Tempted to fork-lift your data into the Cloud? Don’t!

Tempted to fork-lift your data into the Cloud? Don’t!

It seems like setting up and getting to a new cloud infrastructure is on everyone’s corporate and IT hit list nowadays. Executives are mandating the move, the industry is validating the benefits, and there is serious momentum encouraging practitioners. However, creating the best possible experience and benefits for your enterprise once you move to your new cloud infrastructure can be ruined quickly if you don’t follow a few important strategies before you get there.

You want to avoid ending up in exactly the same morass of data you had in your old environment – with pitfalls, unknowns, and untenable volumes – in the new. Migrating your data may seem like step 1 in your move to the cloud, but really you need to back up a bit further. Understanding what data you actually have, what is of true business value and what is not first before you simply migrate it all can position you for the best success. The temptation to forklift or dump and run is real, but don’t surrender to it.

Any enterprise today needs to consider a full information governance strategy as they set up their infrastructure be it on premises, on the cloud, or a combination of both. A successful cloud migration should include an awareness of data privacy, security and access controls, the ability to meet regulatory and compliance mandates, prepare for eventual litigation, archive and declare certain data as company records, and make decisions about what information can eventually be deleted — in other words have a mindful information governance strategy. Understanding your data is step one for information governance, and information governance is essential to a successful cloud migration.

To learn more about the top 5 steps to consider as you plan your migration to the cloud, register to download our recently published paper: Moving to the Cloud? The Time for Information Governance is Now

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