Fuse flash: How do you eat an elephant?

Being a non-technical person working in an IT company surrounded by technical architects, engineers, programmers and support analysts can be a lonely place. Repeatedly being blinded with technobabble and left scratching my head when listening to their unique humour. Sure, I use technology on a day-to-day basis and I understand what most corporate IT systems do and their benefits, but ask me to migrate a SharePoint library online or a mailbox from Exchange…. no chance.

So, whilst I silently cursed as my boss ‘persuaded’ me to write this article, I sat thinking about what I do know about modern technology. This led me to think about end user impact, and then about businesses as a whole, the concerns and priorities they have and what factors are considered most when making any decisions. I found that there were four points I kept going back to:

Cost

Is it going to save me money, and will it be worth what I’m paying for it?

Appeal

Will I/my employees/future employees find it useful and like it; will they use it; will it make the company a more appealing place to work?

Productivity

Is it going to streamline processes? Is it going to help me and my employees deliver more?

Security

How safe is my data? What are my risks?

This applies to your IT. You want to know you have the most secure system possible, whilst being easy to use, manage and is cost-effective. I’m afraid to say, you probably don’t. Against popular belief cloud technologies are more robust, compliant and efficient than in-house solutions.


If you are like me, you may be reluctant to embrace the Cloud, simply because you don’t know how it works or where to start. Unlike me, you may not have a team of awesome techie geniuses to hand hold you through the process. It’s harder to consider a move to the Cloud, especially if your current IT solution is working for you. It’s also important to remember that successful migration will take time to complete – you wouldn’t try to eat an elephant in one sitting! So to help point you in the right direction and get you started we’ve outlined four basic steps below that we follow when migrating to the cloud:

Assess/Analyse

We observe your current set-up. We learn what you have, how you use it, and what needs to be protected. We will identify quick wins for your business as well as long-term options available to you.

Review/Plan

We go through the findings from the analysis stage and the options. From here we develop a roadmap. Normally this will be a gradual process of transition which you and your users are comfortable with. We work together to create the least disruptive plan to secure, protect, and migrate your infrastructure over an agreed-upon timeline.

Protect

Make sure your data is secure and will not be affected by the migration.

Migrate

Use our plan to migrate, one final security check and you’re off!


This article was written by Emily Simpson, Cloud Adoption Advisor. If you would like to discuss how the Cloud can benefit your company call 01604 79 79 79 or visit: www.fusecollaboration.com