7 Steps for Successful Cloud Migration Planning

In Cloud Migration, planning is everything

Improve performance, reduce capital expenses, and enhance security.

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How and Why Cloud Migration Is Important

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 85% of enterprises will have a cloud-first strategy. Drivers are IT costs, flexibility, and efficiency.

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It can be difficult to identify which applications could be migration candidates

These 7 steps are our recommendations to help plan and prioritize resources more effectively. 

7 steps for successful strategic planning

Step 1: Define Your Scope

Decide what is important, and establish clear metrics on effort, change impact, and time to value.

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Step 2: Make Sure You Have the Right Data

Build an application inventory by gathering high quality data and specifying governance rules.

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Step 3: Evaluate Your Application Portfolio

Determine the strategic rating of your applications by using business and technical measures to determine the value an application provides.


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Step 4: Consider How You Are Going to Migrate

Take a look at your migration options, and ensure team alignment by involving key stakeholders like the CIO or CTO.

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Step 5: Prioritize Your Migration Candidates

Narrow down your list of contenders and validate the recommended migration strategy.

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Step 6: Conduct an Impact Assessment

See which action would work best by taking a closer look at the opportunities and assessing all aspects of the application to validate its eligibility.

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Step 7: Present a Business Case and Execute

It's time to migrate and repeat. Cloud Migration is a continuous process. Execute once the business case has stakeholder buy-in.

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Offset Common Challenges

Cloud migration is for the benefit of the whole organization. A thorough plan ensures that post-migration, the organization's applications are hosted to deliver a responsive, accessible, safe, and secure platform for customers to engage with.

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