What does legendary Japanese industrial engineer and manufacturing expert Shigeo Shingo have to do with cloud migration?
During a session this week at the Cisco Live 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Eric James, cloud client executive with CDW, noted that Shingo is widely credited with revolutionizing Toyota’s production process and inventing the concept of Poka-yoke.
Poka-yoke refers to any mechanism in a manufacturing process that helps an equipment operator avoid mistakes. It was created as a way to limit product defects due to inadvertent human error. A sign that reads, “If you hit this sign, you will hit that bridge” — an almost fool-proof method to ensure that trucks do not hit the bridge — is a real-world example of Poka-yoke today.
The concept of Poka-yoke is useful when thinking about moving to the cloud, which can be complicated. According to CDW’s Cloud 401 Survey Report, 40 percent of businesses that have migrated to the cloud have decided to reverse course (or wish they could). Shifting back to on-premises infrastructure after a cloud migration is often costly, James noted. As with Poka-yoke, if businesses could limit the common missteps IT professionals make during cloud migrations, they might lower the number of cloud U-turns they take.
James described the six common mistakes businesses make when starting a cloud migration:
According to the CDW 401 Cloud Survey, 59 percent of responders would make more use of the cloud, but the complexity of migration and integration is holding them back. Additionally, organizations struggle to make accurate financial forecasts, as 53 percent say their models are off by more than 10 percent.
That’s where cloud planning services come into play, James said: “They help determine the optimal IT delivery model.” Some examples of cloud planning include consulting and diagnostic services, combining fixed-services offerings and customized, flexible engagements.
Businesses need to be optimized throughout the entire cloud migration process, James said.
In the planning stage, businesses should build financial modeling across traditional and cloud solutions and have a blueprint for delivery of IT services, he said. During the migration itself, businesses must integrate security policies and practices, and build and test for failure.
“Once the project is complete, optimize your management with proactive monitoring, remediation and patching, and by conducting ongoing architecture reviews,” he said.
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