Digital Transformation Planning

Digital Transformation Roadmaps are developed through a process of Cloud Solution Design – Translating your organizations digital goals into a specific set of Cloud service deliverables. Depending on your Business Requirements, any number of Cloud service options might be the best fit for you, such as:

  • Setting up a small business e-commerce site on Shopify
  • Moving to Google Apps email and adopting a new set of office collaboration practices
  • Migrating old IT applications to IaaS providers for improved resilience and reliability
  • Transforming your software development team to adopt DevOps practices
  • Modernizing and migrating an entire estate of hundreds of applications…

..among many others, with one or more of them being the best combination for your organizations needs.

Digital Transformation Lifecycle

Therefore the first step is to quantify the scope of your Cloud migration requirements, and from this identify the required skills and Cloud services. Digital Tranformation Planning is the process of conducting this analysis and mapping exercise and formulating the required answers and implementation plan.

PhaseKey Activities and References
Transform PlanningGiven this breadth and depth of potential Cloud migration scenarios the first key step is to understand and quantify the scope of the exercise. The OMG's Architecture Driven Modernization best practices provide an ideal framework that can encompass the most complex of enterprise scenarios.

This scope can then be fleshed out and used to populate a process of Cloud Solution Design.
Cloud MigrationWith the required Cloud services identified a process of Cloud Migration can plan and implement their adoption including data and application transfers.
Cloud Operate and ManageImplement ongoing Application Operations utilizing 'Infrastructure as Code' best practices.

Use Case Studies

These case studies provide examples of the different scopes and drivers of Cloud Migrations that are defined in Architecture Driven Modernization.

ScopeProviderCase Study
Lift and ShiftAzureMicrosoft HCP - Microsoft had a zero downtime requirement for their highly sensitive customer privacy system, migrating it entirely as is from on premise to Azure.
Database Modernization and MigrationAWSNetflix - Netflix wanted to shift from on premise Oracle databases to a Cloud Native approach, migrating core billing systems to AWS and also to a new Cassandra / MySQL database platform.
Application TransformationAzureMicrosoft MS Sales - Microsoft's core Revenue Reporting system had reached the limits of both the underlying infrastructure and also the application functionality essential to agile competitiveness.

It was identified that Lift and Shift only would not address the latter challenge, and so additionally the apps were modernized for Azure PaaS to leverage a Microservices and Big Data architecture.