What are the Cloud Adoption Antipatterns to avoid, for a successful migration?

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There is a ‘cloud-rush’ by many companies to jump on to the cloud-transition bandwagon without clear criteria about the objectives or desired outcomes. This lack of envisioning or goal setting is a classic Antipattern which can prove to be a big deterrent in your cloud migration journey.

Not just KPIs or goals in strategy, but also lack of assessment or prematurely releasing services into production are some of the antipatterns commonly encountered during cloud adoption. Antipatterns are major roadblocks to innovation and successful adoption, preventing businesses from realizing their goals. Common antipatterns that occur during every phase of the cloud adoption process are:

  • Strategy phase where antipatterns draw out from a lack of clarity about established goals and desired outcomes. In addition, misaligned motivations from stakeholders of the business can turn out be a stumbling block in the strategy phase, of cloud adoption.
  • Plan phase can derail due to:
    • Choosing the wrong cloud operating model which can result in a lack of alignment with the company’s objectives, increased time to market and pressure on IT department
    • The wrong service model could imply something like opting for PaaS than a SaaS from the cloud, which can throw basic operations off-gear and challenge the foundation of IT infrastructure on the cloud.
    • Going for replacing the architecture instead of opting for modernization, which can be exacting on timelines and the costs as well.
  • Ready phase antipatterns cover :
    • Presumptuous readiness to release services for production,
    • Assuming increased resilience when it comes to recovery from a failure
    • Assuming increased availability without significant downtime
  • Adopt phase deterrents could be:
    • Plunging into the “Migrate”, “modernize” or “innovate” phase without governance or security framework
    • Lack of assessment
    • Adopting an architecture that is a force-fit
  • Manage phase which can deviate due to lack of focus on business outcomes, wherein introducing a modernized IT tooling is not substantially evaluated for its performance – in terms of faster delivery or better business results.
  • Govern phase antipatterns cover:
    • Misunderstood shared responsibilities between the company and the cloud provider
    • Assumptions on security provisions that are inaccurate, which often results in neglecting cloud security
    • Using a custom compliance or governance framework
  • Organize phase keystone missteps include:
    • Perceiving IT as cost centers
    • New technology investments without business approval
    • Outsourcing core business functions
    • Involving technical Decision-makers than cloud engineers

Antipatterns, are the ways a cloud migration process, can go wrong. Being aware of the missteps, helps to create a roadmap for migration that circumvent these ‘stumblers’ and accelerate the process. Knowledge of antipatterns also helps to cut through the haze surrounding the various phases of cloud adoption and renders a clear understanding of the purpose, the process, the stakeholders, compliance – to enable you take a sure-footed step forward.