Organizations considering an application migration to cloud services are opening up a world of opportunity. Although the concept is nothing new, it has certainly picked up steam in recent years, to the point where most companies have at least some idea that it’s what they want, though working out the logistics of the shift is still a challenge, primarily because most organizations only go through this shift once.
Modernization: Although modernization is actually a step of the process, it can be considered a benefit as well. During this stage, the health of individual apps is assessed, and it’s determined whether legacy apps can continue to function or if they can be made to work better. The updates solve many performance-related issues.
Agility: With infrastructure maintenance being handled by a third-party, IT teams are freed up for development or to help the organization reach its goals. This is actually a crucial step in helping IT and the business align its goals, and giving IT a chance to support real business needs.
Reliability: Third-party providers that specialize in creating virtual environments tend to have amazing amounts of up-time. They’re fully staffed and always on, meaning the organization gets better coverage too.
Profit: With the added agility and teams working together, most companies see greater profits. Having less downtime to interfere with business operations also boosts profits.
Cost: The reduced overhead associated with not having to deal with the infrastructure adds up to serious cost savings. Companies are also able to scale up or scale down easily, depending on their needs at that moment, so they’re only paying for the services they need, just as they would with a utility company.
Because most companies only set up a roadmap and deploy a big plan like this once, they don’t have the experts on hand to ensure that it goes smoothly or is done in the most cost-effective way. This is where choosing a partner comes in. The right partner has several traits.
Knowledgeable/ Experienced: There are many different types of virtual environments available. A good partner will have worked with several of the leading options in the past.
Unbiased: Some companies only specialize in one brand or type of virtual environment. While it may sound like they’re a good choice due to the specificity of their experience, they’re always going to lean to what they know best, even if it isn’t the best one for the organization.
Business Focused: Overseeing a big task like an application migration to cloud services is an all-hands-on-deck affair. Execs and the IT department will need to be on board and have their goals aligned. A good partner understands this and will learn all they can about the business, its goals, and its needs, in order to make sure the transition is successful.
Although the actual move is obviously a major part of the transition, there is a lot that happens before and after it that determines its success.
The planning stage is arguably the most critical point. This is when the apps are looked at to determine if modernization is necessary and how to best go about it if it is. The right environment for the needs of the apps and organization is also determined. With these things, as well as the business goals in mind, a comprehensive map is created that includes each step and when it needs to occur.
Before anything is moved, individual apps are touched up to prepare them. Then, one by one, they are transferred to their new environment and tested before being rolled out to the masses. This give the team time to catch and correct issues before they can become tangled messes that take longer to sort out.
After the application migration to cloud services is complete, extended monitoring must occur. Naturally, some of this will be to ensure they’re all running well and that no problems are building, but also various metrics to measure the success of the project should be checked.