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How to Kick Off Application Migration to the Cloud & Choose the Right Path

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 10:36 PM

Cloud migration is the process of moving a company's data into the cloud. Adopting a cloud environment and moving daily business operations, like tracking inventory, managing finances, management of human resources, and payment to the vendors, is complex and lengthy; however, the benefits of cloud migration outweigh continuing to use legacy infrastructures. It is one of the biggest obstacles while transitioning to a cloud environment.

Successful cloud implementation requires in-depth planning. Prior to embarking on the cloud migration process, your organization may use applications that support a wide range of business functions, from traditional back-office processes to business-critical manufacturing, supply-chain, and customer-facing applications. While planning to move your application data from on-premises to Oracle Cloud, ensure what data needs to be transferred to the cloud, understand the available data storage options in the Cloud Infrastructure, and choose an appropriate data transfer method. A disciplined approach with a thorough plan will result in a smooth migration from your IT infrastructure to the cloud - those who have adapted to the cloud environment cannot stop praising it.

Many organizations want to jump into cloud migration without evaluating the cost, however, anything new takes time, and the same goes with cloud migration. With Oracle HCM Cloud, you can provision compute power, storage, and other resources, gaining access as your business demands them. With minimal cost and effort, you can move your application to the Oracle HCM Cloud and reduce capital expenses and minimize support/administrative costs while retaining the performance, security, and reliability requirements your business demands.

Phased Strategy for Application Migration: Assessment, Proof of Concept, Data Migration, Application Migration & Optimization
Cloud Migration Challenges:
A new and sudden transition of resources can bring a lot of risks and challenges along - here are some of the major challenges faced by organizations:

Not Having a Proper Strategy
Each application and dataset has its own unique requirements and may need a different approach to cloud migration. Organizations must be smart and consider these requirements prior to developing implementation cloud migration strategies.

Consideration of Cost
Before and after transitioning, you need a proper bifurcation of 'spend' and 'save', otherwise you will end up paying a fortune. Additionally, cloud environments are dynamic, and costs can alter rapidly as new services are adopted and application usage grows.

Data Security
Cloud services work on a shared responsibility model, where complete responsibility for securing infrastructure is on them, but it is your responsibility to configure them correctly.

How to Kick Off Application Migration to the Cloud

End-to-end operational visibility is essential BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER migrating to the cloud to eliminate finger-pointing when KPIs are missed. It helps an end-to-end view of infrastructure performance across application workloads and microservices, whenever required.

To validate accurately, the monitoring tool initially used should not be changed throughout the entire migration process.

  1. BEFORE Cloud Migration - Find the user experience and performance, as well as define acceptable post-migration levels. Any degradation in one performance area can be adjusted if it's balanced in another area.
  2. DURING Cloud Migration - The current performance metrics should be closely monitored to check if any variations are there from the earlier baseline measured. The dashboard and alerts will quickly identify if there are any issues before production in order to save time and resources.
  3. AFTER Cloud Migration - The monitoring solution used will ensure a smooth customer journey across on-premises and public cloud workloads after migration.

Each technology has some risks, but they can be easily avoided if you are careful. But if you still find cloud migration risky, you can always opt for cloud advisory services and decide what is best for your business.

SMACT Works is a technology-focused systems integrator and IT/ERP consulting firm. We deliver end-to-end consulting, managed, and implementation services for Oracle Cloud Applications, IaaS & PaaS, On-Premise PeopleSoft & EBS Applications. Headquartered in Dublin, OH, we have a global presence with North America and Asia offices. We are an Oracle Gold Partner Cloud Standard, ISO 9001, and 27001 certified delivery organization serving customers with Excellence and Integrity.