12. Why Cloud Migration an Essential Step in Digital Transformation (June 18 2018)-min

Why Cloud Migration an Essential Step in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is essential for all businesses, from small business to the enterprise. According to a recent Gartner study, CIOs reported that their spend on digital transformation would increase from 18 to 28 percent by 2018. Top performing organizations were already spending 34 percent of their IT budget but expected that figure to rise to 44 percent by 2018.

Why Should Companies Go For Digital Transformation?

In general terms, we can define digital transformation as “the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business which results in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers.”

There are many reasons why a business may migrate to being digital. Digital Transformation is essential because customers are more demanding, they have high expectations of digital processes which must be accessible, convenient and most importantly easy to use. At the same time, the workforce is becoming mobile and dependent on access to company services, data and productivity tools wherever they are based.

Behind the services that businesses and customers need and expect, there are massive data flows. These require new approaches to storage and management so they can yield high-value business information. With demands like these, legacy systems are no longer adequate, and transformation is a priority.

For a Successful Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications or other business elements from an organization’s onsite computers to the cloud, or moving them from one cloud environment to another.

Cloud migration sometimes involves moving data or other business elements between cloud environments, which is known as cloud-to-cloud migration. The process in which the transformation is done to a different cloud provider is known as cloud service migration. In any case, successful migration to a service provider’s environment may require the use of middleware, such as a cloud integration tool, to bridge any gaps between the vendor’s and the customer’s (or other vendor’s) technologies.

Key Objective of Migrating To The Cloud

A key objective of digital transformation is to make the organization agiler and more innovative. However, many data centers are restricted by legacy systems, outdated technologies, siloed data and low skill sets. That limits their ability to evolve at scale as business demands grow. Migration to the cloud is therefore essential. Cloud offers a high level of automation and agility, and it provides a cost-effective solution. Cloud migration leverages a high level of virtualization in the data center and offers the storage capacity to handle vast volumes of data coming into the business.

Digital transformation is a massive undertaking process, especially in larger, established companies. When it is done in the right way, it will produce a business that is more aligned with customer demands and resilient in the fast-moving digital future.

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