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The Anatomy of a Successful Application Modernization
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Part 5

How to Migrate Successfully

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Today, applications are at the heart of every organization. And developers are the driving force supporting your business' goals, allowing it to grow and innovate as new technologies emerge. But if your business isn’t set up for success, from a technology, talent and processes perspective, the risk of failure increases. And it continues to increase with every missed opportunity to modernize and transform for the future.

Application modernization takes the workloads you’ve traditionally run on on-premises equipment and transforms them into cloud-native applications, built to grow with your company. It’s about getting more out of your existing systems and leveraging that transformation to support a cloud-native infrastructure.

A research from Gartner found that 85% of organizations planned to embrace a cloud-first strategy in the next three years, to leverage some of the cloud’s advantages, including agility, scalability, cost reduction, profitability, and increased innovation.

The pandemic has changed the way we work and live, but it has also accelerated the digital transformation that many companies are undergoing. According to Couchbase, 90% of enterprises have changed the way they budget for digital transformation, with investments in modernization efforts now expected to grow by 46% over the next year.

Couchbase also found that 95% of respondents have implemented or identified digital transformation opportunities that would not have been realistic at the end of 2019, with 46% transitioning to the cloud and 42% replacing legacy technology and processes.

So how do you migrate to the cloud effectively?

How to Migrate to the Cloud with a Strategic Approach

In order to successfully migrate to the cloud, organizations should take a strategic and tailored approach considering the reality and the needs of the business. Additionally, for a successful migration, it’s essential to leverage the cloud providers’ best practices known as the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) and Well-Architected Framework (WAF). These frameworks will propel your modernization without sacrificing cost, security, governance and compliance.

A methodical approach is essential, which involves assessing your needs, planning rigorously, deploying smoothly, and optimizing consistently while ensuring security and quality are integrated into every stage of the project, using the latest DevOps and DevSecOps principles and best practices.

To achieve these goals for our clients, we follow a four-stage process:


The first step is to assess your entire "digital estate" to understand all the applications, workloads, environments, dependencies, costs, and potential risks associated with your migration. We apply the best practices of cloud providers such as CAF and WAF to ensure that the business and technology are on the same page. We also provide you with a total cost of ownership report that clearly lays out the cost of the final solution.


Armed with our assessment, we build a reference architecture to modernize your current legacy application architecture. Our solution is tailored to your goals and strategy while keeping in mind identity management, organizational structure, networking, and security requirements. In this phase, we help you develop a migration strategy and prioritize which workloads will be moved to the cloud in the next phase.


We deploy a reference architecture that serves as the cloud infrastructure and enforce any governance, security, and legal requirements. Workloads are moved to the cloud in the priority order we’ve jointly established with you. We may refine the reference architecture to identify and apply any necessary changes.


The final stage is optimization, where we continuously monitor, manage, and optimize your cloud environment to ensure that it's running efficiently and cost-effectively. This includes regular reviews of performance, cost, security, and compliance, as well as proactive maintenance and upgrades to keep your systems up-to-date and secure.

By following this four-stage process, we ensure that your cloud migration is achieved with speed and quality, while maintaining the highest standards of security and compliance.

Ready to Migrate to the Cloud?

We know the answer is a resounding "yes!" for most businesses. As technology advances at a breakneck pace, cloud adoption is no longer a matter of if, but when. With Architech's Cloud Adoption and Well-Architected frameworks, we're ready to meet you where you are and provide the expertise and guidance you need to move to the cloud with confidence.

Our approach to cloud migration focuses on four key stages to ensure your migration is successful and fully integrated with your business objectives. At every stage, we prioritize security, cost-effectiveness, quality, governance, and compliance to ensure that your cloud environment is optimized for your business needs.

Our team of experts will work closely with you to identify the best migration strategy for your organization, taking into account your goals, priorities, and limitations. Whether you're migrating or modernizing your infrastructure, our cloud-native solutions will provide the scalability, security, and agility you need to stay ahead of the curve. Let us help you unlock the full potential of the cloud and position your business for long-term growth and success.

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Architecture Practice Area Lead, Architech

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