Every project manager must know the cloud migration protocol
Digitalization is essential for business competitiveness. Digital is the key word, regardless of whether it is Six-sigma or Lean technology. Process transformation is a new approach. It adopts DevOps practices and migrates to Cloud. This is where program and project management come in. These corporate strategies can lead to desirable outputs. All of this happens in a constrained environment, under the supervision of many stakeholders.
Let’s look at project management using the example of a cloud migration. This scenario will focus on the migration of n-premise IT infrastructure services and all associated applications to a cloud vendor. Except for a few critical business systems and applications. This project is complex and carries a high risk. We are aware that there are many cloud vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and others.
But what exactly is Cloud computing?
A cloud is a virtual pool of resources that can be used on-demand to provide compute and storage. These resources can be scaled using virtualization. There are many deployment options available, including public, private and hybrid clouds, as well as community clouds. There are many service models available, including Saas, PaaS and IaaS. It is important to conduct a feasibility study before any project. To determine if it is feasible to deliver the outputs. Justify a profitable business case.
Let’s say that a business case was positive. The project was approved based on the expected benefits and objectives. Benefits reduce capital expenditure as the IT infrastructure does not need to be procured. They would relate to internet connection speeds in this project. This could be compared with in-premise access, cloud security and the cost of pulling data out of the cloud. A project is more than just completing tasks. It’s about organisational transformation. It would involve significant changes in roles and responsibilities, processes, etc. There would be risks associated to business service and reductions in HR morale
Time management is essential for any project. Based on the work done, a detailed schedule will be prepared. Due to the nature and complexity of this project, a phased approach is necessary. Activities such as cloud configuration testing and security configuration will be included. The project manager must be able to integrate all aspects of the project. To create a schedule that is practical, it is necessary to understand the technical aspects.
Procurement is another important area. Considerations are key to cloud vendor selection. Considerations such as data retention capabilities, pricing and support, future capability plans, and more. It is important to establish a proof-of-concept before embarking on a complex IT project. This is one of the formal methods for project scoping. This is a simplified version of the solution. This gives you confidence to deliver the larger project.
Technical risks are a significant part of cloud migration projects. Cloud disaster recovery planning is necessary, for example.
Now think about making the project live and then closing it. It will be a complicated process. It is important to realize that the switch from an in-premise environment to a cloud environment must be made immediately. Canary deployment is a gradual process that allows services to be moved from in-premise to the cloud. Project management is both a science and a art. This course requires domain knowledge. A project manager who is familiar with cloud migration, for example.
These slides will give you a better understanding of cloud migrationprojects.
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