Cloud computing has established itself as a leader in global digital transformation strategies, according to Canalys. The Spanish cloud market will grow by 21.9% year over year between 2021 and 2025, implying a turnover of over 5,000 million euros.
According to Unit4, companies have made the digital transition towards a cloud-based approach because to its many benefits in productivity and efficiency. However, cloud migration is still a complex process that requires a certain degree of skill, followed by cost (34%) and security (32%). Therefore, in order to devise a successful migration strategy, atSystems has identified five indicators.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when migrating cloud applications is the number of applications to migrate, as well as the number of users for each of them.
A minor migration to the cloud will be much easier to execute and less costly than a migration of a large number of applications. Before beginning the process, it is recommended to debug those applications that aren't essential to the business or that aren't being used. The same applies when the number of users to migrate is high.
The number of users and applications to migrate will inevitably affect the data and the migration, and therefore, it will be slower and more complex depending on the amount of storage that is available.
This huge amount of information comes from a variety of sources, including the projects themselves, source code repositories, collaborative work spaces, configuration management databases, and attachments.
Another thing to keep in mind is the version of the software that the company is working with at the time. Although everything will depend on the application to be moved, most of the time it will be necessary to have the versions updated in order to successfully migrate to the Cloud.
Another factor that will determine the complexity of the plugins, as well as their use and significance for the company itself, is the number of plugins to migrate. In this sense, it may be that some of the plugins do not exist in the cloud environment or that there are alternatives, or that the company has custom-developed plugins.
For this reason, and again, it will be important to assess whether or not the migration is compatible with the cloud goal. There are instances such as Netflix, which in just over seven years was able to become a cloud-native company both by migrating some of its systems and by building new ones, which had expanded in 130 countries by 2016.
According to a Mulesoft and Deloitte study, integration between tools is one of the biggest challenges for 40% of businesses in 2022. However, when it comes to the cloud, it is important that applications are compatible with the cloud instance to which the migration will take place, as well as whether other outbound and inbound tools that the company works with outside the cloud can be integrated with the rest of the ecosystem, always to the extent necessary.