For many businesses, cloud migration can be confusing and overwhelming. Cloud migration means rebuilding infrastructure, changing processes, and how to get value out of your new tech. It's tough for a team to adapt to these changes on their own.
But even if your business is unique, your problems and business challenges are not. That’s where a cloud consultancy team comes in. Working with an experienced team that has dealt with these same issues and problems before means they're ready to apply that knowledge to your business.
Engaging a cloud consultancy service isn’t just about buying an outcome and being done with it. It’s an enhanced collaboration that brings your teams together to really feel the benefits of that digital transformation you’re making.
With cloud migration being business-critical but more complex than ever, cloud consultants support businesses in many ways.
What is cloud consulting?
A cloud consultancy team works alongside your business to help you achieve your wider business goals through technology. They’re able to help you innovate and get the most out of moving to the cloud. You may already have some idea of where you want to take your business digitally and working with a consultant helps to reinforce your vision.
The move to the cloud doesn’t have to be made alone. Cloud consultants can see things that you can’t within your own systems and processes and offer an expert view as an outsider to your organisation.
‘We call out the things that other people skirt around – what’s the business objectives and how do we make sense of this?’
– James Rossell, Wirehive COO
Not only that, but a cloud consultancy team helps to take the pressure off. With the additional headcount, they’re able to offer guidance and capacity, allowing you to free up your staff to tackle the tasks they need to be doing.
Benefits of hiring a cloud consultant
The best cloud consultancy teams work on a proven methodology. You’re not just buying into them; you’re buying into their experience and relationship with leading cloud vendors. Consultants bring intangible value that may be difficult to quantify – it’s the insightful comment that emerges in the forum and that helps streamline your processes by already knowing what you need to do.
But, there are a variety of ways in which cloud consulting supports business growth and helps teams to make that leap to the cloud.
1. Identifying key areas of growth
A cloud consultancy offers perspective – how do you approach a project in a way that makes sense? Time to value is critical, and a cloud consultant can step in to break down the problem and ensure you know what to prioritise.
For organisations, it’s that idea of value that’s most important. Cloud consulting teams can identify what change will have the biggest impact on the business and deal with that first, deciding on what they can do quickest to deliver the most value. Understanding how your business can grow, whether that’s linear growth or otherwise, is key.
2. Unify your teams
A cloud consulting team comes into your business as a third-party outsider, able to offer insight that no one in your organisation sees. By auditing your processes, they’re able to bring everyone onto the same page – technical understanding or not. It’s the job of a consultancy to put it into words everyone can understand, without an agenda or a need to play politics.
Cloud consultants know the weaknesses and the risks businesses face and they help team members to manage upwards, to try and convince leadership of the best route to pursue. If the team can’t convince them, the expert can.
3. Understand your data
Migrating to the cloud opens up a lot of potential opportunities with data - but the key lies in knowing how to effectively unlock it. It’s possible to do much more with your data, but it could be down to a cloud consulting team to unlock it for you.
Cloud consulting asks the real questions of your data:
- Where is your data?
- How do you leverage data insights?
- Is your data readily available?
- Is your data easy to transfer to a new location?
- Are you using legacy or modern cloud systems?
With a greater understanding of your data, you can align your IT strategy to meet your business needs.
4. Resourcing efficiencies
Above all, this is all about collaboration. You need to be focusing on your business and what makes it tick – digital transformation and migration to the cloud are essential challenges that you need to overcome while running your business. However, you don’t have to deliver these changes yourself.
By working with a cloud consulting team, you can relieve some of the pressure on your team. For example, at Wirehive, we can move as quickly or slowly as you can afford to do so, and we completely blend in with your internal resources. One of the benefits of working with a cloud consulting team is that level of additional flexibility and pricing scalability that means you decide what you’re willing to spend and how far you want to go.
‘A good consultant should always be looking to make themselves redundant. It’s good for a project to end.’
– James Rossell, Wirehive COO
The digital transformation doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need is the right skills, the right perspective, and the right support.