Cloud Migration Done Right: Don’t do it ALL in one go

The Covid-19 pandemic has been bad news at the economic, personal, and social levels globally. But this cloud too has a silver lining! Especially for cloud adoption itself – or rather, digitization.

According to a McKinsey Global Survey of executives, digitization of internal operations and customer and supply-chain interactions have accelerated up by three to four years with the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios having speeded up by an astounding seven years. To meet the increasing demand in times of lockdown and social distancing, businesses had to adopt at least temporary digital solutions to cope and maximize revenues.

This has definitely had an impact on the DNA of the organizations as many of these changes are expected to be more long-lasting with a corresponding increase in funding for digital initiatives as well. Cloud is at the forefront of all digital initiatives and all digitization efforts begin with the migration of at least a part of the data and apps to the cloud.

And this trend is expected to continue. According to an IDC forecast, nearly 90% of businesses globally are expected to opt for hybrid, private or multiple public cloud environments to meet their growing infrastructure needs by 2022 to be agile and scale up quickly to meet the increasing demands.

Have a Long-Term Strategy for Your Cloud Migration

While migrating to the cloud sooner or later is inevitable, the cloud is not just a technology but should be part of a digitization strategy. In the pandemic situation, most businesses adopted the cloud as a reaction and response to the changing environment rather than a proactive and deliberate approach.

Like all transformations, migration to the cloud too needs plans, goals, processes and so on. Businesses need to have a clear understanding of why they want to migrate, the process they should follow, the timing, which parts of their business, where to locate their cloud server and so on before making the irretrievable investment. Creating a long-term strategy will enable businesses to derive the best value from these investments.

To thrive in this post-pandemic world and to continue on their transformation journey, businesses need to now pause and evaluate the effectiveness of their current approach. What is driving the migration to the cloud?

  • Is it because of the pressure to meet consumer needs that is driving you to use your digital budget on the cloud?
  • Is it to provide data analytics to boost sales?
  • Are you trying to rationalize and reorganize the data architecture?
  • Is it driven by governance needs to strengthen compliance protocols and protect the brand reputation?
  • Is it to support expansion into new markets or release new products or service lines?

A Holistic Approach Customized to Your Needs

Identifying the specific objective will influence the course of the path you choose for the migration. It will require collaboration and agreement across the organization to ensure you stay on the path and achieve the goals. To develop an enterprise-wide strategy:

  • Gather needs and goals from across the business and developing a balanced approach
  • Identify what can be moved to the cloud
  • Prioritize migration

More than the actual migration, what is more difficult is to decide on the right destination, the right path, and routing the right map for the migration to the cloud. To some extent, this will depend on the maturity of your current cloud deployment.

Over time, you may have to change your strategic decisions based on the changing needs of the organizations and the different maturity levels at the various functions. Cloud’s flexibility and scalability facilitate data management with ease but getting it right initially is crucial to future-proofing your business and protect your investment.

Cloud Migration (along with data migration) with Indium Software

Indium Software, which delivers data-driven solutions for businesses of all sizes across industries, offers cloud migration services that are designed from the ground-up for your context. We design bespoke solutions based on the unique needs of our customers leveraging our proven cloud migration expertise.

Specifically, we help identify all the cloud migration options available to you (including in most cases a hybrid cloud environment), the right infrastructure options for your context, your enterprises’ data and analytics needs, and overall modernization roadmap.

Indium Software’s team of data and cloud experts bring to the fore proven expertise and experience to understand our customers’ need to scale, modernize and be cloud-native. We have a dedicated managed cloud solutions team to enable scheduled scaling, auto-scaling, containerization, or predictive scaling for your migration.

Not just support and deployment of private, public, or hybrid cloud, but Indium’s team of cross-domain experts can choose the right kind of ownership, access, and size as well as empower our customers with complete control over their cloud infrastructure.

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Our team also takes a structured approach to optimize security, quality, and speed based on best practices to enable data migration. This enables:

  • Driving analytics by generating data sets profiles.
  • Establishing data migration processes using templates and guides.
  • Identifying and implementing data inadequacy detection rules.
  • Establishing data validation processes.
  • Driving specification of requirements on the identification of legacy sources for data migration.
  • Developing, reviewing, and securing approvals for mapping and transformations.
  • Reducing data migration costs and ensuring on-time delivery.

If you would like to embark on your cloud migration journey, contact us now: