In every cloud transformation project, an essential first step is to get a thorough understanding of the current application landscape. But when the existing IT infrastructure is vast, and information is scattered among different units and data formats, this process can become excessively time consuming.
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Moving to the cloud can be highly beneficial for an organization, in terms of performance, agility, and, in some cases, cost efficiency. Nonetheless, in order to actually experience those benefits, good migration decisions must be made. This is why, before deciding on the most appropriate migration strategy for you or your client, you need a clear understanding of each existing application. For instance: what value does the application bring to the organization? What are its underlying technical components and how do they interact with each other? How confidential is the application’s data?
Once you have a thorough understanding of the application’s architecture and its benefits for the whole organization, you can make relevant decisions on how to move this application to the cloud.
The quality and completeness of data collection is thus critical for the success of your cloud transformation project.
The main topics you should investigate regarding your applications include (but are not limited to):
A substantial part of the data collection will consist of compiling data about the application’s technical properties and the way the application is deployed. Here are a few examples of what information you should look for:
Determining the current state of the application is also important to plan your migration efforts. An obvious example would be: if you find out that the application is not relevant anymore and will be phased out in a few months, there is no need to migrate it.
If you understand the value of an application for the organization, you will be able to choose the right cloud architecture for that application. An architecture that will allow the application, once in the cloud, to keep its value or even to be more efficient. It will also help you define whether this application should be moved to the cloud in priority. You should especially identify:
You also need to consider which processes might be affected when migrating the application:
Security is a recurring concern for businesses when considering a cloud transformation. The final cloud architecture should comply with all relevant security and regulatory requirements. Thus, it is necessary to identify, for each application:
The challenge In some organizations, data about the application landscape is organized in a very structured way. But in many cases, the data you need will be scattered among many different sources and formats, leading to a time-consuming data collection process. And sometimes, data will be missing outright.
The challenge Even when most of the important information is collected, you might have trouble compiling the data you have received from the different sources and stakeholders. The following issues can arise:
The challenge Suffice it to say: cloud transformations are long term initiatives, which means that the information about your applications will evolve over the course of your project. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that data will stay accurate over time. Making your decisions based on obsolete data will lead to bad migration strategies.
The Txture platform helps you plan your journey to the cloud, from the cloud readiness assessment of your applications to the definition of your target architecture and the migration roadmap.
As a first step, Txture helps you accelerate data collection to assess your client’s existing IT landscape. As the information you need will be available in a variety of formats, Txture offers you several options to collect data more efficiently:
All collected data is gathered in Txture’s central repository, where you can directly visualize the whole IT landscape. This helps you combine all the important information into one single source of truth, leading to more informed migration decisions and higher performance during your transformation project.
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