Moving Infrastructure, Applications, and Data Without Interrupting Services

SEP 17, 2018

When migrating applications from an old system to a new one, CIOs know that the physical move is not the most daunting task. Getting the entire team, both business and technical, aligned and up to speed is where success for the project is made. The CIO needs to be the first team member committed to the project with the rest of the business educated on the project and the expectations. The Trace3 Application Migration Services team guides our clients through the multiple elements of a project, provides recommendations with the best available choices, and educates team members throughout the process.  Migrating applications is a complex and detail oriented process which can be challenging for businesses not accustomed to such a task.   The following FAQ can help your team prepare for a migration:

  1. Who are the big Cloud players? Fairly straight forward and these names should sound familiar – Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services – and their success is earned through consistent innovation fueled by competition. These companies build products and services to help companies save time and money. Migrating to a Cloud infrastructure is the new standard amongst your peers in tech, both in and out of these big companies.
  2. Is it supposed to be like this? Unfortunately, most applications are not designed to be portable across systems. On premises applications can be especially tedious to transport as their dependencies are usually pre-integrated to other services, systems and hardware. Networking architecture, VM configuration, and other dependencies can also hold up a migration. While working in tech requires you to always look at the big picture, it is just as important to be detail-oriented in this practice.
  3. What’s the risk? Like many aspects of application migration, it depends. The risk comes in the nuances of the application. Many organizations find that off-the-shelf solutions offered by a big company require a level of customization to adapt the software to align with their internal operations. In this case, the potential for human error is often the biggest risk to a successful migration. A proven process and methodology as well as a team eager to learn and focus on the details are the solution. Of course, the one constant you can count on is that the unexpected will occur somewhere/sometime during the project. And with clear communication and good planning your team will be able to adapt and keep the project moving forward.
  4. What’s the secret ingredient? The truth may shock you – leadership. Business leaders and technical leaders must be aligned on the desired outcome of the project and provide the necessary resources and support to both the technical and business teams engaged in the project. There is no silver bullet when it comes to a successful application migration project – executive leadership providing collaboration, communication, and support are key to success.

Trace3 has a proven migration methodology utilized across a variety of industries which is tailored for each customer’s environment. Our migration services approach starts with an in-depth understanding of your environment – both infrastructure and applications, moves to the creation of thoroughly vetted migration plans, and progresses into migration execution leveraging detailed plans that reduce risk and enable success. Our approach closes information gaps between IT, application owners, and the business resulting in risk reduction, smooth migrations, and a timely completion of the project. Our team understands that what matters most is the migration of applications and associated data without interrupting services or degrading the end user experience. Learn more about Trace3 Migration Services.

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