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Here Are 6 KPIs to Focus On When Moving to the Cloud

Publication date: 4 October 2021

With the rise of cloud computing popularity, more and more organizations have recognized the benefits of the cloud. However, migrating to the cloud is a complex project, and setting KPIs can help the company identify whether the project is proceeding as planned and if there are any problems in the process.

To help you identify and keep track of the most important KPIs for successful cloud migration, we’ve divided KPIs into two categories – during and after migration.

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KPIs to Keep Track of During Cloud Migration

1. Project Success

Perhaps the most obvious and essential KPI is project success. During the migration, companies should keep track of project budgets and timelines. However, it is important to identify and establish project success KPIs for after the migration. These KPIs are often goals related to the business and the purpose of cloud migration, such as investing less money in a data center or eliminating the need for maintaining a data center.

2. Cloud Migration Health

During the cloud migration process, it is important to watch out for the overall health of the cloud. In general, downtime and performance issues are the most visible measures of cloud health that can be very detrimental to the organization if ignored. For example, downtime can ramp up huge costs for the company, and performance issues can impact productivity and lowers employee satisfaction.

3. Cloud Migration Issues

Last but not least, a company should define KPIs that suggest there is an issue on the horizon. For example, it is recommended to keep an eye on resource utilization both during and after the cloud migration. Resources that run too close to capacity are very likely to lead to performance issues. On the other hand, underutilized resources often indicate that money is wasted on unnecessary cloud capacity.

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KPIs to Keep Track of After Cloud Migration

1. Infrastructure

One of the KPIs to watch out for once cloud migration is complete is the cloud infrastructure. Or, to be more precise, hardware capacity. Systems that are reaching capacity tend to be slower to respond. On the other hand, having too much capacity is not the solution either because the company will be paying for the capacity that is not used.

2. Application Performance

Hardware isn’t the only factor that can affect workload performance. How a company’s applications are designed can also affect the overall cloud performance. To keep track of this KPI, it is recommended to invest in application performance monitoring tools that can monitor how quickly cloud-based applications respond to user requests.

3. User Experience

Both infrastructure and application performance monitoring provide data-driven insights into the user experience. However, performance is rated the best by the users themselves. Gathering anecdotal input from your users can also help you obtain an actionable assessment of the user experience.

Cloud-based technology has revolutionized the enterprise world, allowing businesses to efficiently retrieve and store tremendous volumes of data. If you’re looking for the most efficient data estate solution for your business, HICO-Group is here to help you out.

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