5 Keys to a Successful Discovery and Assessment for a Successful Microsoft Azure Migration

The Most Crucial Steps in D&A for A Cloud Migration journey in Azure

Cloud migration is the most common trend in the IT industry right now, owing primarily to rapid business innovation. Many businesses who are experiencing problems with their on-premises infrastructure are considering switching to Microsoft Azure. Azure is regarded as one of the major cloud platforms due to its offerings, which include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). However, migrating to Azure requires meticulous preparation, accompanied by a four-step processes: assess, migrate, optimize, secure and manage.

The History of SAP to Cloud Migration

Prior to the introduction of cloud solutions, businesses deployed enterprise software on-premise. The development of on-premise applications within an organization necessitates significant upfront expenses, including procurement of computers, other hardware, as well as charges for software implementation. In terms of servicing and operations, the company utilizing on-premise software is also in charge of software data backup and storage.

A physical data center can be expensive to maintain and manage. However, cloud migration reduces operating costs when cloud service providers take care of data center regulations and updates for a small upfront payment. As it stands, organizations no longer have to think about upfront cost for cloud migration because the solution is off-premise and cloud providers are likely to handle automated upgrades.

Cloud adoption has a number of advantages for businesses, including increased versatility, reduced costs, and quicker rollout. It’s no secret that the cloud is the future. Although, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to cloud inclusion; however, the main transition phases are identical for most businesses. The phases are: strategy, planning, adoption, governance, and monitoring.

What Cannot Be A Part of a Cloud Migration

Just as important as knowing what to migrate to the cloud is knowing what you should not migrate to the cloud from a cost perspective. Often, we check to see if it runs on an effective operating system. In our opinion, mission-critical applications are typically not great choices for migrating first, as any issues they encounter have the potential to trigger broader issues in the enterprise.

As a general rule, the greater the amount of the application that has to be refactored, the longer the process will take. Customers believe that moving applications to the cloud take 60-90 days, but this is not the case. What they don’t know about is how long it takes to get through encryption, set up a network connection, and the software’s capability to transfer to the connected cloud platform. Also, there are psychological aspects of cloud migration, such as anonymity, reliability, and data recovery procedures.

Key Steps in D&A For Cloud Migration


You can’t migrate until you understand what SAP and non saP infrastructure already have in place. Groups inside your organization may work in silos by function, sometimes even unknowingly depending on your organization’s size and the number of office locations. Getting a full picture of what is working likely won’t be available to your IT department.


SAP to cloud migration is full of lessons for even long-time cloud-first organizations to learn, such as how the measuring of incorrect metrics hampers real improvement over time. For example, your company has a legacy application that’s up and running and meeting its SLA. The associated network usage associated with the app is also meeting its SLA. The user experience is inadequate (slow response time) and may not be measurable. In this case, how do you know how much storage to use? These are factors you must consider when migrating.


This portion is the transition period as your cloud team starts to transition on to the project. For us, we help our customers who kicked off the project since phase 1, can now can kick start critical cloud operations activities such as checking metrics, SLA management, cloud services optimization, and of course, cloud security.

Secure and Manage

Treat your first projects through your new toolchain as pilot projects. Also, you should factor time into your project sprints to collecting reporting from the tools and feedback from your teams to instill a continuous improvement approach well into cloud operations.

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