Cloud Transformation Challenges

Cloud migration challenges

Cloud migration challenges – and one thing, you shouldn't underestimate

Two challenges with a conventional cloud migration. And how to overcome them by doing something else. Because you’re smart like that.

The decision is cemented. You’re moving to the cloud.


And although it might feel like a relief (after all, the decision process has been long, and changing your old ways to dive into new technologies seems sexy), that fluffy feeling of ease will soon be gone.


Once a cloud migration is on the drawing board, challenges appear.


By the end of this page, you’ll have an idea about the most common challenges that we hear people struggle with, in a conventional cloud migration. And approaches to solve them. So you don’t have to take a whack-a-mole approach to your cloud transformation but can tackle these challenges in advance.


Here are the two overarching challenges that we hear our customers struggle with when they dive headfirst into a cloud migration:

1. You have to make decisions with limited information available

This is the problem in short:

Insufficient information.

That’s it.


For most organizations, that’s the overarching issue:

Insufficient information about the digital estate.

Without the right information about your current IT, you can’t make informed decisions about your future IT.


If you lack insight into what systems and applications are critical and interdependent, it is difficult to make informed decisions about how to prioritize in the cloud migration process.


So how will you plan and prioritize your cloud transformation?




Roll the dice?


The reason that most organizations don’t have that information?

That they don’t know what systems are critical? Which applications are interdependent?


They’ve lost the overview of their IT.


Getting that overview of your IT back is key.


And it’s a lot more simple than it sounds.


Today, a good software service can provide you with a complete inventory mapping of your entire digital estate.


In no time.

Automatically, of course.


For your cloud transformation to be successful, it is important to truly understand your existing digital estate and the interdependencies within your digital landscape.


So get that overview. Do a detailed inventory of the existing digital estate before planning the cloud migration. Gain an understanding of your business applications and their interconnections.

Server Network Automatic inventory

A few services even give you algorithmic advice with precise recommendations for planning the cloud migration. (Full disclaimer: We provide one of those. A highly effective one, even.)


When you have the right information about your digital estate.

When you’ve gained insight into the interdependencies within your IT infrastructure.

Then you can plan your cloud transformation with the right prioritizations.


Read more about the stages of a cloud migration here.

2. You can't calculate cloud pricing. At least not accurately.

“We need an accurate calculation of cloud capacity.”


Of course, you do.


But the calculation is complex. There are many factors to consider.


Details on capacity and resource utilization in your digital estate. Unclear benefits of the options offered by cloud vendors. Pricing. Licensing.


Calculating the capacity needed in the cloud takes expertise.

It also takes insight into the precise details of capacity and resource utilization in your existing digital estate.


Companies that try to do the math themselves, often find that their cloud costs become sky-high. Much higher than driving IT on-premise.


We recommend that you use a service that can automatically calculate cloud pricing.


Not based on guesswork and moving around numbers, but based on data about the capacity and actual utilization of your current IT infrastructure.


If you calculate cloud pricing 1:1 (that is, if you plan to throw your IT in the cloud with its current configuration and do your calculations based on that), the cost will likely be so high that it won’t pay off.


Instead, calculate cloud pricing with an automatic service that bases the calculation on actual utilization.

An intelligent service will help visualize where you can tune the needs of your cloud capacity.


Most often, this will reveal an economic potential in transforming to cloud.

Also, don't underestimate the time perspective.

This is a mistake to avoid.

No, it’s not an easy fix.

It’s about taking your time to do a proper job


Many organizations underestimate the time perspective of a cloud transformation.

The desire to transform often rushes the process.


The consequence of rushing a transformation, ironically, is that the transformation is delayed. Or it breaks budgets. But usually both.

For IT projects in the Danish public sector:

  • 23% were realized in time and within budget
  • 23% broke the budget
  • 54% were delayed and broke the budget

This means that only roughly every second public IT project is going according to plan.

Here’s a simple Danish saying for you:

“Things take time.”

(That’s Piet Hein, for the young ones).


And of course, you are busy.

And of course, you need to fit your IT projects to the business perspectives.

And of course, you need to meet your goals.


But you should not rush this through.


Every unforeseen obstacle you meet is a cause for delay.


So the key is proper preparation.


Lucky for you, you live in a time of intelligent IT and efficient algorithms.

So make use of that!


Use an automatic solution to:

  • Do an automatic inventory of your digital estate. Get the full overview.
  • Get an accurate calculation of your cloud costs based on your actual utilization.


That enables you to plan your cloud transformation with the right prioritizations. And gives you a solid foundation for a successful implementation.


Proper preparation will save you time and money in the end.

It’s not an easy fix. It’s doing a proper job.

Our customers have acknowledged that their cloud migration project deserves proper preparation. From that (indisputably clever) realization, we help them succeed with their cloud transformation by giving them the data they need to make prioritized decisions about their cloud migration process.

For your cloud transformation to be successful, you need to know your existing digital estate, so you can plan your transformation with the right prioritizations.

