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Demystifying your Cloud migration strategy: Four key points from our eBook

Demystifying your Cloud migration strategy: Four key points from our eBook

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our new eBook, Un/Solved: Making Sense of your Cloud Migration Strategy.  If you’re looking to inform your Cloud migration strategy with actionable insights and great case studies, download it for free now.

Today, we’re running through four key takeaways from this latest eBook. 

Know your ‘why’

From senior management to the finance department, healthcare  to manufacturing, Cloud and SaaS products can be leveraged to achieve transformative results.

According to Qlik, “it’s vital to ‘align the [migration] with future business needs and the long-term direction of your organisation’s Cloud, data, and analytics strategies.”

This is true for a number of reasons, including;

  • Helping you communicate the reason for the shift to your stakeholders, and the people who will be carrying out the migration. This empowers them to better understand and contribute to discussions about your journey to the Cloud, and justifies the initial effort of the migration.
  • Avoiding potential issues that can arise from a misaligned strategy. For example, you may be considering a new data analytics and visualisation platform. Migrating without taking this into account may result in duplicated effort if you need to move your data again later. 

So why is the Cloud the right decision for your company, and why now? You may be looking to level up your B.I. with a range of benefits, including;

Flexibility and scalability

According to a  report by BCG, companies can expect to save 15-40% on IT operating costs by migrating to the Cloud, as there are no upfront costs for installing physical infrastructure, and you’re only charged for what you use.

Additionally, the Cloud makes it easy to scale your operations up and down as needed. That means no holding back on growth while you wait for your capacity to catch up. 

Getting more from your data

With accessible data management capabilities, remote access and intuitive collaboration features, the Cloud adds a whole new dimension to the way your company can interact with data.


A survey by RealWire found that 87% of IT leaders believe reliance on legacy systems exposes their company to cybersecurity risk. Moving to the Cloud is a chance to modernise, and benefit from features like automatic Cloud patching.


Because the Cloud automatically backs up and stores your data in multiple locations, you are less vulnerable to business disruption and data loss as a result of damage or corruption to your local servers. 

Creating an effective roadmap for your Cloud journey

Once you know the why of your migration, and what your current situation and requirements are, the next step is outlining how you will execute your journey to the Cloud. That means creating a roadmap. 

It’s important to begin with assessing both your requirements and the current state of your data architecture. This informs both what you are looking to achieve, and the methods that will be required to transfer your data. 

The ideal roadmap; 

  • Is easy to understand 
  • Explains the dependencies 
  • Is realistic 

The timeline and tasks you need to outline will differ depending on whether you decide to Rehost, Replatform Repurchase, Refactor, Retain or Retire. This ‘6R’s’ framework helps you clarify your strategy and articulate your plan to stakeholders. 

There are pros and cons to each approach, so check out this section of the eBook in full for more information.

Don’t just replicate, elevate! 

The Cloud creates exciting new opportunities, so don’t feel constrained by the limitations that existed within your legacy systems. 

Only 24% of businesses consider themselves to be data-driven, even though companies deploying meaningful data analysis in their firms enjoy an 8% uplift in profitability and can lower their operations costs by 10%. A Cloud migration is a moment of change, so take this moment to ask yourself;

  • Is there the possibility of empowering more team members to access and use data?
  • How could you push your data analytics further, to empower data-driven decisions within your organisation? 
  • Are you modernising any other aspect of your Business Intelligence as part of a wider transformation?
  • What new platforms, tools or processes could unlock new and useful functionalities? 

Powered by all the benefits that come with Cloud adoption, this a chance to take your Business Intelligence to the next level. 

No two Cloud migrations are the same

Understanding your requirements and crafting an informed approach that suits your company is key.

In our eBook, we take you through two Cloud migrations. While both were undertaken by leading enterprise organisations, the approach and end goal was very different. 

For Flint Group, a Vizlib customer, the move to Qlik Cloud was seamless. Bringing over their data architecture relatively intact, the execution phase took around one week. Their successful migration allowed them to leverage all the benefits of the Cloud, quickly and easily. Going forward, they are continuing to optimise the way they use data within the dynamic Cloud environment. 

On the other hand, we examined Netflix’s journey to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. This transformative migration resulted in software and data being handled in a completely different way, accompanied by a significant change in organisational structure.

From on-premise to complete Cloud adoption took seven years. It was highly resource intensive, but ultimately necessary to create the endlessly scalable, resilient Netflix platform of today. 

This goes to show your Cloud migration strategy should be reflective of your requirements, your resources, and your goals. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. 

Your Cloud migration strategy simplified: are you ready to get more from your data?

From increasing your B.I performance to driving meaningful insight across your organisation, there’s no time like the present to level-up. The power and flexibility of Cloud analytics are only a migration away.

Downloading our eBook is the first step on your Cloud migration journey. 

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