Cloud migrations: Don’t settle for just some operational savings

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I’ve stopped thinking of simple migration to the public clouds as “success.”

Yes, businesses do benefit. You decrease operational costs by a certain amount, if you plan correctly, and you certainly increase the convenience of not having to deal with hardware and software. But all that gets you to just 10 to 20 percent in savings.

And that savings has a big price tag: Migration projects are very labor-intensive, and they often run into issues such as internal politics, cost overruns, and compliance issues as you’re looking to drive platform changes.

Moreover, you have to consider the cost of risk. If you bother to calculate it, the risk is high considering the issues I just mentioned, and that could remove any benefit gained for at least a few years.