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The Why and How of Moving to the Cloud

by Eban Escott, Jan 29, 2016

Imagination and innovation drive the software industry. This is particularly evident as there’s going to be an 11% shift away from traditional modes of IT delivery. Moving onto a cloud platform is the solution you must consider to revamp your business. If only it was easy as a whistle, a swish of your hand and your cloud appears. Every software business should ask some smart questions before making the switch - why should you move to the Cloud, and how should you do it?

That first egg was named 'Thought'. Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said 'With our thoughts we make the world' - Monkey Magic

Why should I move to the Cloud?

The first thing I want to make clear is the reason why there is no time like the present to migrate your application. You might be unconvinced that moving to the cloud is a worthwhile exercise. You might think that your legacy software is fulfilling all your needs. But consider this - if you’re running software that isn’t cloud-based and mobile-friendly, you’re woefully behind the rest of the market.

The IDC has predicted that by 2018, nearly 30% of enterprise applications worldwide will be SaaS-based. And that number is only going to keep growing. A growing market means growing opportunity for your business. Look at Amazon, for example - Goldman Sachs estimates that they’ve taken in $4.4 billion (26%) of the Paas and IaaS markets in the last twelve months alone. There has never been a better time to capitalize on the Cloud.

How do I move to the Cloud?

So, now you know why you should consider a move to the Cloud. The next big question you are going to have is how you do it. Well, if you ignore all of the positive effects of making the change, you could continue to run your legacy application and do nothing. Some of the problems you will face with this decision include a dated user experience and slower run times. 

Alternatively, you could look to the “lift and shift” option - that is, simply transfer your legacy software to the Cloud through simplistic cloud migration tools, without taking the opportunity to optimize or innovate. Or, you could do the opposite, and completely rewrite your system for the Cloud platform. The only issue with that is that, over time, you will encounter the same issues of a non-iterative system that you did before your legacy migration.

And then there’s your fourth option - using the magic of the cloud to build your cloud system on the Codebots platform. An aPaaS option can grow with your business, can change and adapt as you need it to, and each iteration of your software application from aPaaS can represent a new opportunity to learn and respond to the needs of your customers. It’s faster, better, and reusable. 

It’s faster because generation can create up to 60% of the code you need to get your application going. It’s better because you’ve got quality infrastructure and strong testing practices to make sure your product runs as smoothly as possible. It’s reusable because the core components and capabilities of your new application will be transferable to new projects you may wish to release in the future.

So, what have you got to lose in transferring your legacy software to a Cloud platform? There really is no ‘why’ and ‘how’ of cloud migration - only a ‘when’ and ‘now’!