There’s an old saying, “A journey of a million miles begins with a single step.” The conversion of an on-premise to cloud-based environment is just that: a long journey with sequential steps towards a clear goal. No matter your approach, finding the right cloud implementation strategy is not without its challenges. Digital transformation is changing the face of business and with it, consumer expectations. Adaptation is the name of the game: in the era of connectivity, consumers have little patience for disjointed experiences. In order to get ahead of the competition, you need the right technology platform.
The key to success? Perseverance. Always be executing on your conversion plan.
Below, we look at the three most important aspects of migrating from a legacy to cloud-based framework. If you begin with a clear goal in mind and an awareness of the challenges that may arise along the way, you’ll achieve greater success.
When transitioning to a cloud-based business model, don’t rush through the planning process. It may be tempting to move full-speed ahead with cloud migration. However, remember that systems and tech, while an important component, aren’t the core of your business. Your employees are.
Change is never easy. However, it’s often inevitable in a dynamic marketplace. A change from an on-site to digital operational framework represents a huge shift in your corporate culture. Employees may balk at the change. They may be slow to adopt a completely digital platform or they may reject it altogether. Therefore, it’s essential that you take your employees into account during the transition and actively work to include them in the process.
The good news is that time is on your side. A complete company overhaul doesn’t happen overnight. And, a well-planned transition can take months or even years to implement. Companies with younger, tech-heavy cultures will make the switch more seamlessly, compared to those with more traditional corporate cultures. A steady, carefully-planned implementation allows you to ease your employees into the new framework. Also, this measured approach coupled with minimal disruptions to daily operations is critical to success.
But, what does success look like? Regardless of your approach, you must obtain employee buy-in. And, how do you accomplish that? By soliciting feedback and collaborative effort during the implementation process. A slow, measured approach can help you sell your employees on the practical benefits of a cloud-based platform.
The second most important thing to consider when converting to an all-digital format is how it will change your employees’ work processes. The primary reason employees are slow to adopt a new technology framework is because it’s disruptive to their established workflows. People become accustomed to what they know.
Selling them on the benefits of a cloud-based business framework should be a key factor in your execution strategy. You have to make sure that your employees understand the benefits of a newer, more efficient set of working processes. Fortunately, you have the Nexinite team in your corner.
With the Nexinite team as your Microsoft 365 solution provider, you have a trusted and experienced technology partner at your side. We’re available 24/7 to handle all of your technical issues. The Nexinite team is also a Silver Microsoft partner, meaning we’re authorized to be your company’s point of contact for all customer service issues. We will act as a technical resource for all employee questions, helping to ease the transition between old and new processes.
If you and your C-suite staff maintain transparency throughout the cloud migration process, your chances for success increase. Additionally, if you leverage Nexinite’s expertise to educate your staff on cloud-based functionality, they will begin to embrace the power of the Microsoft platform, utilizing its power and convenience in due time.
Assembling a business model based around the cloud is like assembling a very complex puzzle. You have to make sure the pieces fit together in order to form a cohesive picture. Your people and their processes are two of those pieces. The rest of the puzzle is made up of the platform that you intend to implement.
Microsoft Office 365 is an enterprise software platform that scales alongside your business. Once you’ve fully integrated cloud-based functionality into your business, your employees will wonder how they ever performed essential processes without it.
Nexinite’s software solutions include a wide range of packages to fit almost any business environment. We can outfit your operations with Sharepoint, allowing your employees to collaborate together on tasks, documents, and projects. With the Nexinite team acting as your single point of contact for IT and customer service, we put you in control of your employee’s access points. You’ll decide who has read and write access to documents and who has read-only privileges. Additionally, all of our services align seamlessly with Office 365, giving your company access to all the tools available in the Office Suite. This includes Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and a host of other custom applications.
The Nexinite team can also set your company up with Microsoft Azure. Azure gives your business a customizable, all-encompassing portal full of tools to help you manage even the most complex aspects of your business. Migrating to a cloud-based business model means that you and your team will never be tied down to a single location again. With the right portable devices in hand, Microsoft 365’s cloud solutions allow your people to take their work processes on the road, extending your company footprint like never before.
Migrating Your Business to the Cloud
The experts on the Nexinite team can walk you through the migration of legacy applications, files, and business processes to cloud-based operations. We take a systematic approach to cloud migration. And, we can also help your employees understand the methodologies needed to sustain the efficacy of a cloud-based framework. First, we start by integrating your company’s messaging and data services so that everyone can stay connected. From there, we build your custom cloud solution piece by piece, making sure you have the right features to scale seamlessly.
People, processes, and the right platform are the three most essential factors in building a cloud-based business model. If you’re looking to execute on your business goals and solutions using Microsoft’s platform of tools, reach out to Team Nexinite today.