3 Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail

Cloud migration can seem intimidating. Companies can overspend on cloud by as much as 94% in some cases and still not see a smooth transition.

In order to save you from overspending and not seeing the results you need, we’re breaking down the three essential steps organizations aren’t taking that are causing their cloud migrations to fail. Learn from their mistakes and you’ll reap the benefits of a smoother transition.

If you’re interested in a resource that will delve deeper into this topic and provide some actionable advice, take a look the first installment of our enterprise cloud migration planning series here.

1. Not Looking at Cloud Provider Capabilities

First and foremost, companies are not investigating their cloud provider’s capabilities. By this, we’re referring to the cloud IaaS provider’s capabilities and best-cost models. These companies are often overspending on the migration without the reassurance of what happens next after they move to a provider.

2. Not Doing Their Homework on Their Network

Instead of focusing on the network capabilities and their industry environment, companies are picking a provider blindly and jumping into a migration. It is extremely important that organizations do a network assessment and network impact analysis prior to migration in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Companies should approach their cloud computing readiness assessment practice from a data-centric, objective perspective aspect, as to avoid making decisions based on assumptions and misguided principles.

Computing a company’s readiness assessment should be made up of three primary components:

  1. Organizational readiness. This defines the goals of the organization and asking the question of whether cloud technology can get the organization to those goals.
  2. Process readiness. This takes a deeper look into what processes are in place for a move to cloud and/or what process will need to be created to support cloud.
  3. Technical readiness.

3. Not Planning Pre-Migration

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Cloud migration is troubled when the company doesn’t have migration plans in place or they don’t understand the network servers they need to move (virtual or physical). These workloads have dependencies that need to move with them which should be assessed and planned ahead of time.

I know what you’re thinking – if it’s so simple, why are there still companies failing to plan and look into these capabilities?

Organizations have lack of experience with cloud migration and don’t have knowledge of the process.

Records show that 65% of companies would rather do the migration alone, but instead rely on service providers and system integrators to assist the migration.

The consequence? A majority of the tools used by the service providers are more focused on benefiting the providers than the organizations. The organization has little experience and awareness that there are tools to help them properly develop migration plans, so they are vulnerable to being misguided.


Capabilities are often an afterthought.

Majority of organizations decide ahead of time which cloud provider they want to utilize without actually evaluating whether that cloud provider fits their organization’s needs and goals. Remember, not all cloud providers are created equally. What works for one organization does not necessarily mean that it will work for another.

This is often how we help our clients. RISC has an ecosystem of partners in cloud providers, system integrators, and IT teams. This ecosystem allows us to help companies understand their primary problems, models, and prices of different providers to find the best fit. We help companies look across 15 providers and take into account their actual data to help them understand the provider and plan.

If you want to avoid a cloud migration failure, take a look at the first installment of our enterprise cloud migration planning series focused on getting started with migrations the right way.