Before any great journey to the cloud, it’s important to know where you are going, why you are moving and what you can expect when you get there. For this reason, we start every project by first understanding key business drivers. Are you seeking to decrease cost? Improve performance or generate new revenue? These questions and more will help drive a value-based strategy and roadmap that matches your goal. At InCycle, we start with the end in mind.
InCycle's App Modernization Strategy and Roadmap is for customers migrating an application to the cloud that are seeking a detailed plan to either execute themselves or with assistance. Using a proprietary app modernization framework (Modernization Journey) and tools (e.g., Modern Application Modeler, Roadmap Designer, and Pattern Blueprints), InCycle cloud architects perform an app pattern analysis and develop a modernization strategy. Recommendations include detailed design improvements, future state architectural diagrams, proposed roadmap and related benefits and value.
The outcome of this initiative is an actionable app modernization plan aligned with strategic business drivers.
InCycle's Data Center & App Portfolio Modernization Strategy and Roadmap service is for customers seeking to migrate their data center or app portfolio to the cloud. Unless your data center is shutting down or you have a deadline to leave, you probably want an orderly migration to the cloud.
The objective of this offering is to define a cloud migration and modernization strategy including an actionable plan aligned with key strategic business drivers. Leveraging InCycle’s Portfolio Analyzer and 3rd party automated resource discovery tools, cloud architects will complete a data center and application portfolio inventory. Assets will be categorized and clustered in terms of business critically (opportunity, cost drivers, risks, architecture, vision alignment etc.) and modernization potential (realizable value). The result is a prioritized inventory and an actionable migration/modernization roadmap for key assets and applications.
Lift and Shift or re-hosting is a migration strategy that minimizes additional development costs while optimizing cloud hosting options. Lift & shift is popular because its relative simplicity and speed to cloud adoption.
This migration strategy involves moving your existing applications or services to Azure-based virtual machines, with an operating system and network configuration that matches (as close as possible) the current on-premise environment.
A successful lift and shift migration takes advantage of the infrastructure benefits and management features of the cloud, while minimizing the both the migration cost and decreasing the time required to complete the migration. If speed and cost are your primary drivers, then lift and shift migration model is the right choice.
Note, identifying the best lift and shift candidates from a portfolio of applications requires analysis and an opportunity assessment. InCycle cloud architects will filter which applications will be easiest and most cost effective to quickly migrate to Azure.
Most businesses are turning to the cloud to achieve maximum flexibility and efficiency. However, many have significant infrastructure investments and are compelled to take advantage of it. Others have regulatory reasons for keeping certain assets on-prem and behind their firewall. Regardless of the reason, InCycle will help you choose the migration path that’s best for you—and that includes not necessarily moving everything to the cloud.
For Hybrid scenarios, our cloud experts will implement a plan to optimize your existing infrastructure, ensure security and compliance, and establish a common environment for application development. For many, a Hybrid approach is a solid first step to modernization and cloud adoption.
While it's hard to dispute the hard cost savings of cloud adoption, there is always a business need to create a compelling business case that clearly defines the value of agility and other soft benefits.
Cloud adoption shifts expenses from capital expenses (CapEx) to operating expenses (OpEx). Similar to a utility bill, you pay-as-you-go and only pay for what you use, when you use it. That’s sounds great and makes sense for start-ups --- but what about enterprise customers that have already invested in data centers and equipment?
For these organizations, identifying and making the right economic decisions requires additional investigation into the detailed costs and benefits of cloud adoption.
At InCycle, we generally recommend an app-based approach (in contrast to a cross cutting infrastructure analysis). This allows customers to quickly identify cloud opportunities in context of their app portfolio and immediately start reaping the benefits and “cashing the check”.
TCO & ROI Themes
- The cloud delivers both tactical and strategic value. For this reason, we must consider both hard and soft costs.
- Realizing “business agility” maybe the single most important factor. Consider, what’s the cost of being late to market?
- Cost savings typically range between 10 and 50%. Proactively identifying high value (think cloud opportunity) applications, helps streamline cloud initiatives and provide greater success faster.