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How to maintain existing IT investments while migrating to the cloud

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Money down the drain? It doesn’t have to be. Migrating voice and collaboration tools to the cloud doesn’t have to mean you lose out on your existing infrastructure investments.

Lots of customers expect to lose out financially when migrating their communication and collaboration platforms to the cloud. But if you manage the migration correctly, this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, the move can be very flexible and done in a way that suits you best.

The cloud brings commercial flexibility

One of the big advantages of cloud technology, is the greater commercial control it bestows on our customers. The cloud gives scalability, you can grow and reduce your usage as it’s needed and you only pay for what you use. This changes the commercial dynamics during a migration programme, allowing organisation to realise the financial benefits of existing on-premises investments while also moving to a new cloud environment.

You can plan your migrations with the money in mind

A customer of ours migrated 30,000 end-users to the cloud over a two year period. These end-users were spread across 33 countries, in a myriad of different sites - corporate HQ, factories and smaller regional offices. These sites had switches of different ages in them, some the beneficiaries of more recent investments than others. With this in mind, we built a phased migration for our customers. We started with the oldest switches and those that had the most challenges from a performance perspective.

As one investment ends, another begins

This phased approach allowed our customer to migrate users as their equipment got to the end of its life. With the cloud you only pay for a user once they move to the cloud. So as one investment ends, another one begins. There was no double whammy. This allows organisations to manage their costs and optimise their balance sheet.

Identify the right roadmap for your company

Even when the destination is known, it’s very difficult to understand how far you have to travel, the best route to take and how much it’s going to cost to get there, if you don’t know where you’re starting from. To get the most out of your IT spend both now and in the future, make sure you have a complete view of your current infrastructure. Map the money that’s been invested and get maximum mileage out of it.

Keep reading by downloading our latest whitepaper People, Productivity and the digital workplace or watch back our most recent webinar Dispelling 7 common myths of cloud collaboration and the digital workplace’.

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Joseph Walsh

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