Automate Cloud Migration Services to Speed Digital Transformation and Modernization

By Kriti Adlakha posted 12-16-2019 14:24


Guest Contributors:
Gard Little, Vice President, Global Services markets and Trends and 
Peter Marston, Research Director, Application Development, Testing, and Management Services

With the advent of cloud automation services, there has never been a better time to plan a move to cloud. Businesses that haven’t started this journey can get on the fast track now by taking advantage of cloud service provider programs that combine the latest autonomous features with services based on lessons learned and best practices, reducing the time and cost associated with cloud migration.

Automation of standardized cloud migration services can help organizations to more quickly implement digital transformation initiatives while using fewer internal resources. When standard cloud migration tasks are automated, IT staff are freed to focus on higher value-added activities such as deriving better data-driven insights or managing more complex hybrid or multicloud delivery models.

Given today’s need for improved business agility and responsiveness, IT organizations face pressure to complete full application life cycles more quickly. As enterprises advance their application deployment methods to match more dynamic business needs, application delivery teams face new challenges. While cloud applications can be easier to configure and to roll out in some technical ways, the problems of integration, testing, training, and change management remain. Working with an experienced cloud advisor can position a company to fully realize the potential of application modernization. Adding a modernization phase allows an organization to refactor applications and redesign data sources to unlock much more value than a simple lift-and-shift migration.

Before starting the cloud migration process, an organization should conduct a thorough assessment of its cloud strategy and business objectives with an experienced cloud partner. IDC believes that when choosing a cloud automation services provider, a business should:

»      Make cultural fit a priority

»      Think about application service provider relationships over the long haul

»      Align its application modernization needs with provider strengths

Cloud as a delivery model is encouraging increased automation of the associated migration services. This next evolution of cloud professional services is not only about delivering IT at a lower cost but also about automation for accuracy, acceleration of migration, and more secure access to information for the overall business.

Learn more about reaping the value of automated cloud migration services by reading the IDC Technology Spotlight, “Accelerating Cloud Migration Services Through Automation Delivers Multiple Benefits ,” sponsored by Hitachi Vantara.



Gard Little is Vice President for IDC's Global Services Markets and Trends research team, with program leaders that focus on Worldwide Services, IT consulting and systems integration, product engineering, both digital strategy and agency services, and digital transformation professional services.  His core research spans both business consulting and digital transformation which includes analyzing customer demand and vendor offerings for building new business processes, organizations and systems using cloud, business analytics, enterprise mobility and social business technologies.

Peter Marston is Research Director for IDC, responsible for the Application Development, Testing, and Management Services (ADTMS) practice.  He develops research focused on the lifecycle of application services markets which include Custom Application Development (CAD), testing, Application Management (AM), also referred to as ADM (Application Development and Maintenance), and Hosted Application Management (HAM). Mr. Marston's research also reviews how modern technology platforms, service delivery methodologies for application lifecycle management, as well as contractual relationships are evolving and shaping the application services markets.