6 Tips Charities Should Consider When Migrating to the Cloud

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According to recent statistics, 90% of organisations have moved to the cloud. This statistic has increased significantly due to recent events and many employees now resorting to remote working.

Are you thinking of migrating to the cloud and not sure where to start? Read our 6 top tips to consider so that your charity has a smooth transition to the cloud.

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1. Auditing and Making a Plan

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Making a thorough plan prior to migrating to the cloud is vital. We suggest that start your way from the edges and work your way to your transferring important data last. This means that you can ensure that you’re happy with the set-up and the service before going ahead and migrating all of your data.

Auditing your data prior to the migration is key. This means deleting all of the data which you do not necessarily need and checking who in your organisation has access to what. This keeps your data organised for when you move over to the cloud.

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2. Get to Know Cloud Software

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Getting to know all of the software that will be available to your charity after your migration is paramount. Migrating to the cloud offers a lot of applications which your team can utilise on a daily basis. Some examples of the software is SharePoint Online, Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory.

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3. Making Sure you Have the Correct Equipment

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The devices and hardware used within different organisations vary. This means that checking your hardware and IT equipment to see if they can support migrating to the cloud is key. Routers, firewalls, backup devices and servers are some of the networking equipment which will need to be checked and possibly upgraded.

Your IT Support Provider will be able to guide you when it comes to seeing if your equipment needs replacing and upgrading or whether they’re already compatible for migrating to the cloud.

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4. Encrypting your Data in the Cloud

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82% of cloud databases do not have the correct encryption implemented. This is a very high statistic which means there is a lot of unsecure data. Making sure that your data on the cloud is encrypted is a priority to minimise identity theft and more.

When your IT provider migrates your charity to the cloud, ensure that they’re making sure that your data will be protected and encrypted. This puts you at ease from cyber criminals trying to hack into your data.

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5. Multi-Factor Authentication

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Passwords can indeed be the weakest point in terms of security. Most security breaches originate from weak passwords which were easily guessable. Your charity should consider taking the extra step and implement Multi-Factor Authentication. This is a great way to secure your login as the user must acknowledge a phone call/text message or mobile app notification to complete the verification process so that they can proceed to login. 

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6. Cloud Training for your Team

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Your team will need training in preparation for the migration to the cloud. Make sure that your team fully understands the ins and outs of the cloud to ensure a smooth transition with few issues.

If your business is completely new to the idea of the cloud and not sure that the training would be delivered confidently, then requesting a highly training IT expert will ensure your team is trained and taught in the eyes of a professional.

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Find Out More

Find out more about migrating to the cloud here or contact our IT experts who will be able to tell you everything you need to know and assist you with your transition!

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