Once you know which cloud, or clouds, you’re planning to migrate your data to, go through all your existing contracts with a fine tooth comb. There are many things that influence a timely and successful cloud migration like licensing requirements, time-dependency requirements, and versioning.
Licenses may not be supported in the cloud, or may require compliance systems to validate total license counts. Some software vendors require changes to contract terms for cloud-supported licensing. The most common licensing headache, though, is preparing for migration.
You should check to see if your licenses can run in both the cloud and on-premise during your migration period. If they can’t, you’ll need to change your cloud migration strategy or prepare to pay for double the licenses while your team completes the successful cloud migration.
Some vendors enforce time-dependent rules. So if you move software to the cloud, it has to stay there for a set time period before you can move it again without penalty. Most often, the penalty is having to pay for double the licenses.
While you’re looking at contracts, double check that you’re running the latest version of each software application. Older versions may not support cloud migration, and you’ll need to update them prior to migrating.