Business owners who pondered a move to cloud-based computing may now find it imperative in keeping their business open during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are busy moving clients to the cloud so employees can access their same familiar office systems from their homes. Individual desktops look the same so no new training is necessary. Access is simple, via one login.
Bright Software can smoothly move most clients within a week. We audit your systems to assess what you have, map out dependencies, identify known risks, define users and where they reside before planning your architecture for the cloud. The more complex your system, the more we want to slow down and be sure we are capturing your requirements. Maybe not all your apps are ripe for the cloud. Everyone's situation is unique and not all cloud service providers are the same. Cloud service providers do have strengths and weaknesses that need to be matched in parallel with your needs.
We just moved a medium-sized business to the cloud with an older file based database with up to 80 simultaneous users. These types of high user demand setups rely heavily on the system's disk performance or the whole system gets very slow. Finding a cloud provider with really fast disks was paramount and it took a while to investigate to find a match. Obviously it would make no sense to gain cloud benefits if the trade off was employees waiting minutes for the system to return results. Performance had be on par with user expectations, not less. These are "work-arounds," and we have a lot of experience in helping you decide what works best, weighing cost, security, backups and scalability. Often, we find additional ways to improve performance along the way.
Cloud migrations happen at a time convenient for your business. We have much implementation experience and since your systems have been reviewed, this greatly reduces any “surprises” during the switch. Most things go smoothly and if there are any set-backs, trust that we will either work until the problem is fixed or back out the move so you are back to where you were before we started.
At the end of the day, you should be able to sleep at night knowing your data is secure and your employees can continue to work remotely.
If you are thinking of moving to the cloud, or just have questions about the process, we are happy to help.