IT migration to the cloud is the most critical, the most complex process and the most expensive one as well. The vast majority of large companies operate the software solutions developed directly for them and generally not available from providers of cloud services, in their internal infrastructure. Another factor affecting the transfer of the company’s internal infrastructure to the cloud is the interconnection of individual information systems. To achieve identical internal interconnection of information systems in the cloud is a big challenge. It is the availability of applications that are fully functional in the cloud and their integration according to the client´s requirements that represents one of the highest expense items when migrating IT infrastructure to the cloud. Therefore, the price of the migration itself is to be well considered before migrating the IT infrastructure into the cloud environment.
In the past the company spent a lot for the existing infrastructure and the migration to the environment close to the existing structure requires additional financial resources
Recent experience has shown that when transferring the application developed for the specific requirements into the cloud environment it is inevitable to reckon with the development of a new application.
The companies have slowly learned that technology and data do not have to have under their own roof . Or, if necessary, it is always possible to find a compromise between what the company needs to have at home and what can be effectively rented from the cloud. Thus the offer of all types of cloud services has been growing. The initial costs of using the cloud can still be high due to the integration among applications, especially when migrating existing, more complex applications. These costs are usually significantly lower for the newly developed applications whose design and architecture is designed to operate in the cloud. The costs of migration of either a part or of the whole IT environment to the cloud may discourage the company from transferring to the cloud, so it is recommended to itemize ROI costs of the transition to the cloud in detail. High quality ROI analysis can be a decisive factor for the company managers when considering the adoption of strategic decisions on the future company development
To make your decision making easier, we recommend the publication “Migrating to the Cloud” by Dr. Tobias Hollwarth where you can find all relevant information that can help you make the right decisions.