Free Article: 7 Pitfalls to Avoid as you Transition Business Software to the Cloud

The cloud has come a long way over the past decade. Cautious business leaders waited for the model to prove itself before jumping on the bandwagon, but by now there is no doubt the cloud provides real benefits. It still represents change, though, and moving operations to the cloud should be approached with eyes wide open.

To help you steer clear of the problems that inevitably accompany change, we’ve collected stories based on the real experiences of companies like yours. On each page, you’ll find a cautionary tale founded on the hard-earned experience of technology partners who are dedicated to helping businesses realize the promise of the cloud.

Each organization is unique, and our goal with this document is to help you recognize warning signs within your own company that could take you down a painful path. Your company may be ready for innovation and new ways of working and jump into the cloud without any issues. Or, like most companies, you may have some internal struggles that make moving to the cloudless straightforward.

Don’t fall for these pitfalls such as:

  • It’s just like an upgrade, no problem!!

  • We’ll figure out data migration as we go!

  • Customizations and integrations won’t be an issue!

  • Employees, customers and business partners will just have to adapt!

  • The cloud works pretty much the same as on-premises!

  • We’ll redefine business processes later!

  • As soon as we get up and running, we’ll tighten security!

Moving to the cloud is not as simple as flipping a switch. As with most business strategies, planning ahead is critical for making the most of the benefits of the
cloud. With your transition to the cloud comes the opportunity to capitalize on new technologies and modernize operations. Whether replacing manual accounts payable processes with automated workflows, delivering omnichannel customer experiences, or managing travel and expenses, moving to the cloud without
evaluating the strategic value of business process reengineering is an opportunity lost.

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