Before starting a cloud transformation, organizations want to make sure that this initiative will bring tangible benefits. Therefore, the early step of a cloud transformation project is to analyze the current situation (what does my IT look like now?) and define what it could look like once in the cloud.
Building a clear business case is key to a successful cloud migration, however it’s not an easy task! It takes a detailed analysis of a lot of parameters, including cost comparison, feature parity analysis, and sometimes, carbon footprint estimates. A lot of teams struggle to gather and analyze all this information.
Last year, Txture introduced a new product, the Business Case Builder, to support organizations in the definition of their migration business case, and help them succeed in the first step of their cloud journey.
The four key benefits of the Business Case Builder are:
In this article, we tell you more about how the Business Case Builder works, and how you can use it together with Txture’s Application Transformation Cockpit to maximize the value of your cloud transformation.
The Txture Business Case Builder helps you quickly calculate and compare cloud replacement options for your current IT landscape to build your business case. In contrast to Txture Cloud Transformation, which supports detailed cloud assessments and cloud solutioning for large sets of applications, the Business Case Builder enables you to get a precise cost forecast for any desired set of IT assets or your whole IT infrastructure inventory and existing cloud estates running on AWS, GCP or Azure.
Our latest improvements now even support large organizations that may have different cloud approaches across their business units.The Business Case Builder empowers you to quickly compare migration scenarios and build a strong business case (example with Google Cloud).
Cloud providers like AWS use the Business Case Builder module to help their clients understand future consumption plans, especially when moving from one cloud provider to another.
System Integrators use the Business Case Builder to help their clients make the right migration decisions by comparing migration scenarios to different providers from a financial, technical, and ESG perspective.
Large organizations use the Business Case Builder to fully understand their migration options, save costs, and reach their ESG goals.
First, you start by importing the data of your existing on-prem or cloud infrastructure. The Business Case Builder platform has a great flexibility when it comes to infrastructure data collection. You can connect to your CMDBs, EAM tools, or simply upload data via CSV or Excel files.
If you are already at a cloud provider and your project is about moving to another cloud vendor, you can also ingest information about your current cloud estate. All you need to do is to connect the Business Case Builder to your cloud vendor’s API.
Then, you create your first potential cloud migration scenario by defining a set of cloud preferences. These could be based on whether or not license costs should be included in the cost forecast, or whether a particular part of the infrastructure could potentially be moved to an alternative cloud region or provider.
The preferences section is the place where you can reflect your cloud strategy and your requirements (for instance: carbon footprint goals, regulatory requirements, etc.).Define your preferences and requirements for cloud migration in the preferences section.
Based on your settings, Txture looks for the closest match at your targeted cloud provider for each individual infrastructure component. The main result is a detailed Bill of Materials with cloud product instance names, costs, and carbon footprint estimates. Each case also aggregates the data to see the total estimated cost or split by product category, such as Compute, Database and Storage.
Compare your various cloud replacement alternatives directly with our pre-built reports, or create custom reports and dashboards to help you evaluate which option to choose.Insights into the costs of each individual item in your cloud scenarios.
The Business Case Builder is your go-to solution if you are in a very early stage of your cloud project and need to evaluate several migration options. At this stage, you typically only have lists of infrastructure components regarding the application or no time to invest in detailed application data collection to consider dependencies and other details. This means that you use the Business Case Builder when you only have infrastructure data available and want to make fast directional decisions.
Once the overall cloud strategy is set and you are ready to start collecting data on all applications, their dependencies, and other metrics, Txture’s Application Transformation Cockpit comes into play. Advanced features, such as the built-in survey tool for data collection, detailed architecture modeling, or migration tracking capabilities, help you move from your business case to your final migration plan and support efficient team hand-overs along the way.
If you want to learn more about the Business Case Builder or have a first demo, don't hestitate to reach out to us: