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We want to help you get there. While the destination may be in sight, getting to the cloud (public or private) requires doing your homework and due diligence to make sure your IT portfolio has been modernized and is cloud-ready.

What do we mean by "cloud-ready?"

You’ve done your due diligence to avoid any obstacles that would slow down migration and you’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure applications moving to the cloud are structurally sound. This is also the perfect opportunity to identify applications to be sunset, merge applications that are redundant, and reduce budget and complexity.

There will be some challenges to solve and obstacles to overcome before cloud migration, but the benefits are well worth the growing pains. And if you migrate to the cloud in a well-planned fashion, your data should remain secure and your business shouldn’t experience any downtime as long as your in-house designed software is configured appropriately to run in a public cloud environment. According to a Forbes article, “With so much buzz about cloud-based software, it's easy to believe that most businesses are already operating in the cloud. Cloud adoption has indeed increased significantly -- in fact, the number of organizations using hybrid cloud solutions grew from 19% in 2016 to 57% in 2017. However, that still means a significant number of companies haven't yet joined the cloud.”

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IT Application Modernization & Cloud Migration

IT application modernization and cloud migration are the perfect opportunities to make your company succeed and thrive in the digital world. But before you race to move everything to the cloud, IT departments need to take some precautions to ensure safe and secure migration. Important steps include:

Visibility into in-house built applications

  • Gain clarity on in-house built applications so you know what to retire, merge, or reprioritize
  • Identify and assess the risks of applications that will become unavailable with cloud migration, the ability to transfer and maintain applications, and the complexity of software code

Cloud migration

  • Detect which applications are the easiest or best value candidates to migrate
  • Identify applications to be sunset and reduce budget and complexity
  • Merge applications that are redundant
  • Ensure the application portfolio moving to the cloud is structurally sound

IT risk assessment

  • Examine metrics including software resiliency, software elegance, and software agility that cover the risks of unavailability, complexity, and adaptability

However, the journey doesn’t stop at cloud migration. After you’ve taken advantage of moving applications to the cloud you’ve reduced infrastructure costs and made a huge improvement, but now the real value/challenge is to modernize your applications, make them intelligent. Intelligent applications integrate in the cloud, not just run on the cloud, and this is the future of cloud migration.

Check out our other blog post to determine the best cloud migration strategy with Enterprise Architecture.