The Cloud has become an established model for businesses using workforce management software. In fact, over 40% of enterprises who have migrated to the cloud this year plan on doing so within the next 3-5 years. Over one-third of those organizations plan on migrating by the year 2020. Organizations are looking to increase their computing resources in order to better serve customers. Beyond customer service, close to half of IT respondents who have deployed the cloud reported a return on investment, and an extra 40% expected future ROI. While there are many benefits to hosting in the Kronos cloud, there are key questions that should be asked before an organization decides to make the move.
Do you have enough IT skill to support migrating to the Cloud?
Enterprises without cloud computing expertise lose more than $258 million annually, according to a Rackspace and London School of Economics and Political Science report. As more and more organizations move to the cloud, the demand for workers with cloud expertise is rising outside of traditional tech companies and cloud providers. Your organization need to ensure they have the necessary bandwidth to support a migration to the cloud. If not, make sure to partner with an external team or organization to support the application. For example, the Kronos Cloud is supporting by a team of cloud experts who monitor service packs, daily bug fixes, data backups, etc.
Do you have a plan for disaster recovery?
Moving to the Cloud reduces (but does not eliminate) the need for internal redundancy planning in case of a power outage or natural disaster. Every precaution is taken to ensure that your organization will not lose any of its data, including all history and configurations. The Kronos Cloud team performs incremental daily backups and a complete backup every seven days to a secondary data center with a guaranteed Recovery Time Objective of 72 hours.
Do you have a plan in place for testing?
Inadequate testing is a surefire way to create complications during a migration. Testing your application in the Kronos Cloud for configuration, usability, and interoperability in realistic scenarios will help your organization avoid any miscalculation, delays, or unexpected situations during the migration. Testing should never be anything but structured, well planned, and thoroughly documented. Data integrity and incompleteness problems are often due to inadequate design and testing of data migration and replication systems and processes. A commitment to documenting details and validating results is crucial when migrating critical data to the cloud.
Are you considering moving to the Kronos Cloud?
We would love to help. An accredited Kronos Services partner, we are certified by Kronos to work in the Cloud. Our consultants have years of experience with both Cloud and on-premise installations and upgrades.
Download our white paper Should you Move to the Cloud? for more information.