Journey to the cloud - benefits and pitfalls
The journey to the cloud is increasingly within the reach of companies, streamlining projects and impacting businesses, but it can simultaneously offer benefits and some pitfalls.
Among the benefits, the following stand out: flexibility of structure; data security; unlimited storage; reduced costs for facilities, provider and energy; worldwide mobility; accessibility without time limit; ease of configuration; scalability. Among the pitfalls: downtime due to overload or technical failure; security breach; difficult migration due to interoperability or support problems; limited control by the user.
In addition to advantages and possible risks, however, so that the journey to the cloud is effective and does not hinder business progress, it is convenient to manage the entire process and observe some guidelines, starting with the identification of needs and the degree of maturity of the IT infrastructure. From there, it will be possible to prepare a plan so that the solutions are integrated into the infrastructure, avoiding impacts and defining what should migrate and what should remain in local environments.
The day requires attention to regulatory compliance issues with current legislation. As for security, thanks to the high investments of providers to obtain certifications, the cloud has proven to be as or more secure than on-premises environments, which does not rule out the creation of an efficient application protection policy.
A good migration project must be transparent to the business area and understood as an opportunity for growth and engagement for all sectors. The favorable environment, the synergy between business and IT and the involvement of teams during the journey to the cloud can guarantee better experiences for customers and users. For companies, it adds agility, flexibility and scalability to IT, driving the expansion and good results of their digital businesses.