As organizations of all stripes continue their migration to the cloud, they are coming face to face with sometimes perplexing cost issues, forcing them to think hard about how best to optimize workloads, what to migrate, and who exactly is responsible for what.\n\nIt\u2019s an issue that\u2019s coming to the fore with the steady migration to the cloud. A 2022 survey of 850 IT leaders by Foundry found more than two-thirds were accelerating their cloud migration and nearly three-quarters (72%) were defaulting to cloud-based services for upgrades or new IT purchases.\n\nAgainst this backdrop, NTT sponsored a #CIOTechTalk Twitter chat aimed at helping IT professionals optimize cost savings for cloud migrations. Host Isaac Sacolick (@nyike) was joined by a bevy of consultants and practitioners who had no shortage of advice on the topic.\n\nOut of the gate, participants were asked what kinds of hidden costs organizations encounter when moving to the public cloud. The answers reflected the need for companies to properly prepare for cloud migrations.\n\nSacolick pointed out such issues are not exactly unique to the cloud.\n\nAsked about the main challenges in migrating premises-based workloads to the cloud, issues centered around planning, strategy and not moving too fast.\n\nOne key to avoiding unexpected costs is to ask questions of your prospective cloud provider \u2013 lots of questions. Among those chat participants suggested:\n\nParticipants agreed, however, that when done right, a cloud migration can indeed help organizations save money in numerous ways.\n\nDaniel Seiter pointed out that, with proper planning, the cloud can not only reduce costs, but make them more predictable even as a business grows:\n\nThe need for planning was a recurring theme throughout the chat, including in answering the last question, about tips for creating an effective enterprise cloud strategy for a seamless migration.\n\nIn many respects, the cloud is no different from any other IT project or technology. You need to \u201cidentify benefits and risks,\u201d Seiter said. \u201cBusiness stakeholders must determine the motivation behind their wanting to move to the cloud.\u201d \n\nOnce you do that, he has two more pieces of advice:\n\nBen Rothke took a lighthearted tone to make a serious point that cloud migrations require proper planning:\n\nRothke also advised customers to understanding their roles and responsibilities as well as service providers do.\n\nThe parting word goes to Wayne Anderson, for his two-part tweet with this advice:\n\nCheck out the full chat discussion at #CIOTechTalk. To learn more about effective cloud migration strategies, visit global.ntt.