Cloud Migration: Three Big Considerations Before Getting Started

April 10, 2024
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“Cloud Migration” is one of the buzziest topics right now (aside from Generative AI). When we talk to our customers about migrating to the cloud, we want to help them make sure we’re all on the same page about the risks and benefits before we go headlong into that kind of effort. Our makers LOVE working in the cloud (and we’re certified, too!), but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

A few high-level topics we like to consider first are:

  • managing risks
  • figuring out costs
  • making sure your team and tech are ready


The shift to the cloud introduces a wide range of security challenges. Traditional defenses don’t quite cut it anymore. With the cloud’s fluid nature, companies need a more sophisticated security approach. Platforms like Azure Government and AWS GovCloud are game-changers. They offer more secure environments that meet the strict standards of government and regulated industries, ensuring data protection and regulatory compliance through advanced security measures.


Cost management in the cloud is also a crucial factor. While cloud services initially seem cost-effective to get a prototype out the door or try out some new technology, the costs can ramp up quickly. Continuous monitoring and optimization of cloud spend, can help keep costs aligned with business goals.

Team & Tech

Understanding your current business situation is also critically important when considering transitioning to the cloud. Your existing team and technology assets need to be ready.

  • Are your operations and development staff on board?
  • And do they have the right skills?
  • If not, are you ready to hire or re-train your staff?
  • Are your current applications able to be replatformed?
  • Or do they need re-architected or re-imagined altogether?

The cloud ecosystem is brimming with technologies that drive innovation, like serverless computing and containerization, which can streamline operations and enhance portability. The cloud also opens doors to AI and machine learning, offering new data analysis opportunities and new business models.

Considering a migration to the cloud means thinking about tackling the challenges and maximizing its benefits. This involves a tech transformation and a shift in the organizational culture towards innovation, agility, and learning.

Tune in for more insights.

Check out my recent conversation with Zac about Migrating to the Cloud on SEP’s podcast, Behind the Product.

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