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Google VP And Cloud Migration Guru: 5 Best Tips For A Successful Transformation

Mark Haranas

With Google Cloud’s launch of its new Rapid Migration Program, cloud migration expert Stephen Orban breaks down the five best practices customers need to achieve a successful cloud migration.

As a former technology leader for the likes of Bloomberg, Dow Jones and Amazon Web Services, Stephen Orban has overseen the successful implementation of countless large cloud migrations over the years.

“I was the CIO at Dow Jones when we went from 56 data centers down to six, reallocated about $100 million in cost to new product development, and migrated 75 percent of our infrastructure to the cloud in the process,” Orban, vice president of migrations for Google Cloud, told CRN. “There are many things I’ve learned through my experiences doing this.”

Orban breaks down the five best practices for a cloud migration that all enterprise companies should know about.

“Of course there’s more than five best practices to a cloud migration, but these five that I hone in on—you really need to get these right for a migration within a large enterprise to be super successful,” said Orban, who joined Google Cloud in September after nearly eight years at AWS.

[Related: Google Launches ‘Biggest’ Cloud Migration Program Ever: 6 Key Things To Know]

Google Cloud’s New Migration Program

Orban spoke to CRN on the eve of Google launching its largest cloud migration program in the cloud computing company’s history.

Google Cloud unveiled its new Rapid Migration Program (RaMP) this week that combines all of the company’s products, programs and engagement models into a unified program looking to accelerate cloud migrations 10 times faster.

“We’re going to bring everything into one motion with RaMP, which is our biggest investment and focus area for accelerating cloud migrations to date,” said Orban. “We’re working very closely with partners to align our best practices with their approach, with a goal of 10Xing how quickly and reliably our customers are able to migrate so they can see faster value of moving to the cloud and fund more of those new initiatives.”

From executive alignment and training to governance and the formation of ‘cloud of excellence’ teams, Google Cloud’s Orban breaks down the five most important tips for customers and partners hoping to achieve a successful cloud migration.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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