CLOSE

Ask an Expert

Login

CONTACT US
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Legacy to Cloud: How to Get Started

Cloud adoption has increased in every industry worldwide and is projected to continue this trend. According to the 2021 Legacy-to-Cloud survey, 40 percent of enterprises with at least a million dollars in IT budget are moving to the cloud. This is mostly driven by a demand for more data security, increased productivity, operational efficiency, and scalability.

In the Government sector, the Congressional Research Service says that federal agencies have been shifting their storage needs to cloud-based services since 2009. A lot of companies decide to migrate so they can enjoy the numerous advantages that the cloud offers; these include increased security, more accessibility, collaboration, innovation, and reliability.

Federal government IT spending can also be reduced by moving legacy systems to the cloud. A report by Accenture found that almost 80% of federal IT spending goes towards maintaining legacy systems.

If your agency is ready to get started with your own Cloud journey, consider these tips.

Evaluate legacy systems to determine which can be migrated or upgraded.

Gartner recommends assessing legacy systems using six drivers to see where they can be switched over, and which warrant a complete upgrade. These are categorized into two main categories: business and IT.

Business drivers include business fit, value, and agility. If the legacy application cannot meet the new demands of digitalization, then an upgrade is in order. Similarly, evaluate them according to cost, complexity, and risk; if keeping legacy systems comes with high costs that cannot be justified or a lot of security vulnerabilities, an upgrade may be more ideal.

Focus on mission-critical applications.

Instead of merely focusing on the technologies, federal agencies should also adopt applications according to their mission requirements. A modular cloud model is best for organizations that want to modify their architecture as required by its programs and initiatives.

Government agencies that successfully moved legacy applications to the cloud started by engaging their end-users and stakeholders throughout the modernization process, as is the case with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Treasury . The DOD turned to automated technologies to vet programming codes and test their applications. Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security deployed an enterprise-wide cost collection and data analysis process to track and measure commodity IT against their consolidation, optimization, and savings targets.

To meet mission requirements while also modernizing, there are several pathways for government agencies to pick from, including:

  • Encapsulating: extending application features by making their data and functions available as services through an API or an application programming interface
  • Rehosting: redeploying application components to the cloud architecture without changing application codes, functions, or features
  • Rearchitecting: changing application codes to allow for better capabilities
  • Replacing: rewriting whole application components to factor in new requirements and needs

Modernize according to optimal value.

Evaluate the best cloud adoption approach according to your organization’s technology, architecture, and functionality requirements, while measuring it against costs and risks. It is also important to partner with a technology provider that specializes in accelerating digital transformation in the public sector.

Dynamic Systems, Inc is an award-winning Digital Transformation partner for federal agencies. Our team of experts can help your organization design your infrastructure modernization and migration to the Cloud, as well as test and launch new products by leveraging the Dynamic Innovation Hub. Our Trusted Extension Desktop also allows migration to newer Oracle platforms.

Migrating to the Cloud is not just a technology infrastructure upgrade, it is a journey that leads to total digital transformation –– if done right. Get in touch with us today!

Lack of Management Support in Project Management

Insufficient Resources in Project Management

Hardware and Software: Why Both Need to be Secured in the Cloud

Dynamic Systems Enabling Companies To Realize the Transformative Power of the Cloud

How to Navigate the Cloud Migration Process with Little to No Disruption

Cloud Technology: How to Find a Winning Strategy

The Evolution of Project Lifecycle Management

Ready for the Cloud? Move and Modernize Your Workloads with Dynamic Systems

What Does It Mean to Move to The Cloud

Legacy to Cloud: Who Is The Right Vendor?

CMMC: Where Does Your Company Fit In

How Defense Contractors Can Achieve CMMC Compliance

CMMC Requirements: Levels 1-5 Explained

Why Choose Dynamic Systems for Your Move from Legacy to Cloud

Migrating Legacy Apps to the Cloud: Dynamic Systems for Business Continuity

Extending Life Cycle of Mission Critical Systems with Dynamic Systems

Multi-Factor Authentication

Agilists, Assemble!

Hardware and Software: Why Both Need to be Secured in the Cloud

5 Best Practices for Federal IT Modernization

A Road Map for Federal Agencies Adopting Cloud-based Applications

Ineffective Communication in Project Management

Finding the Best Platform for Each Job at Your Modern Federal Agency

Simplifying Edge Infrastructure Security And Management

Myths Impacting IT Modernization In Federal Government

Enabling “Edge to Cloud” in Modern Federal IT

SPARC Server Migration: Here’s All You Need To Know

Best Practices in Moving, Storing, and Processing Data – From Edge to Cloud

Specialized Data Center: Design and Manage Government Data Centers with Security in Mind

Project Management Challenges in Government

Cloud Readiness Assessment:
Are You Thinking About Moving to the Cloud?
Are You Ready to Move to the Cloud?

Cloud Computing: The Future of Government IT Innovation