent on the business’s specific needs and objectives, so we’d never presume to tell you over a blog when your company should make that leap.
However, you should know that no matter when you choose to migrate to the cloud, you should start planning now. As you begin that planning process, make sure you avoid these common mistakes.
As you’ve been doing preliminary research into your Oracle Cloud options, you’ve undoubtedly run into a lot of products – each of which boast a lot of features. Some of them also offer strangely few features. Think carefully before making your choice.
Often, Oracle Cloud products don’t offer the same features as their on-premises counterparts (a notable example is Oracle ERP Cloud, which we look at in depth in another article). In other cases, cloud products may offer a lot of features, but they aren’t very mature features… there’s a lot of variability in all of this.
Fortunately, features on cloud products tend to change and evolve pretty quickly, so functionality that’s missing now could show up in a few months or years, but you need to make sure that the capabilities you require for your business are available as soon as you implement your solution. The key is to focus on what your requirements are and not to get swept away in a granular comparison of apples-vs.-oranges feature lists.
Expert tip: As you’re planning, remember to consider the capabilities of Oracle’s IaaS and PaaS solutions. If the features or functionality you’re looking for don’t currently exist, or aren’t in a product roadmap from Oracle, PaaS (platform as a service) can make it faster and easier for you to develop your own solutions. Also, since Oracle’s IaaS (infrastructure as a service) can support non-Oracle workloads, it’s wise to investigate all your Oracle Cloud options, not just the typical SaaS apps.
While it’s a mistake to place too much emphasis on features, it can also be a problem to place too little emphasis on the details. In the cloud, details matter.
Oracle Cloud solutions offer high levels of flexibility due to the strength of the base platform and systems and the large ecosystem of integrated products. By carefully combining mix-and-match IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS options, your company is likely to experience greater productivity and better collaboration, but if you ignore the details, you may also end up with surprisingly high costs, tech incompatibilities, or security holes. You need to get the details on everything before you fully commit to the cloud.
Expert tip: Your IT department is unlikely to have detailed expertise in Oracle Cloud solutions, so it’s not the best idea to count on them for all the answers. However, connecting your IT team with a team of experienced Oracle Cloud consultants can help your business ensure that you know and understand all the details of security, suspensions and terminations, M&A contingencies, compatibility and, of course, pricing and long-term resource optimization.
Speaking of details, your Oracle Cloud planning process should include a detailed roadmap that clarifies exactly what you’ll be accomplishing during the entire migration process and beyond. When considering a cloud migration, most businesses spend a lot of time on the selection process (good idea), try to rush the implementation process to achieve some short-term gains (bad idea), or forget to make any kind of plan for the post-implementation management process (very bad idea).
It can be a disastrous mistake to assume that your in-house IT team knows how to monitor and protect your new, cloud-based systems properly (after all, they’re learning the cloud too), so you’ll want to ensure you have a plan for keeping up with scheduled maintenance, addressing potential threats, and securing your data. It would be great if the cloud magically took care of all that for you… but it doesn’t.
No matter the vendor, all cloud systems simply provide a scalable, flexible, highly agile IT solution that eliminates those old-fashioned hardware limitations that hindered growth. Like all IT systems though, you need to know how to secure the cloud.
Expert tip: Oracle provides certification to consultants that have proven, expert experience in protecting and managing Oracle Cloud solutions, including IaaS. These professionals are known as Oracle Cloud MSPs and they can help you either protect your system and get your in-house team up to speed during your implementation, or they can act as your long-term outsourced Oracle Cloud management service. Many companies choose this latter option, so they can free their internal IT teams to focus on companywide strategic IT pursuits instead of being bogged down by day-to-day administration.
Though focusing on the wrong things, skipping over details, and forgetting to plan for all stages of your cloud transformation are all unfortunate mistakes, the largest mistake you can make lies in working with the wrong consultant.
Your research has undoubtedly already demonstrated that a move to the cloud is a complex process with no room for mistakes. This means you not only have to choose a consultant with proven expertise in implementation and long-term support, you also need to make sure that your consultant is comfortable advising you on the best solution for your exact needs, the best roadmap to meet your objectives, and the best overall choice for your business growth in the years and decades to come.
In short: you need an Oracle Cloud consultant who listens carefully to what you want and need for your business technology and then turns those goals into reality.
For more than 20 years, Centroid has been helping business leaders turn their business goals and objectives into realities by empowering our clients with expert service across the full stack of Oracle products. As one of Oracle’s “go to” cloud consultants, Centroid had the opportunity to implement the world’s largest IaaS/PaaS solution – and as one of the first Oracle partners to reach Oracle Cloud MSP certification, Centroid provides the proven experience our clients need to maintain, support, and secure their Oracle Cloud solutions into the future.
Don’t make a mistake with your Oracle Cloud selection, implementation, and support. Contact Centroid to find out how we can set you on the path to your successful cloud journey.
Centroid is a cloud services and technology company that provides Oracle enterprise workload consulting and managed services across Oracle, Azure, Amazon, Google, and private cloud. From applications to technology to infrastructure, Centroid’s depth of Oracle expertise and breadth of cloud capabilities helps clients modernize, transform, and grow their business to the next level.