One of the more pressing issues currently faced by enterprises involves overcoming roadblocks along the path to application and service migration. As Frost & Sullivan analyst Karyn Price noted in a recent blog post, the majority of IT decision makers have found cloud migration challenging enough to pose a major constraint for IT.
The Challenges of a Cloud Migration
These challenges arise from multiple sources, from bandwidth capacity constraints caused by migrating large datasets to the migrated data being the incorrect format for the cloud service to properly input. Migrations may also highlight other challenges faced by organizations looking to transition into the cloud:
- Data classification requirements often pose a challenge for enterprise IT, as numerous organizations have inadvertently allowed sensitive data to migrate into the public cloud. Many companies fail to define policies that govern what type of data can and can’t be migrated.
- Organizations must grapple with the possibility of vendor lock-in and the lack of comprehensive services that ensure a smooth migration of data and systems to other environments without compatibility issues.
- Differences in security controls between in-house and cloud provider environments often result in flawed and failed deployments due to the existing gaps in security coverage. IT decision makers also fail to perform due diligence when it comes to assessing service provider security capabilities, including compliance with HIPAA, PCI DSS, and other regulatory mandates.
Despite offering limited automation capability, migrations are not a part of that toolset. Because of this lack of automated migration features, many organizations are forced to turn to customized solutions from partners and service providers.
What organizations need, however, is a comprehensive, cloud-agnostic end-to-end migration service. Unfortunately, most providers lack the ability to provide such a full-fledged solution for tackling today’s cloud migration challenges. According to Price, this lack of service will continue to be a pain point for enterprise IT unless providers develop an end-to-end cloud-agnostic service that addresses the above issues.
Introducing such services into the enterprise IT environment will allow service providers to take advantage of burgeoning opportunities to further aid organizations in surmounting their cloud migration challenges.
How App Deployments Are Unified by Workflow Automation
As organizations transition further into the digital sphere, Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments are becoming increasingly common as a way to streamline workflows and improve communication. However, SaaS deployments are often conducted by lines of business, which often results in a lack of integration with other areas of the organization. This potential disconnect can disrupt collaboration efforts across dispersed locations and prevent organizations from connecting workflows across multiple lines of business.
Fortunately, these issues can be mitigated with the help of workflow automation platforms designed to integrate, sync, and create business processes for SaaS applications used throughout various lines of business. These platforms are capable of automating processes between collaboration platforms and enterprise content management systems while supporting mobile users and bridging gaps between on-premises and cloud-based workflows.
To learn more about how eXemplify can help your company surmount its cloud migration challenges, contact us for a no-obligation consultation today.