When a company first decides to move their commerce platform and supporting toolsets to the cloud, they typically focus most of their attention on deciding what type of cloud (private/public) and provider (AWS, GCP, Azure) they want, and then picking the supporting technologies (Spring Boot, Node.js, React, Kubernetes, etc.).
While these choices are important, they are actually less impactful to a successful migration than you might suspect. All of the providers and supporting technologies are mature: They provide what is required for a commerce platform to run in the cloud. Quite often, it’s the things that don’t get the attention they deserve — or get overlooked entirely — that can make or break a migration project.
This blog covers seven of these often-overlooked factors. The advice below applies to two common scenarios: Working with cloud-based components you own or manage, or interacting with third-party cloud components.
Whichever way you go, you need to pay close attention to these points:
When your customer experience is on the line, you can’t afford unexpected glitches that chase people to the competition or projects that aren’t delivered on time and on budget. This reality underscores the inherent tradeoff of moving to the cloud: To get massive flexibility you have to deal with complexity and up-front cost.
At DMI, we have experts with direct experience in e-commerce operations across multiple retail sectors. We don’t tell clients what they need to do. We scrutinize their marketplace and current technology environment, and help them formulate a strategic, proactive approach to doing what’s best for their customers and their business.
It’s not easy to figure out. But it’s easier if you choose the right partner — one that is committed to the client’s success and knows how to successful navigate the unexpected pitfalls.
—Andrew Powers, senior vice president, solutions delivery, digital commerce