Enterprises of all sizes are grappling with ways to make their data more secure and efficient to use. For many, this means employing cloud migration and computing.
According to business consulting company, Accenture “Companies wishing to move on from outdated and increasingly inefficient legacy infrastructures, such as aging servers or potentially unreliable firewall appliances, or to abandon hardware or software solutions that are no longer operating at optimum capacity, are now turning to the cloud to experience the benefits of cloud computing. This is why so many organizations are, at the very least, making a partial migration to the cloud.”
Digital transformation is critical to cloud migration and using its agile software development approach, Asinpa is skilled at helping companies make this journey.
If your enterprise is considering taking your data to the cloud, you need the “Playbook” from Asinpa to help you clarify the benefits and challenges of this process.
Asinpa’s Approach to Cloud Migration
As the founder and CEO of Asinpa, Gustavo (Tavo) Vasconcelos has helped many companies plan and execute a migration of data to the cloud. He explains the process.
“From a project perspective, there would be a ‘Discovery/Assessment’ process to understand the current state – the data as well as the infrastructure. The goal of this exercise is to identify what needs to move as well as the best destination based on the technology and infrastructure.
“The results would be documented, and a plan/blueprint generated, including timelines, resource allocation, and any challenges and risks identified.
“Next, the true execution of the migration takes place. We would want to make sure that we break the migration into as many small cycles as possible, to allow for proper data ‘cleansing,’ process optimization, and testing. Deployment and cutover will bring this process to a ‘wrap.’
“Last but not least, is the ongoing management/maintenance to ensure its ongoing availability, security, and performance.”
Why Companies Using Cloud Migration
Outdated infrastructure is only part of the reason companies decide to invest in cloud migration Tavo explains.
“There are several reasons,” he said. “One is cost savings. Cloud services are typically more cost-effective, especially with ‘pay-as-you-go/grow’ pricing models. These allow companies to pay only for the resources they use, versus having to pay for the entire server resulting in wasted overcapacity.
“Scalability and flexibility are also part of the reason for cloud migration. Companies have the option to scale as needed, still using only the compute resources that fit their needs. It can scale up for a period and then scale back when demand goes down.
“Another important advantage is data security and reliability/redundancy: Cloud providers/services typically have advanced security measures that feature a layer of protection ‘out of the box’ that an enterprise would otherwise have to configure on its own for its on-premises infrastructure. They also provide a very easy way to build redundancy for business continuity and disaster recovery.”
Challenges Companies Face with Digital Migration to the Cloud
The decision to outsource cloud migration, rather than using in-house resources, is always a question.
“Technical expertise is the primary reason companies outsource this process,” Tavo said, “Typically, companies opt to bring in external help to get the process/initiative started. While that is happening, they want to invest in their internal team to get up to speed on cloud infrastructure and management, especially cost management for cloud services.
“Another challenge involves the ability to manage any business disruptions as new changes are introduced. Qualified consultants, trained in this area, can help minimize this problem.
“Finally, data governance and security could be a challenge for those companies that work in industries with strict regulatory compliance.”
Agile Development Enhances This Process
Asinpa has a well-earned reputation for its expertise and using the approach for digital migration to the cloud is no exception.
“Of course, we are a big ‘agile’ proponent,” Tavo concludes. “So, we will execute the process following an agile framework and ensuring that the client gets measurable results while the change management process covers the introduction of the new way of doing business.”
The team at Asinpa has developed a free guide for companies considering digital migration to the cloud. To get your copy of the “Digital Transformation Playbook,” which defines digital transformation and cloud migration and how it can change the game for your business, just click here.