Today, enterprises worldwide are moving towards a cloud-first strategy with the promise of benefits like agility, scalability, and innovation-at-speed.
However, migrating to the cloud can also present issues with security, compliance, performance, and more. As a result, it’s critical for businesses to understand the types of application and infrastructure monitoring, analytics, and performance information needed for successful migration.
To gain more insight into the best practices and KPIs for cloud migration, IDC surveyed 600 global enterprise decision makers about their cloud migration challenges and the information they needed to make informed decisions before, during, and post-migration.
Below are key findings from the IDC white paper, Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration (August 2017), sponsored by AppDynamics.
Application Performance Management (APM) is Imperative to Support Effective Migration
To make smarter migration decisions, surveyed respondents reported a need for insight into KPIs for business and technical metrics, end user experience and business impact analysis, cloud capacity utilization, and cost-per-application evaluation. IDC’s research shows that application performance monitoring and analytics shed light onto these KPIs, making APM increasingly required to support effective planning and validation.
Cost Savings are the Biggest Benefit Expected of Migration to Cloud Infrastructure
Some 60% of respondents indicate that IT and development cost savings are the most important business benefits expected from migration. While the survey suggests that these expectations are often met, it’s important to note that this requires modernization of application architectures, supporting technology, people, and processes. In support of this, IDC highlights that containers are playing an increasing role in successful cloud migration, with almost two-thirds of surveyed respondents either currently containerizing new or existing applications, or planning to implement containers to support existing applications.
iOS and Android Applications are the Least Likely to Have Current or Planned Migrations
Enterprises no longer fear migrating existing applications. Nearly half (45.9%) of the respondents said they’ve already migrated some custom-developed browser-based applications to the cloud, and another 38.7% plan to do so within the next two years. Interestingly, iOS and Android applications are currently the least likely to have been migrated to date, but are important priorities for the next two years.
AppDynamics’ Role in Cloud Migration
The AppDynamics platform gives your enterprise real-time, end-to-end data about your users, transactions, code, and infrastructure to arm you with the information you need to support your application migration to the cloud. AppDynamics’ APM solution plays a central role in any cloud journey by offering:
- Breadth of visibility into complex and distributed applications, including every dependency, user experience, and transaction to help accelerate cloud migration evaluation and planning.
- Pre and post-move business and technical KPI assessments to prove migration success.
- End user experience and business impact analysis of cloud computing.
For additional data and insights, download the IDC white paper now: Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration.