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Plan Your Data Exit Strategy Before You Sign a SaaS Contract

Published: 02 March 2016

ID: G00291795

Analyst(s): Gavin Tay, Jo Liversidge , Alan Dayley


Excited by the advantages of the cloud, many organizations make the move to SaaS only to later find that it's nearly impossible to get their data from their providers' service. We outline best practices for negotiating SaaS contracts to include data recovery as part of an exit strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Test the Data Movement, Into and Out of the Cloud, as You Are Doing the Proof of Concept
  • Negotiate Cloud Contracts to Allow for Easy Data Extraction
  • Evaluate Your Extraction Situation If Your Enterprise Is Already in a Cloud Contract
  • Establish Migration Skills, and Develop an Internal Competency on Data Availability

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