5 Key Cloud Migration Challenges & How to Overcome Them

It’s a chaotic time for business today. A deluge of new technologies has subsequently emerged out that continues to define a new business era. The organizations are flocking to the cloud in an effort to cut costs, stay nimble and ensure future survival.

Each journey to the cloud is very unique and the challenges along the way are pervasive. Businesses must be looking ahead to the journey and preparing accordingly for safe and controlled cloud migration. The cloud enables organizations to effectively reduce IT costs, mitigate security risks, agile innovation with continuity. But all this requires planning and exquisite execution, which explains why migration is cited second on the cloud computing pain spectrum.

These are the 5 key challenges of cloud migration:

1. Choosing the right Cloud Service Provider

The wealth of like-for-like cloud services can make it difficult to choose the right cloud service provider. This often leaves IT leaders and C-suite executives in a state of analysis paralysis, stuck at the first hurdle of digital transformation. Although the budget plays a key part in making a decision, organizations need to consider their primary goal for moving to the cloud. One organization may need to leverage the enormous instant scalability offered by some providers. The key to choosing the right cloud provider, therefore, requires a defined selection and procurement process.

Security, compliance, architecture, manageability, are all critical factors to consider before choosing a cloud provider.  Without the right blend of technical expertise and service excellence, the partnership will not empower the business in the cloud. Therefore, the alignment of business goals and vendors’ services is a critical part of the cloud provider decision-making process.

 

2. Evaluating the current IT Portfolio

A successful cloud migration project starts with understanding on-premise application workload profiles. A key part of this discovery process is figuring out ‘what talks to what’, or rather, analyzing the knock-on effect systems can potentially have on one another. It takes time to uncover issues, document findings and turn them into actionable insight, especially for organizations that spread their infrastructure across multiple data centers or teams. Businesses often fall victim to this domino effect of incompatibility, causing them to come unstuck after moving the first app to the cloud.

Workload intelligence, combined with dependency mapping, therefore, adds critical insight to the decision-making process and significantly reduces the possibility of missing dependencies during the move.

 

3. Minimizing Business Downtime

Downtime is frequently cited as the biggest challenge of migrating workloads to the cloud. The biggest hurdle between a successful and unsuccessful cloud migration over time is network connectivity. In fact, 98% of organizations say a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. The priority, therefore, should be to plan accordingly to minimize disruption and ensure business continuity during the migration.

A live migration refers to the process of moving a running virtual machine or application between different physical machines without disconnecting the client or application. This guarantees long-term success, as it brings together delivery, go live tools, integration testing, source control and unit testing all whilst the source is still in production. This allows the business to test the migration offline before any cutover is made and ensures risk mitigation when moving from physical to virtual environments.

 

4. What to modernize and what to leave behind?

Migration is not simply a matter of lift and shift. The prioritization of what to move and when is fundamental to successful cloud migration. This ensures unforeseeable problems can be dealt with whilst the stakes are low. It also provides valuable learning and confidence before tackling more complex workloads in the future. Starting small is, therefore, key to successful cloud migration.

Some applications are more suited in the cloud than others, particularly applications with variable usage patterns. Therefore, it’s important to align business goals with the benefits that the cloud brings; such as faster and frequent application releases and flexible auto-scaling. Prioritizing the migration of these applications leverages the numerous advantages offered in the cloud and eliminates waste on premises.

 

5. Automation capabilities

Automation is fundamental to a successful cloud journey. Efficiency and productivity are the primary motives behind automating the cloud migration process, which cultivates a level of consistency and repeatability unmatched by manual processes. There’s also the added benefit of not having to add staff to the project team to manually asses, fix and convert the application for the virtual cloud platform.

To fully leverage the cloud, organizations should automate application compatibility testing and fixing, since the cloud allows multiple virtual platforms to be tested and remediated simultaneously. This reduces cloud migration time requirements and lowers the unit cost of the individual workload.

Conclusion

Cloud migration is complex as it requires meticulous planning and impeccable expertise to architect, secure and manages. Your success will depend on the partner you choose and the extent of their knowledge, skill-set, and experience to identify and manage the cloud migration.

As you look ahead to the journey, be sure to prepare for safe and controlled cloud migration. Talk to TechNEXA about our deep experience and mix of capabilities and find out how you can move your workloads to the cloud without putting your data or applications at risk and, perhaps more importantly, day-to-day business operations.

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Richa Rajput May 20, 2019 0 Comments

AI: The Business Benefits of Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence has been around since at least the 1950s, but it’s only in the past few years that it’s become ubiquitous. It powers product recommendations, maps, and social media feeds. But currently, it’s not only the tech giants that can employ AI in their products. AI solutions are now accessible for many businesses and individuals and it’s becoming clear that understanding and employing AI is critical for the businesses of tomorrow.

AI Business Benefits

We’ll explore the AI Business Benefits within five areas: human resources, accounting, legal, marketing and sales, and customer support.

Human Resources

Artificial intelligence poses a significant opportunity in process automation. One example would be recruitment and human resources. For instance, tasks like onboarding and administration of benefits can be automated. Human resources are often responsible for maintaining internal employee resources. Artificial Intelligence can make it easier to maintain “internal sites for answering employee questions on topics including IT, employee benefits, and HR policy.”

Accounting

AI is already supporting in the traditional bookkeeping task. Areas such as accounts payable and receivable are taking advantage of automated data entry and categorization. AI is also able to reconcile billing failures by extracting information from multiple document types. AI and humans working together can extract information and validate the results, sometimes being three times more consistent and twice as fast as human-only teams.

