A successful cloud migration requires a firm strategy that must begin with service discovery and migration planning. Many of the companies we are working with are telling us that one of their biggest challenges in the context of cloud migration is the complexity of the task. Mass-migration can indeed be an intimidating prospect for many organisations and the standard approach to any migration (understanding the benefit, assessing the gaps, planning and migration) can start to look like a big obstacle when the scope of change is so huge.

However, a mass migration programme could help you move to the cloud and start realising the benefits more quickly. According to Forrester, in 2018 CEOs and CIOs must show the political will to orchestrate digital transformation at scale in order to stay competitive in the marketplace. A programmatic migration approach could reduce the risk of moving individual workloads to the cloud by allowing to strategically plan and execute digital transformation, using a robust set of tools to automate and accelerate the cloud strategy.

‘By 2020, 60% of all enterprises will have fully articulated an organisation-wide digital transformation platform strategy and will be in the process of implementing that strategy as the new IT Core for competing in the digital economy’ – IDC FutureScape.

The Four-Phase Migration Programme

A successful cloud migration requires a firm strategy that must begin with service discovery and migration planning. KCOM uses a four-phase migration programme that covers Discovery, Assessment and Planning through to Migration and Optimisation. We look first at applications that are either critical or strategic and then select the migration approach that bests suits the workload and desired business outcome. Find out more about the KCOM Migration Programme here.

Portfolio assessment is critical to gain understanding of the complexity and level of business impact of your applications and influences your migration strategy. The information collected lets us analyse, prioritise and categorise each application and select the right application strategy.

Regardless of the desired business outcome or compelling event that triggered the migration, it’s important to consider the six R’s and form a migration strategy for each workload; Retire, Retain, Re-host, Re-platform, Re-factor or Repurchase as the cost, time it takes and the skills required for each can vary considerably as per figure 1.

Six Rs of cloud migrationFigure 1: Six Rs of cloud migration

The biggest cloud benefits may come from refactoring, but there may be other factors at play such as particular application requirements, current business needs or compliance considerations. KCOM’s heritage as a systems integrator and professional services organisation means we have worked through most of the different scenarios with a variety of customers. We can use this experience to help you on your cloud adoption journey, with a focused migration approach.

Preparing for mass migration

According to TechMarket View, organisations are increasingly realising that they often don’t have the in-house capabilities to instigate digital transformation at scale, and the shift to digital is encouraging them to reach to out to external partners for support throughout the migration journey.

Our team of specialists works closely with your business to develop a phased approach to rationalise all of the complexity with a package of developed processes, design standards and carefully selected tools, which build and support a “migration factory” within the organisation itself.

As your migration capability grows, you need to develop your cloud operating model. We can help with this by applying our wealth of experience in managing critical and complex workloads and are even helping to build a cloud operations centre for many of our customers. We have put together some tips for aligning the business behind the cloud transformation in this guide.

We can provide services to meet the design, delivery and support requirements both during migration and in-life and you can be assured that everything we do is architected, designed and built to the highest cloud security standards. We are also well placed to help our customers understand Cloud Economics and TCO, building the business case for migration.

Benefits of engaging KCOM:

  • Access to dedicated teams of experts, specialising in security, data, operations, software development, delivery and testing
  • We team up with hyper-scale partners such as Microsoft and Amazon, which means you get to benefit from our joint experience, expertise, training and methodologies
  • Experience in securely and cost effectively migrating complex or critical workloads to the cloud
  • A dedicated project management function to guide your project
  • We have built up our deep service management expertise over decades, with broad, efficient and scalable cloud capabilities that will give you peace of mind during and after your migration, and enable you to maximise the cloud’s capabilities and innovation

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