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A CIO's guide to enterprise cloud migration

Last updated:September 2015

Editor's note

It's understandable why so many companies want to migrate to the cloud. With the prospect of avoiding hardware costs, eliminating software maintenance, increasing the scalability and performance of applications, and enjoying the cloud's economies of scale, making the change seems like a no-brainer.

A poorly planned and implemented migration, however, can put a serious dent in the cloud business case. With that in mind, CIOs need to address a number of questions to ensure a smooth migration:

  • Which enterprise cloud migration strategy is right for your organization, if any?

  • Which applications are suitable for the cloud and which aren't?

  • Do you have the appropriate tools to aid in migration efforts and cut back on expensive manual tasks?

  • What types of computing workloads will work best in which specific types of clouds?

In this CIO Essential Guide, we'll address these questions by exploring the intricacies of cloud migration and suggesting best practices for getting the job done.

This Essential Guide on enterprise cloud migration is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1Getting familiar with the cloud environment

In order to reap the rewards of the cloud, CIOs need to have a deep understanding of the complexities of cloud migration and integration. This section runs down need-to-know elements of enterprise cloud migration, including best practices and common pitfalls to avoid.

2Crafting the perfect cloud contract

Equally important to the success of your cloud migration is constructing a sound cloud contract from the onset. There are a lot of things to consider before signing on the dotted line, so use the articles in this section to help you avoid contractual hiccups and ensure your cloud agreement is up to snuff.

3Expand your enterprise cloud migration vocabulary

Get familiar with these terms related to enterprise cloud migration.

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