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by MarkVan de Wiel

Cloud Migration in the Forecast

 IT continues its inexorable march to the cloud. Whether we’re talking about infrastructure, middleware, applications or business process services,  Gartner reports that by 2021 approximately 28% of all IT spending will be for cloud-based services—up from approximately 17% of the total market revenue for those areas in 2016.

For Oracle, the cloud represents the primary path to future growth. Oracle’s combined IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) revenues expanded at a high double-digit rate throughout 2017 with the trend expected to continue through fiscal 2018. Oracle’s management expects cloud revenues to increase 40% year-over-year for Q2 FY 2018 while revenues from all other segments combined will fall by 2%, says a report in Forbes Magazine. SAP hopes to follow suit with its S/4HANA Cloud ERP solution, which it introduced in February 2017.

Regardless of your cloud provider, you’re likely to be struggling with the question of: how can we move our data into the cloud

Cloud Migration = Business As Usual?

From a business perspective the two most important requirements for a cloud migration are business continuity and data security. In other words, how can a move to the cloud cause as little disruption to our ongoing business as possible while keeping data secure?

  1. Business continuity

Your organization’s decision to move systems to the cloud may be an excellent opportunity to revisit your current selection of applications and consider SaaS alternatives to applications managed by in-house IT staff. Beyond SaaS, your options are to leverage a cloud PaaS for services such as databases, Hadoop and analytics or to use the cloud for IaaS and manage your own software deployments. A migration to SaaS has arguably the most potential to disrupt your ongoing business, but other options can also cause turmoil.

Consider the following:

  • What ongoing integration points exist between the new cloud-based application and any other applications (elsewhere in the cloud or on-premises)? And regarding any integration points:
    • How much data flows between the applications in what time frame?
    • What is the real-time requirement for the integration?
  • For the actual migration:
    • Will there be a long-enough downtime window when (remaining) the data migration and switch over can take place?
    • Do you require risk mitigation as the application moves to the cloud to have a fall back option if the new application does not (initially) live up to its promises?

These factors and others, such as in-house or easy-to-acquire expertise and available budget, will determine the most suitable technology to help you move to the cloud.

  1. Data security

For years, skepticism about data security has been a reason for not moving to the cloud – as detailed in this Oracle-sponsored Harvard Business Review report. But with cloud providers exposing their entire business with cloud computing, data security is finally getting the attention it deserves. Encryption and strong authentication are no longer options but defaults.

Real-time, continuous data integration?

Complex IT environments may require long-term– if not ongoing –data integration to facilitate a (partial) migration of your organization’s IT deployments to the cloud. As end users become more and more accustomed to instant access to data, you should consider whether you can afford batch windows for years to come, or whether data integration should be in real-time.

We at HVR think that the long-term if not short-term expectation is real-time. Our affordable technology supports high-volume cloud environments with enterprise efficiency and security. We are more than happy to help you explore your options and answer any questions you may have. Contact us.

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