Cloud transformation is a systematic process of transitioning enterprise workloads, data, and applications from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. It is not the same as cloud migration.
Migration involves the actual shift to a cloud like AWS, transformation is a broader and longer process that also involves IT infrastructure modernization, establishing analytics, implementing data governance, and assessing migration risks. A robust transformation process also identifies business priorities and sets digital transformation objectives.
If done right, cloud transformation can boost your organization’s operational efficiency and help create a more agile and cost-effective IT foundation. It can also enable you to avoid technological obsolescence and embrace beneficial – and profitable – automation.
Of course, cloud transformation cannot happen overnight, neither is the process simple. The transformation journey consists of four key phases. It’s crucial to complete all of them for successful cloud transformation.
What is AWS Cloud Transformation?
Here’s what AWS says about cloud-powered digital transformation: “As digital transformation becomes critical to competitiveness, public sector and commercial organizations are accelerating their migration to the cloud.” In simple terms, cloud transformation is vital to achieve digital transformation.
The best way to achieve AWS cloud transformation is to adopt AWS’ proven Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). The CAF identifies organizational capabilities in six key areas that will enable you to undertake and successfully complete your cloud transformation journey.
The 4 Phases of Cloud Transformation with AWS
With the CAF, you may face some pitfalls along your cloud transformation journey. Fortunately, you can avoid these challenges by transforming incrementally and following a systematic approach consisting of four iterative and incremental phases:
Following this approach will help you understand your cloud-readiness, identify gaps and maintain momentum from start to finish. You will also learn from experience to close readiness gaps and evolve the transformation roadmap.
Further, adopting this four-phase method will increase the chances that you will successfully transform your:
If you are looking to future-proof your business processes, increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and boost organizational resilience, consider starting your cloud transformation journey sooner rather than later.