There are certain truths to be had:\n\nWhile perhaps not a truth, experts predict that beyond 2022 there will be less focus on multi or hybrid cloud initial adoption, and more focus on matching workload to the right environment. Why? To cater for continued flux, growth, scalability, security, and cost control. All of that before we even think about managing data.\n\nI\u2019d like to widen the migration pool here. A migration in the IT context can be defined as a change in location of application systems or moving data from one environment to another. Broadly, there are four categories of migrations, which are identified as use-cases in Figure 2:\n\nMigrating workloads can involve several steps that require a thorough planning effort, spanning different functions across the organization such as application developers, IT operations, business operations, and cyber security. But wait: a workload migration project can also involve multiple sub-component level migration workstreams for each infrastructure or software component that constitutes the workload. \n\nThe key questions to ask include the following:\n\nQ1: How do I move applications and data without impacting customers and users?\n\nAs soon as customers and users come into the picture it is essential to identify the reason for migration with business goals. Reflecting back to my initial list of truths, a core reason for hybrid or multicloud migration is a lack of preparation at the business level regarding what it means to have cloud as an IT provisioning platform.\n\nThe business case should be built on the competitive advantages (or the organization\u2019s mandates), operational efficiency, and both direct and indirect cost savings. It\u2019s easy enough to say \u201ccloud\u201d or hybrid cloud, but, without a unifying strategy, migrating to or towards cloud can just add complexity and operational impediments.\n\nQ2: What is the best deployment model for my applications and data?\n\nConsistency across their platforms is hardly a priority for the major cloud services providers. In the same way, the cost promise of cloud is a broad-brush concept that isn\u2019t necessarily met uniformly or even at all. Identify suitable workloads for migration, which means the importance of each application is the starting point. Next: identify the ideal platform for the application and why? Critical applications are not only notoriously the most difficult to move, but they support business operations, revenue, and profit, meaning many executives wince at the thought of migration.\n\nA consistent infrastructure helps reduce migration challenges, which in turn enables organizations to move workloads at a much faster rate, should it be needed. The balance between applications and the appropriate platform for each, matched with portability modernization, means constant and ongoing workload rebalancing. Consistent infrastructure is better suited to consistent applications with a \u201cbuild once, run anywhere\u201d application architecture, whereas migration capabilities deliver two-way movement, as needs and business circumstances determine, subject to vendor capabilities or penalties!\n\nIn terms of migration approach, the secret sauce involves automating as much as possible and using a data-based approach in the planning and selection process. This can drastically reduce migration timelines by integrating and streamlining many parts of the process. Your approach should also include tooling for estimating migration costs. A \u201cRight Mix\u201d approach consists of setting a timeline with targets for migration, using software ranging from infrastructure-discovery tools, which can locate and map business processes and actions into vendor workload placement software, to automated questionnaires. Such questionnaires are meant to collate business process data and provide a way to accurately plan a migration. They can be completely agnostic regarding cloud, co-lo, or platform provider, or weighted to follow a predefined business strategy. The idea is to find the best execution venue for workloads after collecting all the relevant data automatically and make decisions based on parameters set by the business.\n\nQ3: What should I consider in \u201cPeople, Process, and Technology\u201d to ensure a successful migration?\n\nThe compatibility of source and destination platforms and the selection of migration tools can impact the speed and cost of migration efforts. Enterprises have typically moved the easy stuff first, like email or CRM, for which there are very mature SaaS platforms. The remaining challenge involves untangling and trying to modernize the rest of their infrastructure or workloads.\n\nMaking an effective case for a migration project depends heavily on citing the right justifications, and those justifications are anchored in people, process, and technology aspects. The considerations should include a broad base of priorities, such as:\n\nUtilizing analysis tooling that assesses functional and operational impact is a great way to go. The results can then be plotted onto an \u201cease vs impact\u201d graph to determine workload migration in appropriate waves.\n\nWhere does that leave us?\n\nWith the right plan, customized to your circumstances and using a tried-and-tested, standardized process, along with a steady, experienced hand at the tiller, your workload migration is more likely to be a painless process, while modernizing your IT operating model, capabilities, and business propensities. Choosing the right partner is as important as any of the criteria already I\u2019ve laid out. Question them. Question their experience working with critical workloads. And question their methodologies.\n\nLearn more about how to successfully migrate your workload here.\n\n\u00b9https:\/\/www.flexera.com\/blog\/cloud\/cloud-computing-trends-2022-state-of-the-cloud-report\/ \u00b2https:\/\/www.bcg.com\/publications\/2020\/increasing-odds-of-success-in-digital-transformation\n\n___________________________________\n\nAbout Ian Jagger\n\nJagger is a content creator and narrator focused on digital transformation, linking technology capabilities expertise with business goals. He holds an MBA in marketing and is a Chartered Marketer. Today, he focuses on digital transformation narrative globally for HPE\u2019s Advisory and Transformation Practice. His experience spans strategic development and planning for Start-ups through to content creation, thought leadership, AR\/PR, campaign program building, and implementation for Enterprise. Successful solution launches include HPE Digital Next Advisory, HPE Right Mix Advisor, and HPE Micro Datacenter.