How to find the right partner to move to the cloud

Nov 23, 2021

There are a vast amount of companies offering cloud migration services to organisations.

If you are aiming to move your infrastructure to a cloud environment, the following set of criteria will help you make the right decision.

How to find the right partner to move to the cloud

What are your business needs?

The most important first step is to understand your business needs, requirements, goals and timelines.

By clarifying your essentials in advance, you can save a lot of time and reduce the need to “kiss a lot of frogs”.

When you come to picking a cloud service provider, we think there are six key criteria for you to use in your evaluation:

  1. Certifications and Standards
  2. Technologies and Service Roadmap
  3. Data Security and Governance policies
  4. Business health and Company profile
  5. Reliability and Performance
  6. Trust

Certifications and Standards

Look out for providers that comply with recognised standards and quality frameworks, showing that they follow industry best practices and standards.

Technologies and Service Roadmap

You should assess which technology is the right one for your organisation’s current capability and future goals.

It is worth asking about the provider’s roadmap of service development and how they intend to innovate over time to meet your long-term needs.

Data Security and Governance Policies

It is vital to match up your data security and governance needs, including data management, data location and compliance with local laws.

Understand the partner’s data loss and breach notification processes so they map to your legal and regulatory situation.

Business health and company profile

Microsoft’s guide on partner selection says: “The provider should have track record of stability and be in a healthy financial position with sufficient capital to operate successfully over the long term.”

Consider their financial health and profile, as well as whether they are the right type of partner for you, large or small with different types of SLAs.

Reliability and Performance

Explore their past record and who they have worked with to see that the partner has long-term relationship and satisfied customers.

Ensure that their terms and conditions and SLAs are bullet-proof and protected for the future.

Trust

It is critical that you should like the company and its principles. Check their reputation and see who its partners are.

Find out its level of cloud experience. Read reviews and talk to customers whose situation is similar to yours. Get to know them well in the procurement and planning stages.

Here at LA NET, we are a boutique company with huge expertise and experience at supporting large, multi-national organisations in moving to the cloud.

We are Microsoft Gold certified partners in the Azure Cloud Platform with deep knowledge and experience of using the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.

LA NET may not be a right partner for every organisation. We are always open and transparent about our expertise and whether we are the right fit for you.

To discuss your cloud migration plans further, please contact LA NET here.