Don’t migrate your problems to the cloud

The cloud is typically a destination for systems needing to be modernized to take advantage of technologies such as AI, predictive analytics, or a hundred other cloud services. It’s typically cheaper, it can be allocated and changed in minutes, and the enterprises technology elites are spending most R&D dollars on the public cloud these days. Thus, your existing platforms are no longer getting the love.

Moving to the cloud is not a bad idea. However, the trouble comes when enterprises believe that digital enablement will somehow fix existing problems, such as a data mess, application issues, inadequate security, or frequent outages due to a lack of operational disciplines and tools.

These issues won’t fix themselves once applications and data migrate to the cloud. You’ll end up with less-than-optimal systems in the cloud, made worse by the fact that those working in IT will still be on the learning curves of using public clouds. In other words, you’ll be increasing risk and cost without improving applications and data. Things will likely get worse. 

I’m not a fan of migrating problems to the cloud. Indeed, I warn people of three consequences of migrating data and applications that are problematic.

Security and outages. If your data and applications were less than secure on-premises, migrating them to the cloud will likely not improve things.

If we try to rethink security in the “as is” state, perhaps leveraging identity access management or upgraded encryption, then it’s just a matter of finding analogs in the cloud. The alternative is rethinking and rejiggering security on cloud platforms where those not as experienced in the cloud are more likely to make mistakes. Same goes for ops.

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