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.

A successful cloud migration requires a firm strategy that must begin with service discovery and migration planning. 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 migration                                     Figure 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 approach based on the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework. 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.

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 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 AWS 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, including over 30 AWS professionals
  • Experience in securely and cost effectively migrating complex or critical workloads to the cloud
  • A dedicated project management function to guide your project
  • Experience of working with multiple vendors and suppliers

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