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Seeing tomorrow and acting today: three steps for CIOs to ensure successful mission-critical platform migrations

Albert Koh, Director & General Manager, Technology Services, Enterprise Group, HP Singapore | July 1, 2015
Albert Koh of HP Singapore provides tips for CIOs on ways to convince the business to act early and ensure a successful migration.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

System downtime is something every CIO fears. For companies like online retailers, airlines and banks, which run live applications involving numerous customer transactions, just a few minutes of downtime can result in severe business disruption, loss in revenue and very disgruntled customers. In fact, Emerson Network Power and Ponemon Institute found that just one minute of data center downtime now costs the average enterprise about US $7,900.

While mission-critical workloads keep growing, databases are becoming overloaded and ageing IT infrastructure is struggling to keep pace. There's an urgent need to invest and migrate to faster, more flexible platforms to keep critical business applications running because companies can no longer afford to tolerate application downtime.

As a CIO, you can play a key role in helping your business avoid disastrous downtime and service disruptions by providing the foresight to migrate applications onto modern platforms. But to do so, you need to successfully convince your business leaders that migrations are not just an IT problem, and that ignoring the risks can have devastating consequences on the entire company.

The good news is that typical platform migrations result in an average 50 percent to 70 percent reduction in total cost of ownership. Eliminating IT sprawl also frees up resources leading to impressive agility, greater system reliability and a foundation for improved business performance.

However, migrations need careful planning and business buy-in right from the start.They are often associated with operational challenges during implementation and perceived as too expensive. As a result, many businesses delay critical platform migrations - sometimes for years - until it's absolutely necessary. But by then it may be too late.

So how can you convince your business to act early and ensure a successful migration?

The key is to anticipate problems with an action plan in advance, while clearly articulating the business benefits of a well-planned migration. Far too often, business leaders underestimate how long it takes to plan and undertake a successful mission-critical IT migration. As a result, important steps are rushed or overlooked, leading to vulnerabilities that can prove costly to the business.Planning a mission-critical migration must start well in advance - up to two or three years before new IT infrastructure is required.

Undertaking a migration can be daunting. However, successful platform migrations have become simpler as effective technologies and methodologies have developed; the process today shouldn't necessarily be associated too closely with yesterday's more laborious processes. The risks can be greatly reduced by following these three steps,which clearly maps out the scope and scale of the migration at the start of your journey:


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