By Clarity Insights,
Clarity Insights is a strategic partner to the nation's leading data-driven brands.

While the cloud has permeated every corner of the business world, with more critical workloads than ever operating out of a hosted environment, there still remain some holdouts that have either resisted migrating certain platforms and processes to the cloud or rejected managed services outright. This resistance may not last much longer, though—industry expert David Linthicum sees a major uptick in cloud migration looming over the horizon.

When migrating business-critical workflows to the cloud, what is the essential ground to cover?

Essential #1: Making apps cloud-ready

Organizations that are making their first forays into the cloud begin with an application or two before migrating assets in full force. When doing so, there are several options to consider. Some businesses will take a "lift and shift" approach, directly moving that application to the cloud. As TechTarget contributor Alan R. Earls noted, this practice can be problematic, as it won't enable companies to fully capitalize on the benefits of the cloud.

A different strategy to take here is to employ refactoring, which involves changing an application's source code to make cloud migration a much smoother process. While refactoring entails fairly minor adjustments to code to make apps compatible with the cloud, a more drastic move would be to completely rewrite the code and redesign the app with cloud environments in mind.

Regardless of which approach is used, companies need to take great care to ensure that their business-critical apps are ready to run in the cloud.

City covered in clouds.Making your business-critical apps cloud-ready is an important step in the migration process.

Essential #2: Ensuring robust cloud orchestration

A cloud solution that is poorly configured to work with other hosted solutions as well as on-premise platforms won't provide nearly as much value as one that has been properly orchestrated. When done right, the cloud can sync up with disparate platforms and various environments, supporting scalability without much need for manual intervention.

"Look for vendors that are platform-agnostic."

To achieve strong cloud orchestration, companies should look for vendors that are platform-agnostic and capable of orchestrating any workload in any kind of environment.

Essential #3: Avoiding vendor lock-in

On a related note, businesses should be wary of any cloud data warehouse service provider that only works with a particular platform or network components. Such relationships will be expensive in the long run, as companies are tied to specific assets and must adjust their equipment and strategies accordingly. If an organization moves to the cloud in the interest of greater flexibility and scalability, vendor lock-in is counterproductive.

There are more considerations to keep in mind when moving to the cloud, but these three factors are essential to a successful migration. For more guidance on transferring business-critical assets and workflows to the cloud, contact Clarity Insights today.

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