To Cloudify or Not To Cloudify: The Question is No More Why, But When. So, Why Not Now?

If you have delayed your cloud journey till now to gain second mover advantage, your time is up.

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Cloud migration: The need of the hour

The businesses that wanted to have the second mover advantage, for them the inevitable has arrived.  They can no longer put off their plans to cloudify their business systems. There is a constant need to evolve and move to newer, comprehensive solutions and have flexibility in scaling up/down the technology infrastructure resources.  This coupled with the need to meet the expanding needs of enterprises and dynamic demands of customers, businesses have no choice but to take the journey to the cloud.  Migration to cloud offers cost effective storage and flexible access to data in addition to several other benefits.

The reasons for the delay

There are a few reasons — some of them justifiable – why some businesses and their IT departments have waited till now to cloudify their IT.

  • Cloud technology was not mature
  • Lack of a business case (cost vs benefits)
  • Did not know where to start
  • Lack of in-house capability or good outsourcing option

One of the major reasons companies had put off their cloud adoption was a lack of mature System Integrators (SI) they could rely on. 

Selecting the right system integrator

If a business thought that the entire process of cloudification is cumbersome, they should worry no more. The market is now filled with experienced Cloud Service providers and SI’s who can help with the migration process.

There are the white-glove SI partners who can assist their customers with insight, strategy, and execution. They can walk you through every step, from planning to implementation to training, so businesses can reap the most out of the cloud-based system – but all at a high premium.  

On the other hand, there are those less experienced System Integrators who can provide cloud migrating services for any budget.  They could be very good executioners of your cloud migration strategy if you have one. However, they may not have the expertise to sail you in the right direction or navigate through unforeseen turbulence. 

Then there is CES that partners with a customer to assist with a cloud migration strategy and customizes solutions to accommodate the unique needs of the customer without demanding a hefty premium.

It’s time the second movers got future-ready with Cloud migration plans without any further delay.

What makes CES the right choice

Cloud migration is an imperative that every organization is facing.  However, there are some important aspects to keep in mind to make the journey successful.  It is important to understand which legacy applications should be retained and which to be replaced, which one needs to be re-written and which to be retired.  Then there are considerations of which technology stack should be moved first.  Should it be a migration for IaaS or PaaS; or for FaaS or BaaS?  CES can bring deep insights and help with these decisions.

CES has experience in all three major cloud platforms – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud – to help move a business to the cloud.  We have helped several businesses, from start to finish, in migrating their IT systems to cloud.  We have taken up multi-year migrations and walked businesses through this important and intensive journey.  Our solution is flexible and service cost-effective.

For example, we helped a customer, who is a leading provider of integrated business solutions for the agribusiness industry, migrate to cloud.  The client embarked on a decade-long journey to cloud-enable their software platform to host the software on the cloud and provision it from there in a SaaS model.  They started the journey five years ago and engaged CES as a partner of choice in this migration.  CES helped the business with assessment, methodology, and technical execution of the migration process.  Migrating to the cloud helped the business improve flexibility and maintainability of their SaaS infrastructure and its provisioning.  It led to significant cost savings but more importantly it improved overall Customer Experience (CX) of their software service manifold. 

CES brings insights, helps with key decisions, and offers value at comparatively more practical consideration.

Cloud is not the limit

Cloud environment is scalable, cost-effectiveness, convenient, accessible, and reliable.  To reduce operational costs and mitigate security risks, to meet the rapidly increasing capacity needs and accommodate new geographies, a company needs to shift to the cloud. Cloud migration gives a company the much-needed competitive edge over business rivals.  And the time to act is now! 

Those who have refrained till now in order to gain the second mover advantage may feel tempted to wait even longer.  Though the option of further delaying and waiting for the migration costs to go down even more is tempting, it is not a well thought out decision.  The time to migrate to cloud later will be longer as the legacy applications will have greater technology chasm to bridge.  The competitors who went ahead in this journey will have matured more and will be in a better position to take advantage of newer technologies in future as their systems will be comparatively nimbler and can easily adapt to change. 

In summary, a CIO or CTO can no longer afford to put off their plans to cloudify their business systems.  The era of cloud has already arrived for a while.  A business will gain no incentive by delaying any further their journey to the cloud.

Please stay tuned for our next blog on “3 things a CIO should focus on in creating a Cloud Migration roadmap”.  For more information or a conversation on how CES can help with Cloud Migration, please contact us at sales@cesltd.com

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