Self-paid cloud migration: Releasing capital from ageing infrastructure

Keeping pace with today’s digitised business environment is an ongoing challenge for most organisations. In order to stay relevant, IT needs to innovate rapidly and respond to almost constant business and technological changes.

While the rise of cloud computing solutions has enabled many organisations to transform digitally and to adopt more agile ways of doing business, this innovation comes at a price. With today’s budget restraints it can seem virtually impossible to address every business demand effectively.

As a result, organisations will often go for a quick win by prioritising the areas of their business that are simple and cost-effective to modernise rather than those that will bring the most business value. For the organisation that needs to compete and disrupt digitally, this approach is far from perfect.

Legacy Systems: The Business Threats And Limitations

One area of digital transition that is posing a particular challenge for many CIOs is the modernisation of their legacy applications. These systems are still offering tremendous business value, and yet they sit on a rapidly ageing and fragile infrastructure that is becoming increasingly costly and challenging to support.

Common issues with legacy applications include:

  • High staffing and maintenance costs
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • Limited functionality that impacts growth and innovation

Built in a time where today’s stringent compliance and security standards simply did not exist, legacy applications were originally designed predominantly with functionality in mind. As security threats and compliance standards have become more prevalent over the years, IT teams have been faced with the task of constantly customising or “patching” these systems to push them into a state of compliance — a costly and risky practice.

The question is no longer whether or when to modernise, but how to do so with the least cost and disruption to the business. With money tied up in managing legacy applications for the foreseeable future, modernisation of these business systems may seem like an almost impossible task. It is a dilemma, and one which could limit business operations and have a negative impact on business performance.

The question is no longer whether or when to modernise, but how to do so with the least cost and disruption to the business.

Ageing Infrastructure To Agile Environment In Two Steps

Before they can move a single object to the cloud, most organisations face lengthy and complex rebuilds, frustrating delays and considerable downtime. The smart way to go is to find a partner who can eliminate this complexity and reduce project timelines by offering a solution that doesn’t require an upgrade to get started.

  • Step 1: Move it — By transitioning your existing infrastructure to a dedicated cloud, you can migrate without upgrading and realise immediate cost savings that can be used to fund the next stage of your migration. Once this phase is complete, obsolete hardware can be decommissioned, instantly reducing IT maintenance costs.
  • Step 2: Free it — By transitioning to a pure public or hybrid cloud environment you can start to experience the benefits of agile development and deployment. For many organisations this is a valuable time to evaluate the true benefit of their legacy applications, define ownership, retire applications that have come to the end of their lifecycle and prepare their most valuable apps for the future ahead.

Secure An Ongoing Culture Of Relevance

Migrating legacy applications to an agile cloud environment enables organisations to not only protect and better manage these business systems, but to extend their capability with custom interfaces and new functionality. By migrating to a managed cloud environment, the ability to rapidly respond to innovation requests and to scale applications is ensured and the digital business opportunities that were previously inaccessible now come into play.

By migrating your legacy applications and transforming digitally, you can position your organisation to work more intuitively, consistently and intelligently and to distribute your products to a wider audience.

Next generation applications offer new revenue generating opportunities and new directions in which to drive your business. By migrating your legacy applications and transforming digitally, you can position your organisation to work more intuitively, consistently and intelligently and to distribute your products to a wider audience.

What’s more, major players in the application development arena are creating their products with the cloud in mind. Following migration, the vendor partnerships that were previously out of reach due to infrastructure constraints become possible.

What next?

Read the e-guide, Modernise IT with No New Money, to learn more about this new way to transition to a managed cloud environment that pays for itself.


Mike Revitt was the global head of Managed Platform as a Service at DXC Technology, with an emphasis on our Oracle partnership.

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