A major wave of transition to the Cloud is currently underway, the benefits of offering Cloud solutions having been validated over the past few years.

The first wave of ISV Cloud transitions was uneven in results with some notorious failures and other expensive lessons learned, partly due to the immaturity of platform offerings, partly due to a general lack of appreciation for the complexity of the transition from a business point of view. Today’s Cloud platforms are far superior in enabling ISV Cloud transitions and their ongoing operations. Nevertheless, those significant business challenges do remain for pure play startups as well as established on-premises ISVs transitioning, primarily in these seven areas:

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