CLOUD MIGRATION

The Why and How of Moving to the Cloud

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.

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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’!

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Eban Escott

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