Five Critical Steps to Take Before Implementing in the Cloud

By the time an institution deploys a new system on premises or in the cloud, the value of that investment may have already been determined for the most part. The most critical stage has already passed – the planning stage. Did we account for all the integrated systems across campus? Did we include the right stakeholders in the decision-making process? Did we migrate more than we needed, or not enough? This takes on even greater magnitude when we consider migrating systems to the cloud, where the industry’s standards for data integrity, reliability, and efficiency are much higher.

As more institutions migrate their core systems to the cloud, we are beginning to see best practices emerge for this pre-implementation stage, which help institutions ask the right questions and make more accurate assessments of their systems and needs. With this in mind, here are five critical steps your institution should consider before implementing in the cloud.