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Five key elements for a successful cloud application migration journey

In the wake of information technology (IT) challenges, many government agencies are considering migrating applications to a cloud while other agencies that have already adopted cloud solutions are continuing migration efforts to maximize their return on investment (ROI).

Introduction

Ongoing budgetary pressures have placed funding constraints on many government agencies, while mandates such as the Federal Government “Cloud First” policy, are requiring IT transformations aimed at lowering IT operational costs and reducing capital investments across servers and data centers. CIOs are under pressure to increase overall efficiencies and enable on-demand capabilities to better support their mission programs. In the wake of these IT challenges, many government agencies are considering migrating applications to a cloud while other agencies that have already adopted cloud solutions are continuing migration efforts to maximize their return on investment (ROI).

  1. Piloting and Building Migration Roadmap
  2. Aligning IT to the Business
  3. Budget and Finance Process Gaps
  4. Security

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Essential elements for paving a successful journey to cloud

While cloud presents opportunities, it is also a disruptive technology. The disruptive nature of cloud demands robust planning, a cohesive framework, and tools to guide and facilitate the migration process. Based on our experience helping government clients with cloud transformation efforts, Deloitte’s Federal Government Practice sees five essential elements that CIOs and key stakeholders should understand and take into account before beginning their journey to cloud.

  • Take a holistic approach
  • Pilot before building a roadmap
  • Align IT to the business
  • Reengineer financial and business processes
  • Secure your data

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Journey begins with understanding cloud and adopting a holistic and agile approach

The journey to cloud begins with the right understanding of how cloud could impact the agency mission and program objectives. Whether the focus is on building a private cloud capability or consuming public cloud resources, it is imperative that CIOs understand that deploying applications to cloud is more than just an IT activity. Cloud delivers many IT capabilities, and it also provides business an opportunity to do things differently and drive innovation. A successful application migration requires better understanding and assessment of people and processes in addition to fully grasping technology capabilities. Moreover, the leading CIOs are viewing cloud adoption as a journey and not a sprint.

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Conclusion

​Adoption to cloud is a journey and not a sprint. This understanding is quintessential for a successful cloud journey. Moving applications and workloads to cloud is not a silver bullet and requires a holistic approach comprising of multiple perspectives and collaboration points across IT and business units. The art of cherry-picking applications to deploy to cloud may only result in sub-optimal gains. Every application behaves differently and has a unique set of requirements, which often requires a hybrid set of configurations to deploy to cloud.

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