There are typically risks associated with the transition from an older technology to a newer product or service, which is why many companies undertaking a cloud computing solution should take the appropriate measures to reduce their susceptibility to negative side effects stemming from the switch, Rick Blaisdell writes on Cloud Weaks' website.

The first move before migrating to cloud computing is to analyze and evaluate business needs, he writes. Blaisdell said companies should look at what applications they would need to move, how much money they want to save and how much extra work its IT staff can handle.

"Assessing these basic facts will help you prepare your migration as well as helping you evaluate and negotiate with your cloud provider," Blaisdell writes. He said after the initial look, companies should evaluate what the cloud vendor is offering, perform a test to see how well it integrates into the business and if nothing else, have an alternate plan for a different service.

David Lnthicum of InfoWorld writes that companies need to lay down data from the source system into a file one day, then transfer that data over to the cloud provider's enterprise server and load the data into the target database. He writes that backing up information is important just in case something goes wrong.