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Cloud Migration Consideration Resource Guide

 

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Singapore Cloud data migration

In today’s world, it is a goal for every organization to keep their on-premises system at an efficient cost, up to date. And when migrating any workload to a new environment, whether it be another datacenter, or to a public cloud, your IT team should have a clear set of goals for migration in mind.

Note that both technology-focused and business-focused goals motivate potential migrations, but any such effort should result in indirect benefits to the organization’s business.

 

Some example goals that cause workload owners to consider migrations include:

  • Addressing the hardware obsolescence cycle. Networking, storage, and computer hardware typically has a 3-5 year lifespan. After that time, the hardware becomes increasingly expensive to maintain. When new hardware is ordered, and software migrated, the cycle starts again. Many organizations want a way out of this expensive planned obsolescence cycle.
  • Moving away from the ‘pre-purchase capacity’ model. When purchasing hardware, organizations must pre-purchase enough capacity to grow into over a 3 to 5-year period. Organizations desire the ability to pay only for the capacity required at that moment, and to be able to scale workloads up, down, in, and out as demand dictates.
  • Lack of IT agility. A perceived slowness in IT responding to business needs can translate into missed opportunities. Organizations want to have IT respond quickly with robust, modern solutions when a business opportunity presents itself.
  • Desire to re-focus on core competencies. Organizations whose core purpose is not related to managing complex data center deployments may eventually want to shed competing interests and focus on improving their core business.
  • Expense of maintaining a global presence. Organizations that have customers all over the world want to serve that distributed user base well. But maintaining datacenter deployments in many, geographically dispersed locations, is complex and expensive.
  • Enable disaster-recovery scenarios. Business continuity and disaster recovery are critical concerns that keep business leaders up at night. But enabling these scenarios has typically been prohibitively expensive and extremely complex.

When planning for migration of workloads to Cloud, consider three phases: Discover, Migrate and Optimize.

Steps to Cloud Migration

 

Discover. In the Discover phase, you work to get better visibility of applications, workloads, and data in your environment, and assess the optimal resource level to run them in Cloud. Use this information to help decide which workloads to move. Cloud Migrate is the primary tool for this and includes:

  • Automated server, app, and database discovery.
  • Intelligent workload right-sizing and costing for maximum ROI.
  • Workload configuration analyses and recommendations.

Migrate. In the Migrate phase, you move selected workloads to Cloud. There are a variety of sources including physical servers and virtualized workloads hosted in Hyper-V or VMware environments. Cloud Site Recovery is the primary tool in this area and includes:

  • Lifting and shifting of servers, apps, databases, and data.
  • Containerization of existing applications and infrastructure.
  • Modernization options for apps and databases.

Optimize. In the Optimize phase, you fine-tune your Cloud-based workloads and maximize your ROI. There are many Cloud partners to help you with backup, monitoring, security assessments, and cost management and you can consider INET for those services.

In conclusion, the Cloud Migration service assesses on-premises workloads for migration, and the service examines the migration suitability of on-premises machines, performance-based sizing, and provides cost estimations for running your on-premises machines in Cloud. If you’re contemplating lift-and-shift migrations, or are in the early assessment stages of migration, this service is for you.

If you would like to host or migrate your business data onto the cloud, consider I-Net Dynamics’ expertise as a Microsoft Gold partner and many years of experience in assisting countless customers in getting their business application and data on the cloud. Contact us here today! 

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Dynamics 365 ERP: A New Cloud Solution with Minimal Risk

 

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Written by Xuan Luan for I-Net Dynamics

The risk of developing a new business centered solution lies within the ability to bring new offerings to the market at an accelerated pace. Building a new cloud-based solution and launching it in the market sounds like an expensive and daunting endeavour that requires a significant amount of effort and resources. This may lead to the reluctance of investing in a new offering or platform and choosing to watch from the side-lines, whilst other players in the market are willing to take the risk and make the first move.

In this era of digital transformation, our clients are not the only players that are being forced to keep up with the rapid changes in technology, it is also essential for the business to stay relevant. According to several analysts and research firms, it is said that the global cloud-based solution application market is steadily increasing by over 30% per annum. Therefore, by allowing any potential fear of risk, market failure, and uncertainty get in the way, it will cause this incredible opportunity of gaining an early share in the market slip past your fingers.

To not lose out in the market while staying on par with other players that have taken a step ahead. Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a single end to end solution for managing finances, operations, sales, and customer services like no other software on the market. But keep in mind that Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the full power of proven dynamics and view to the cloud and has at its foundation a set of trusted proven technologies that have served 160,000 customers and million of users worldwide.

We will go through the best practices that will help to reduce the potential risks while developing a new business central solution.

In an on-premises world, the traditional Linear software design approach is often used, which includes various sequential stages such as; requirements definition, analysis, design, development, testing, deployment and more.

Linear Software Design Approach

This approach was first introduced in the manufacturing and construction industries; where the highly structured physical conditions implied that the plan turned out to be restrictively exorbitant much earlier in the development process. This method fits in well for projects with distinct requirements and certainty, but it lacks when there are changes and uncertainty. There is an inevitable high level of risk when taking this approach, due to the long duration required with results that only appear in the latter part of the process. The greatest weakness of this method is that the original requirements are often wrong, and customer validation, as well as feedback, does not happen until the final stage.

In order to leverage an agile or lean approach that will breaks the development cycle into two to four-week incremental steps, with feedback and validation occurring frequently, and much earlier in the process. This will greatly reduce the latent risk. We recommend a rapid and minimum viable approach by using the Lean Development Approach with 3 core steps:

Lean Development Approach

  • Analyze and understand the customer’s root problems and pains.
  • Quickly build a minimum viable product.
  • Test and validate the product with customers early and throughout the process.

Once feedback is received, you may need to pivot, modify, and release again. The stages are then repeated and iterated again.

Following that, research has shown that companies are 25% more productive when they employ a high rate of lean and agile development methods and are able to introduce a product into the market 50 percent quicker.


If you are looking for a new cloud solution to manage your business processes but do not have the investment available for an in-house system, do consider Dynamics 365 ERP solution as an option.

With knowledgeable engineers that assist you with training through to the support and maintenance of your system, our I-Net Dynamics team has the capabilities to handle them. Contact us here for more information!