Uplevel Your Cloud Migration Strategy – No Matter the Size of Your Organization By Teresa Wingfield December 7, 2022 Cloud migration and digital transformation are among the top ways for businesses to modernize and keep pace alongside competitors. Moving these endeavors forward is more about the underlying parts involved than the infrastructure. Enabling data-driven operations and intelligence can help ensure success. When businesses begin their transformation and modernization journey, it may be inevitable to run into roadblocks, such as having limited budget and IT resources or a business culture that’s slow or resistant to technological change. Unfortunately, the pace of digital transformation has grown significantly greater. As a result, businesses need to find ways to clear these hurdles or risk losing customers. No matter the size of an organization’s IT architecture, cloud data migration can provide many advantages. Moving data to the cloud is becoming more useful as increasingly complex datasets require intense analysis to derive business value. Let’s take a look at the benefits of up leveling your cloud migration strategy. Cloud Migration Hurdles Cloud migration involves complicated processes with lots of moving parts. Businesses must consider the type of cloud vendor they select, storage capabilities, how much (and which type of) data they want to move, and how to access it for analysis. Low budgets and limited IT resources often limit brands in accessing the full benefits of the cloud. To combat these issues, cloud migration is imperative for businesses that need mission-critical technology to meet their goals and key performance indicators (KPIs). To help gain buy-in for a cloud migration journey, IT leaders must demonstrate the value of the cloud and its ability to easily provide data that businesses can leverage for insights that drive growth. When searching for a solution, organizations need to look for a vendor that allows them to transform their business processes with a flexible and fully-managed approach. The benefits of an effective cloud migration strategy are numerous, and when done properly, can enable any business to start small with its digital transformation, scale quickly, and make a meaningful impact on the organization. The Benefits of Modernizing Cloud Migration Businesses need fast and simple access to their data, which requires integration with cloud services that provide flexibility and ease-of-use. Solutions such as Actian’s fully managed Avalanche Cloud Data Platform can run on all major cloud providers, including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure. Cloud agility enables businesses to quickly access data needed for analysis, whether they are examining customer purchasing behavior or looking to improve internal processes. Effective cloud data platforms allow for easy creation of data pipelines to move and transform data from source systems to a centralized repository and include a wide range of services for data management and analytics. Data unification gives teams a clear, holistic view of data so they can understand how the business is doing in real-time. Solutions such as the Avalanche platform enables users to pull data from anywhere and create visualizations and dashboards. These tools offer a single pane view into complicated trends and insights on how to better meet the changing needs of customers and streamline complex processes. Taking the next step in a cloud migration or digital transformation journey can be daunting. Without easy access to data in the cloud, businesses may find it difficult to scale, innovate, compete to meet the dynamic needs of customers and increase revenue. When business leaders keep growth and innovation on top-of-mind, they’re more likely to be guided by a clear roadmap and supported by a strong cloud migration strategy. To see how Actian can help transform your brand’s cloud migration journey, no matter the size of your organization, read more about the Avalanche Cloud Data Platform. About Teresa Wingfield Teresa Wingfield is Director of Product Marketing at Actian where she is responsible for communicating the unique value that the Avalanche Cloud Data Platform delivers, including proven data integration, data management and data analytics. She enjoys applying her extensive knowledge in these areas to help customers find solutions that will help them achieve long-lasting success. Teresa brings a 20-year track record of increasing revenue and awareness for analytics, security, and cloud solutions. Prior to Actian, Teresa managed product marketing at industry-leading companies such as Cisco, McAfee, and VMware. She was also Datameer’s first VP of Marketing for big data analytics built on Hadoop, and has served as VP of Research at Giga Information Group, acquired by Forrester, providing strategic advisory services for data warehousing and analytics. Teresa holds graduate degrees in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and software engineering from Harvard University.