CLOUD MIGRATION

Software Migration Services for Startups and Corporates

Every busi­ness in the soft­ware in­dus­try has the same goal: to lead their field in in­no­va­tion. Whether this means you are con­stantly fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle as a startup or run­ning around in cir­cles as a cor­po­rate, even­tu­ally you will reach the point where it is time to face the chal­lenge of soft­ware mi­gra­tion. This is the process of mov­ing your pro­gram or in­for­ma­tion from your older sys­tem to a new and bet­ter plat­form, as to min­imise the need for reengi­neer­ing.

During this process there are a num­ber of chal­lenges to over­come. In fact, a re­cent sur­vey found that around 75 per­cent of busi­nesses ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems dur­ing the mi­gra­tion process. This means find­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate and ef­fec­tive method for your busi­ness to tackle soft­ware mi­gra­tion can lead to huge cost and time sav­ings for your com­pany. My hope is that once I ex­plain to you the why and how, the process will not look so scary.

Generally speak­ing, there are two types of soft­ware mi­gra­tion to con­sider - data mi­gra­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion mi­gra­tion. Data mi­gra­tion is the process of trans­fer­ring data be­tween com­puter sys­tems or data sys­tems. A usual rea­son for this is to re­place your stor­age sys­tem, such as an up­grade to the cloud. Application mi­gra­tion is the process of trans­fer­ring some soft­ware onto a new tech­nol­ogy stack. A usual rea­son for this is when a legacy soft­ware sys­tem is in­stalled lo­cally on a com­puter but needs to be mod­ernised to the cloud.

Why would a startup need soft­ware mi­gra­tion?

Beginning a com­pany re­quires a lot of tough work. Sometimes, work­ing in it­er­a­tions can feel like con­stantly fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle. With hard work how­ever, hope­fully you reach the point where you have found a prod­uct/​mar­ket fit and a light­house client. However, the MVP you have cre­ated to prove the mar­ket at this stage is es­sen­tially your most sim­plis­tic soft­ware. Your next goal as a startup is to gain fur­ther mar­ket trac­tion, and this means your soft­ware must be able to scale with you. This is where soft­ware mi­gra­tion be­comes im­por­tant for a startup busi­ness. The ideal so­lu­tion is to mi­grate from an MVP to a scal­able tech­nol­ogy stack that will be cost ef­fec­tive but will also min­imise the risks your busi­ness faces.

Why would a cor­po­rate need soft­ware mi­gra­tion?

Corporate com­pa­nies in the soft­ware in­dus­try will likely come to the point where their soft­ware’s en­tropy in­creases and be­comes too dif­fi­cult to ef­fec­tively utilise. Perhaps the sys­tem is run­ning too slowly or maybe you want to im­prove the user ex­pe­ri­ence, ei­ther way the next step to stay com­pet­i­tive is to up­date your legacy sys­tem to a more ef­fi­cient sys­tem. However, keep­ing up with the com­pe­ti­tion is tough. Like 60 per­cent of busi­nesses that claim they look to up­date their soft­ware quar­terly, it’s likely you will need to re­peat­edly un­dergo this legacy mi­gra­tion process, cost­ing your busi­ness time and money. The key here is to dis­cover a sys­tem­atic process that will stop your busi­ness from run­ning in cir­cles and break the cy­cle of legacy sys­tems.

The soft­ware mi­gra­tion so­lu­tion

The road to suc­cess­ful soft­ware mi­gra­tion may seem dif­fi­cult and lined with po­ten­tial haz­ards, but at WorkingMouse we have de­vel­oped a 6 step process that sys­tem­at­i­cally min­imises the risks in­volved.

  1. We en­sure you will have a sys­tem­atic path of data at the end of the process. At WorkingMouse this is com­pleted as an au­to­mated step that re­verse en­gi­neers from the legacy data­base to the plu­gin model.

  2. The next step in­volves us­ing a busi­ness an­a­lyst to cre­ate the re­quire­ments back­log which can then be used to de­scribe the be­hav­iour of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

  3. Then we can de­ter­mine which ca­pa­bil­i­ties of our plug-in model you want to switch on to match the ap­pli­ca­tion through analysing the pre­vi­ous step.

  4. From here we cre­ate a new user-in­ter­face that is re­spon­sive and mo­bile.

  5. Bots then gen­er­ate most of the new cloud ap­pli­ca­tion! This process is fol­lowed by as­sign­ing de­vel­op­ers to aug­ment the tar­get to meet all of the re­quire­ments.

  6. The sixth and fi­nal step is the mi­gra­tion step! This is where you mi­grate cus­tomers from the legacy ap­pli­ca­tion to the new cloud ap­pli­ca­tion. Thanks to step 1, this process gets to be fully au­to­mated (with the ex­cep­tions of overly com­plex sce­nar­ios of course).

Once you move to the cloud your tech­nol­ogy be­comes scal­able, pro­vid­ing your busi­ness an op­por­tu­nity for growth and in­no­va­tion.

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Whether you are a startup or a cor­po­rate you need to en­sure your tech­nol­ogy re­mains com­pet­i­tive by hav­ing it on the most ef­fi­cient and user-friendly plat­form. Choosing the right soft­ware mi­gra­tion process is there­fore a key de­ci­sion in the bat­tle to main­tain a high level of in­no­va­tion as a busi­ness.

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Eban Escott

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