Migrating to the Cloud Is Not an All or Nothing Deal

January 26, 2018

Lift and shift. This seems to have been the mantra for the last several years with the initiatives encouraging government agencies to move to the cloud. But with the maintenance of legacy systems eating up 80% of the $ 80 Billion Government IT Budget, the conversation around moving the infrastructure to the cloud has moved from when to how.

Even with the recent addition of the MGT (Modernizing Government Technology) Act throwing $250 Million into an IT Modernization Fund with the goal of “improving, retiring or replacing existing information technology systems,” moving entire legacy systems to the cloud can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be.

Migrating Communication to the Cloud UcaaS – collab9

Unified Communications: All or Nothing?

Gartner defines Unified Communications as “those that facilitate the interactive use of multiple enterprise communications methods. This can include control, management and integration of these methods. UC Products integrate communications channels (media), networks and systems, as well as IT Business Applications and, in some cases, consumer applications and devices.”

So what does this mean? Essentially, Unified Communications solutions bring together all channels of communications. Voice, video, email and data. Traditionally, these services are procured from a single manufacturer. Many times, when evaluating your options for a Unified Communications solution, you cannot pick and choose which UC features you want to integrate at one given moment. It’s a package deal – or all or nothing. Unified communications in the cloud is often no different: service provider determines when and how your agency gets to the cloud.

3 Benefits of Moving to Hosted UCaaS Solutions

As we recently discussed in a blog, there are 3 primary benefits to moving off of a legacy communications solution. UCaaS enables your agency to:

  • Deliver a common experience across all departments.
  • Reduce capital expenditure.
  • Accelerate your agency’s road to its hosted transformation.

3 Common Challenges Agencies Face when migrating From a Legacy to Cloud Solution

In a recent blog, we detailed these 3 challenges that agencies commonly face in their cloud migrations:

  • Challenges with resource prioritization.
  • Speed of procurement and technical issues.
  • Resource prioritization challenges may include both financial and staff resources.

When you are moving something as large and complex as a legacy communications system to the cloud, there is an opportunity for a knowledge base gap. This gap can add complexity, cost and time to your migration. But there is a better way. Best-of-Breed Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS).

How Do Best-of-Breed UCaaS Solutions Benefit My Agency?

Simple. You chose the route to migration.

Want to move the voicemail system, but not the PBX? No problem. What about migrating the voice, but continuing to use your existing VoIP phones? Again, not a problem.

Best-of-Breed solutions marry all the different aspects of UCaaS, allowing you to not only pick how you get to the cloud – but how fast and what products and services to move. Best-of-Breed can provide significant cost savings while simultaneously making the migration easier to manage. Your staff resources will have the ability to ramp up on the new system at the rate that their workload allows. Additionally, by carving off certain portions of the system to move, you can free up the financial burden of maintaining those legacy portions. The cost-savings realized when an IT department is no longer required to maintain these aging systems will allow your agency to continue to “snowball” the migration at a speed that works for you.

Why Collab9?

As the original FedRAMP authorized UCaaS provider catering to state and local government with infrastructure designed to meet NIST 800-53 requirements and a NASPO contract holder, collab9 is the ideal partner to help your agency begin its journey to the cloud. If you’d like to learn more, fill out this form.

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