PLAN: Assemble the Right Cloud Migration Team

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Pulling off a successful migration often takes a village. Certainly, this is true for large, complex enterprise migrations. If you decide to go with a migration partner like Binary Tree, we’ll often bring in our own team of experts to take point on many of the key activities, like managing the project. But you should also be ready to tap several internal resources of your own, too.

Here are the common roles that need to be involved when you’re migrating to the cloud. We’ve broken them down by partner roles vs. ones that you should be prepared to shoulder.

Staffed by a partner

Cloud architect

This is your mastermind behind the migration. This person should:

  • Define the overall vision of what the solution will look like when you move to Azure
  • Build out the migration plan
  • Help you understand the trade-offs of the approach to migrating or modernizing workloads
  • Set up the target Azure environment with the right governance controls

Cloud infrastructure engineers

These are the folks who execute the actual migration work, based on the plan your Cloud Architect has set up. As examples, these people might create resources in Azure, upload data, and write scripts.

Software developers

These people are experts in the various applications you’re migrating. Their job is to design and deliver modern applications that take advantage of new cloud capabilities.

Technical specialists

These are solution engineers that specialize in certain areas that might be impacted by the migration. These can be specialists in things like databases, networking, storage, and security/identity management.

Project manager

The person who ties it all together. Their job is to manage the project schedule and make sure you hit milestones on time. They’ll also facilitate communication across the team, track and manage risks, and help analyze dependencies.

Staffed by the business

  • Application and business owners: These are the teams who are directly responsible for the businesses process affected by the migration project.
  • Security and compliance specialists: Often, these professionals are some of the most important to create a productive relationship with, or they can easily become blockers in your migration.
  • IT architects: These are the gatekeepers of your existing services and policies.
  • End users: You’ll need feedback from end users to make sure that your migrated solutions are working well. They’ll also need to sign off on any changes you’ve made to the user experience.

Get started

Ready to put together a team of your own? We at Binary Tree are standing by. We’re exclusively focused on helping enterprises around the world plan, move, and manage their way to the Microsoft cloud. To get started, get in touch.


Source: Microsoft. Cloud Migration and Modernization Playbook. 2018.