JOHANNESBURG; 16 February, 2021 – The importance for South African businesses to move to the cloud is now more urgent than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out. To harness the benefits of cost savings, agility, resilience and scalability companies must now accelerate their migration to cloud strategies, says digital consulting leader Accenture (NYSE: ACN) in a new paper Maximising Value from Migrating your Enterprise to Cloud.

"A post-pandemic world defined by high demand for remote work, e-commerce and virtual learning, as well as fundamental shifts in consumer demands, makes it critical for companies to accelerate their journey into the cloud," says Pradeep Roy, Cloud Advisory Lead for Accenture in Africa.

"While many businesses in South African have started their journey to cloud, not all are seeing the returns they had hoped for. Maximising Value from Migrating Your Enterprise to Cloud identifies common migration paths and scenarios, the pitfalls and opportunities and, importantly, how companies can rapidly achieve the success they need to create value for the company."

There is no one-size-fits-all migration strategy, he emphasises. Migration strategies will depend on company’s specific circumstances—their technological environments, business objectives, budget and the long and short term rewards the strategy presents. The reality for most enterprises will be a hybrid solution, one in which they must choose what to retain, rehost, replatform, retire, replace, rearchitect and reimagine.

The paper presents Accenture’s migration framework, a guide that helps assess the suitability of each migration path along three dimensions: time to migrate, cost to migrate, and the degree of value realisation. It also maps typical migration scenarios tailored for specific benefits, from a back-against-the-wall scenario where time is of the essence, to a balanced speed-cost-benefit migration, or a migration aimed at driving future innovation.

"A company’s technology landscape presents an opportunity for business differentiation, a means to gain efficiency, enable innovation and launch new ideas to market fast," says Roy. "Cloud technologies are a fundamental technology layer that will pave the way for business strategies. With a holistic perspective on how to assess and weigh options based on business scenarios and create a tailored cloud migration strategy, companies can maximise value from their investments." Please visit us online to find out more about this study.

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