Get more workloads to cloud, faster
Cloud is no longer a future aspiration, it’s an urgent mandate. Cloud is not only essential to successful digital transformation, but the global disruption wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has reemphasized the fundamental value of systems resilience, agility, adaptability and scalability.
Accenture’s recent report, Cloud is the urgent business imperative: how to maximize its value, explains the five key elements needed to scale up cloud adoption. The first is migration–getting more enterprise workloads to the cloud.
What does a successful migration look like?
In order to accelerate the value you get from cloud, you must know where your business is headed—and why.
One primary goal is improving the efficiency and resilience of IT systems. Most enterprises know they don’t belong in the data center business and they can realize significant cost savings by using new architectures or applications in the cloud.
A second key goal is enabling the business to do new things and do them faster. This is where the innovation, experimentation and business agility of the cloud come to the fore.
For example, with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), infrastructure can be provisioned much more easily. At the same time, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions enable you to quickly leverage many cloud-native innovations out of the box.
The result is a leaner, more agile enterprise, as seen in the case of MONETA Money Bank. Working with Accenture, they defined a comprehensive cloud strategy that aligned with the bank’s strategic ambitions. After migrating 200 applications to AWS, they now launch new products and services faster and are better positioned to support growth.
How to migrate the right way
So, what’s the secret to a successful migration? There are several factors at play, spanning strategy, planning and execution.
A vision without a strategy remains an illusion
Most enterprise migrations are not “big bang” events—they are incremental processes based on strategic value, complexity and risk.
Plan your work and work your plan
Be smart about priorities. It’s important to stratify and prioritize the portfolio in a way that realizes the most value from the migration as quickly as possible. Accenture’s 7Rs approach (see inset) provides a framework for approaching this task systematically.