A play in two parts
In general, an assessment should include two major parts: one that is technical, and one on governance. While the first part is pretty obvious, the second is often overlooked.
1. Technical assessment
“More and more, we’re using automated tools to scan existing environments and determine not only what’s there but also how everything is connected,” Pascal goes on to say. “After this, we perform a code inspection to determine how certain applications could be moved the cloud, and according to which model. Sometimes, we’ll need to upgrade applications to a newer version to make cloud migration possible. During this entire assessment process, we’re continuously looking for optimization opportunities. We then discuss our findings with the client and provide a cost and timing estimation for each scenario.”
2. Governance assessment
The technical aspects of cloud migration are only half the story, however. “One of the effects of moving to the cloud is the elimination of traditional silos,” explains Gunter Dewitte, cloud services sales manager at delaware. “Certain responsibilities may overlap, which can cause confusion. Companies are starting to realize that they have to reorganize themselves as a result of cloud migration and need to reconsider roles and responsibilities. Based on our research, we develop a ‘governance runbook’, that contains all the rules and agreements needed to keep the organization running smoothly. The upside of this is that it can really help business and IT work closer together in the long run.”