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2100 Copenhagen Ø

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Microsoft Partner

Mugato Cloud Transformation

The stages of a cloud transformation – and what not to forget

The stages of a cloud transformation – and what not to forget

Why we do cloud transformation, not cloud migration.

Let’s jump into some definition-gymnastics.

We often tell our customers that we don’t do cloud migration. We do cloud transformation.

The difference?

Most of our customers are smart enough to spot the benefits of one over the other.

Cloud migration is when you move your digital estate from on-premise to the cloud.

When this migration is executed without any prior changes to the digital estate, it’s a lift-and-shift migration.

Some consider this a simple way of executing a cloud migration. In our modest opinion, it’s the opposite. It’s a certain way of complicating your IT.

And although there are several advanced services that support a well-executed and intelligent journey to the cloud (we humbly provide one of those), some organizations still choose to do this simple migration, where they move everything within their digital estate to the cloud. Without thinking twice. Sigh.


When organizations move the entire digital estate to the cloud in a headless lift-and-shift, they always bring a lot of stuff that they don’t need anymore. Shadow IT. Zombie servers.

You would be surprised how much unused IT is left lying around in the shadows of most IT infrastructures.

Shadow IT. Zombie servers. Scared yet? You should be. You can read more here.

We find that up to 5% of servers are no longer in use and can be decommissioned. No need to move that to the cloud. And pay a good load of money to store it there. Obviously.


Moving everything without prior assessment and optimization never pays off. You’re just pushing the problems in front of you. Your future self will slap your forehead.

Cloud transformation is cloud migration's more intelligent cousin. This is when you clean up and optimize your digital estate before you move it to the cloud.

All we say is this.

Want to move your IT to the cloud? Go for it. Just make sure to map out what you have first.

Do an automated mapping of your IT infrastructure. Know what you have.

Now, clean it up before you move anything.

Dust off those servers. Eye out what is no longer in use. Get rid of that.

Really, what we’ve added to the conventional method of cloud migration, is the option for you to improve your IT.

Most of the organizations we work with, end up optimizing their digital estate before they transform.

  • For some, that means reevaluating their resource utilization.
  • For others, it means rightsizing by shutting down excess servers.
  • For most, it means reducing costs on operations and maintenance.

The common denominator is that they improve now to ensure their future IT.

Since you are transforming your IT by moving to the cloud anyway, take this opportunity to improve it.

If you are moving to the cloud, don’t forget the before and after.

Full disclaimer: Mugato is not a tool for executing the cloud migration itself. Our main thing is giving you the full overview of your entire digital estate, help you optimize it to make sure it reaches the cloud in its best shape, and maintain the overview of your IT afterward.


As for the migration itself, Mugato will help monitor the process and visualize the ongoing cloud migration, so you can ensure that everything is going according to plan.

Importantly, once you’ve moved to the cloud, Mugato ensures continuous monitoring. So that your IT is managed based on facts about your digital estate. An always updated view of your IT.


We call this a continuous approach to cloud transformation. You can call it whatever you want. As long as you remember both the before and after of the actual migration, instead of just throwing all of your assets in the cloud.

Take your IT seriously:

  • Take the time and resources needed to properly prepare for the cloud migration
  • Monitor the progress of your cloud migration to ensure that it is going according to plan.
  • Once it’s all in the cloud, keep monitoring your new IT environment. This is vital for successful cloud adoption. Keep an eye out, stay on top, don’t lose that overview of your IT again.

The stages of a cloud transformation?

In Mugato, we work with these four stages of a cloud transformation process:

Discover, plan, improve, and monitor.


Make sure to start with a detailed inventory of your existing digital estate. Do an exhaustive, automated mapping of connections and interdependencies. Know exactly what you have, and how it is connected.


Next up, get intelligent algorithmic advice with precise recommendations for planning your cloud adoption journey. This enables you to make informed decisions about your cloud plan based on application interdependencies and system functionality. No guesswork. Clear calculations based on your own data.


Optimizing your digital estate before you move to the cloud. Get an unparalleled set of metrics to improve within a range of areas such as rightsizing, cost optimization, and risk mitigation. Depends on where your weak spots are. Mugato helps you identify them.


Follow the evolvement of your systems during the cloud transformation process. Maintain oversight of your IT platform after the transformation. Don’t ever lose the overview of your IT again.

Mugato Cloud Transformation

This is how we work in Mugato. Of course, there are other models and frameworks for the cloud migration process. No matter what you choose, we recommend that you go for a tool or service that is with you all the way. From preparation and planning to beyond the cloud migration itself.

We work with a cloud transformation process that is compatible with Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). We are Microsoft partners, and many of our partners and customers prefer Microsoft Azure as their cloud provider. That being said, Mugato is cloud-agnostic. We help you on your journey to the cloud regardless of which cloud provider best suits your needs.

If you want to learn more about Microsoft’s CAF, go explore here (English) or here (Danish).

For your cloud transformation to be successful, you need to know your existing digital estate, so you can plan your transformation with the right prioritizations.

In Mugato, we help you with just that.

Reach out for a talk about how we can support your cloud transformation.

get in touch


Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø

CVR 40567852
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner