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How to Maximize the True Value of Cloud Migration

As enterprise infrastructure grows and evolves, it brings new opportunities and challenges for leaders. To cope with the demand, business leaders need to leverage cloud migration that is forward-looking. 

Over the last few years, usage of cloud migration has exploded as several enterprise applications are migrating to public cloud as companies are becoming cloud native. To ensure a successful outcome, it is crucial to have a dynamic approach to cloud migration strategy.

“I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”

- Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO and Chairman, Apple Inc.

Public cloud is an impressive alternative to existing data centers. It offers effective capabilities to help companies keep up with the pace. With robust computing power, greater agility, and scalability - all in an affordable cost - the advantages of cloud are too good to ignore.

Moving to cloud isn't an easy process. It has to be approached in a holistic way. Companies that don't spend time thinking in broader terms risk missing out the incredible benefits of cloud.

What is Cloud Migration?

In simple terms, Cloud Migration is the way of moving digital assets such as data, IT resources, or applications into a cloud infrastructure. Though migration refers to moving assets from on-premises to cloud, it can also mean to shifting from one cloud to another cloud.

Without a good cloud migration strategy, it will be difficult to achieve the greater results that can truly support the future state of your business. To avoid such mishaps, companies need to evaluate the key factors below -

Business Priorities

Ask questions from a business perspective like, what are the main drivers that is propelling the move to cloud and cloud migration strategy? In some cases, the priorities may consist of modernization, faster launches, and global expansion while agility and capacity can be more important for others. Evaluating these will help in deciding the architectural aspects that goes into virtual data center design.

Security

Currently, what security solutions, processes, and tools are in place? Are they right for cloud? Check what do they need to reduce risks and improve the overall threat visibility.

Compliance

A lot of companies have a certain regulatory requirement to meet, for example - the Health Insurance Portability, General Data Protection, and Payment Card Industry. The cloud partner must help in supporting these controls for industry-specific obligations.

Functional Needs

The cloud environment will depend on how the company and IT is currently operating. Some of the important measures would be - virtual private network requirements, locations, network performance, remote workers, and speed.

Service Management and Governance

Does the company have dynamic processes catering to change management, procedural controls, testing, approvals, and cost management, along with a clear end-to-end approach? Do they have service-level agreements (SLAs) at place? Can they manage them feasibly? Also, who handles the cloud subscriptions and who has access to certain resources?

A Roadmap for Cloud Migration Strategy

Here's how successful companies approach cloud migration strategy to not miss out on its full efficiency -

What Are The Key Stages?

Align objectives

The first step here is to develop a cloud migration strategy value proposition for your business and IT. Below are the dimensions to include -

  • Create an understanding around distinct use cases for cloud adoption

  • Specify the formal cloud strategy aligned to IT goals

  • Redefine the key steps to accomplish the goals while thinking about the cloud financial management

  • Develop decision principles for migration informed by application and team readiness, business priorities, application modernization strategy and partner capabilities

  • Know the data and metrics for usage

Develop plan of action

The second step is to choose the right vendors and negotiate contracts effectively. Below are the steps to be taken -

  • Create cloud competencies across enterprise

  • Evaluate several service providers (AWS, Google, Microsoft, etc.)

  • Have protection against any cloud-specific risk

  • Recognize the investments in networking, security, and identity architectures, and tools

Prepare for execution

The third step is to implement and optimize the workload placement effectively. Below are the steps to be taken -

  • Recognize and categorize workloads for migration

  • Set the cloud management workflow

  • Embrace the best practices for execution and practice workload placement evaluation

Establish governance and mitigate risk

The fourth step is to reduce the workflow disruptions and create dynamic processes. Below are the steps to be taken -

  • Classify and categorize the sensitive data discovery, monitoring and analytics

  • Develop security control plane with third-party tools

  • Create a life cycle approach to cloud governance

  • Implement embedded governance adherence feedback directly into workflows

Optimize and scale

The fifth step is to assess and evolve the cloud footprint. Below are the steps to be taken -

  • Re-examine the investments to advance current cloud strategies and execution

  • Have shared objectives for cross-functional teams

  • Replicate to optimize and evolve cloud footprint

Client Success Story: Cloud Migration

The XPO Logistics wanted to migrate their data from on-premises architecture to a cloud architecture. They also needed guidance in addressing the new client growth initiatives. By leveraging Icreon's capabilities, XPO was able to modularize their business, and act as a logistics-as-a-service company with hybrid cloud adoption.

Capture the Full Value from Cloud Migration Initiatives

To receive full benefits of cloud migration, companies need much more than technology. It needs companies to embrace new ways of working, creating new skills, and shifting to better operating models.

Partnering for Success

Maximize the skillset and expertise of the partners to expand your capabilities. Cloud-based services is a way for brands looking for the right skills while keeping it cost effective.

Business Value Focus

Create an effective and optimized cloud strategy based on solid business cases to recognize the revenue and cost-effective opportunities. This includes aligning business goals and putting the leadership on the same page.

Workforce and Culture Change Management

Initiate and launch talent readiness programs. Implement new operating models to transform culture. This will result in redefining what work needs to be done to meet rapidly changing needs.

Data and AI

Unleash the potential of the industry- and function-specific data insights. Get to know about the intelligence in legacy systems with the powerful cloud data models.

Cloud Migration Can Enable Success

As companies get to know more about the many possibilities with cloud - including its ability to bring innovation, allow organizations to compete effectively, and deliver instant scalability with endless flexibility, are likely to create a compelling case for adoption.

Companies that take a holistic and strategic approach to migration will end up capturing more of these benefits while minimizing costs, risks, downtime, and challenges.

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