Order of Operations: Modernize, Automate, Migrate
When it comes to the technology of your business, modernization, automation and cloud migration create a three-headed monster. They all go together, but they can’t all be done together. So in the grand scheme of things, if you can only do one thing at a time, what’s the order of operations to follow? What’s the most cost effective and efficient way to accomplish these tasks? There are really two ways to get this done: waves or slices.
If you go in waves, you’re moving horizontally. It likely means that you have a lot of old and aging systems, you have a lot of problems in a lot of places. So you’re essentially going to start rolling things forward in general. You’re going to start with modernization. As you’re modernizing, you’re looking for ways to automate and/or looking for ways to migrate to the cloud. Determining what system are ready and what systems needs adjustment as proceed.
Ensure you view the process like balancing a budget. You’re investing, but you’re also going to save money. Running new systems is always cheaper than running old systems, and automation means less manpower. The cloud means that you’re paying on demand for scale, so you’re always going to reap some sort of return. You want that return to exceed your investment because that’s your savings.
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Originally published at https://www.pwvconsultants.com on May 27, 2020.