Legal

AI can now read “legal and contractual documents to extract provisions using natural language processing.” Another interesting development: it is becoming easier to get funding for legal action. The litigation financing industry has been around for some time, but it is being rapidly pushed ahead. Startup legalist is making it easier for people and small businesses to access funding. They pick clients based on their constantly improved algorithm. They search thousands of cases and calculate the likelihood of a case succeeding.

Sales and Marketing Analytics

Analytics can now be done far more rapidly with much larger data sets thanks to artificial intelligence. This has profound impacts on all sorts of data analysis, including on business and financial decisions.

One of the quickly changing areas is marketing and sales applications. AI makes it easier to predict what a customer is likely to buy by learning and understanding their purchasing patterns. It is also easier to automate the personalized targeting of ads to buyers based on their trends, their browsing history, and many other aspects of their persona.

Customer Support

One of the main benefits of AI is that “intelligent agents can offer 24/7 customer service addressing a broad and growing array of issues from password requests to technical support questions—all in the customer’s natural language.” For customer support, a combination of machine and deep learning can allow queries to be analyzed quicker.

With AI becoming even more pervasive, having a fundamental understanding of it is a must for continued business success. AI may help you solve problems in new and innovative ways, saving time and money. Further, it may help you build and design the products and services of the future.

To know more about TechNEXA’s AI services, Reach out to us from the contact page.

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Richa Rajput May 13, 2019 0 Comments

5 Business Benefits of Remote Infrastructure Management Services

Remote Infrastructure Management refers to the process of maintaining and managing the Information Technology (IT) of an enterprise from a remote location. RIM supports in management of various resources like hardware, software and storage devices. The other leading enterprises offer some other services like NOC managed services, hybrid managed services (NOC + on site), OS health management, and user management services.

According to the IT experts Remote Infrastructure Management, commonly known as RIM aids the enterprise to manage their IT expenditure while providing flexibility in operations. Here are the top 5 business benefits of leveraging Remote Infrastructure Management Services-

  • Enhanced uptime

The top infrastructure service providers supply the enterprises with advanced technologies like- high standard equipment, technicians, and a wide range of other services. Along with this, these providers partner with other service providers to integrate the latest technologies. This integration of technologies, 24×7 support, and standard equipment benefit the enterprise with enhanced uptime.

  • 24X7 Support

Many infrastructures are prone to breakdown and malfunctioning, so they need a solution that is 24×7 available. Remote Infrastructure Management Services provides an efficient solution by deploying an expert team that ensures monitoring IT environment around the clock support.

  • Constant Technological Advancements

It is not possible with every enterprise to pay for constant staff training and invest in new technologies and management services. RIM support these enterprises by providing them funds and resources so that they can be updated with the latest technologies.

  • Customized Services

RIM offers customized services according to the business needs and requirements of the enterprise. They provide an internal help desk that helps enterprises with the management of servers and networks. Along with this RIM aids enterprises in saving cost and minimizing downtime.

  • Other Benefits

RIM provides many other additional services and benefits to the enterprise. Some of them include-

  • Centralizes management and allows the enterprise to focus on innovations.
  • Implements various resources like time, costs and efforts.
  • Supports in productivity and efficiency of an enterprise.

It is worth noting that Return on Investment is directly proportional to the RIM service provider you choose. According to the technical experts, remote infrastructure management services can assist enterprises in reducing overall risk by increasing the satisfaction levels.

The easiest way to optimize your IT functioning even further is to outsource the RIM process to specialized service providers. They bring all of their experience and expertise into your organization. This means that you can focus on your business strategies and goals, allowing them to focus on the maintenance of your IT systems. This also greatly helps reduce your IT budget because a single, central setup is responsible for the entire IT infrastructure instead of numerous ones whose costs simply add up. Therefore, it’s advisable to jump ship onto RIM as soon as possible to save on mounting IT budgets and to ensure smooth operation.

To know more about TechNEXA’s Remote Infrastructure Management expertise, Contact Us.

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Richa Rajput May 7, 2019 0 Comments

Cloud Computing- A Short Guide and Facts

Cloud adopters are getting the next-gen advantages at a very early stage as companies of all sizes and shapes are adopting this latest technology. Many industry experts believe that this new trend will continue to grow in the upcoming years.

AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a secure cloud platform that offers computing power and other functionality to help the business grow and develop by migrating to the cloud.

With the help of AWS cloud solutions, you can increase the reliability, and flexibility of the applications.

Business problems explained:-

It is difficult to manage data that comes from different sources while running a business?

Not only management is reasonable but identification of efficient infrastructure will deal with the storage of data. “Efficiency” serves big data for companies and shows the concern towards data security. Technologies may secure the data but hacking will remain the concern.

Not every business wants to switch to new technology, as to use a new technology one has to understand that completely.

Technologies with high quality come with an expensive cost which can’t be afforded by small-sized businesses.

What is the solution?

To invest in technology is the most difficult decision but here’s the technological solution that will save time and money.

Cloud computing is the one-step solution that manages your data and it doesn’t limit it to a specific user, as AWS provides the platform for migrating the data with proper security.

 

AWS for all business problems:-

AWS infrastructure gives high technical and physical control over data security options, it tells about the location of content and also about the data management. AWS additional features for the solution include:-

  • Users can use technology anytime, and anywhere.
  • The platform has a recovery plan which strengthens security.
  • One can safely migrate the database.
  • No separate server needed.
  • This technology is easy to understand and installation doesn’t take time.
  • The organization needs to pay what they use.

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