Planning for success: Best practices in cloud migration strategy

Migrating applications to the cloud has become a strategic imperative for businesses seeking to modernise their IT landscape, enhance agility, and drive innovation. However, the journey to the cloud is accompanied by multiple challenges, and effective planning is essential for success.

Did you know? According to Cloud Security Alliance, only 26% of organizations successfully completed data migration within their anticipated time frame.


In this blog post, we’ll explore the best practices in cloud migration strategy to help businesses navigate the complexities of the migration process and achieve their objectives with confidence.


Best Practices for a successful migration of applications to the cloud

1. Assessing the current state is crucial before embarking on any migration.

Gather detailed information about:
🗹 application dependencies;
🗹 performance metrics;
🗹 application usage patterns;
🗹 security vulnerabilities.


📌 Through the analysis of your application usage patterns, you can:
– determine your application migration strategy;
– identify apps that can be retired due to underutilisation.

This not only saves resources but also streamlines the management of these applications.


2. Elaborate a comprehensive cloud migration strategy.

Key considerations in crafting such a strategy include:
🗹 defining clear migration objectives based on the current state;
🗹 developing a detailed migration plan, bearing in mind which apps should take priority in the migration process;
🗹 proactively managing risks and challenges.

You’ll be ready for whatever lies ahead!


3. Engage stakeholders early and often… Collaboration and communication are key to successful cloud migration.

Engage stakeholders from across your organisation, including business leaders, IT teams, and end users:
🗹 do it early in the planning process to ensure alignment of goals and expectations;
🗹 keep stakeholders informed and involved throughout the migration journey to foster buy-in and support.


4. Monitor, measure, and optimise.

Continuous monitoring and optimisation are essential for maximising the value of your cloud investment.
🗹 Implement robust monitoring tools and processes to track your applications in real-time;
🗹 Use this data to identify opportunities for optimisation, such as rightsizing resources, implementing cost-saving measures, and improving application performance.

As businesses navigate the complexities of cloud migration, having the right tools at their disposal can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and successful transition. Tools like AppScan offer invaluable support by providing comprehensive insights into an organisation’s application landscape.
With its non-disruptive implementation, AppScan streamlines the assessment process of your current application landscape, empowering organisations to accelerate their cloud migration journey with confidence. A tailor-made report will be created specifically for you, enabling you to identify underutilised or redundant applications and make informed decisions about what to migrate and what to leave behind.
Even after migrating to the cloud, AppScan remains a valuable asset for continuously monitoring and optimising your application landscape. With fewer applications to manage, you’ll spend less time and resources on maintenance, leading to increased efficiency and cost savings. It’s not just about simplifying processes; it’s about unlocking newfound efficiency and savings.




This article was brought to you by:

Mark Aarden
AppLabs Manager
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