A foolproof process to move and improve cloud data

I’m often asked, “How can I relocate data to the cloud, and improve the databases, applications, security, governance, and dataops as the migration occurs?” Everyone is looking for a shortcut or a magical tool that will migrate and automatically improve the state of the data. Sorry, that magic does not yet exist. 

In the meantime, a nonmagical migration process provides the best odds of success. Before we explore that process, I’ll mention a few things:  

First, cloud relocation does not use a waterfall approach. Certain tasks need to be completed to move on to the next tasks, but not all. These dependences will be readily apparent, but feel free to do any of the tasks below out of sequence. 

Second, to get this right the first time, follow the process outlined below with the correct mix of talent. You’ll need subject matter experts for databases, security, ops, governance, cloud-specific services, etc. Those people are difficult to find right now. 

Finally, this is a general approach. You will need to add or remove some items. For instance, if you’re a health care company, you need to deal with more compliance and governance issues around the use, migration, and deployment of data. 

With all that said, here’s the process:

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