New IBM Cloud White Paper - Guiding the Cloud Application Decision with the IBM Cloud Transformation Advisor #IBMCloud
Brian M O’Curran July 26 2011 11:07:09 PMWe are pleased to announce the availability of the latest IBM Cloud White Paper - Guiding the cloud application decision with the IBM Cloud Transformation Advisor. Most organizations are considering whether a cloud delivery model is appropriate for particular applications and how best to evaluate the opportunity and develop a plan that supports desired business outcomes. IBM has developed a methodology and tool for determining how to approach these decisions and optimize the benefits from applications being delivered from a cloud environment.
To learn more about this approach, you can find a copy of the white paper here on ibm.com/services/cloud
Cloud-delivered applications provide many business benefits such as scalability based on business demand, the ability to maximize resource usage, expansion of services, maximization of software and hardware investment,and the standardization and ease of use of IT resources. When considering whether to move an application to the cloud, it is important to consider both the business purpose of the application and the role that application plays in supporting business and IT strategies. This context is important for considering whether to transition an application to a cloud environment, or whether to re-architect or “transform” the application – and if so, how to do it. IBM has developed a unique methodology and tool for determining how to approach these decisions and optimize the benefits from applications being delivered from a cloud environment.
EVALUATING CLOUD APPLICATIONS
When considering cloud delivery, one of the major challenges faced by enterprises is the lack of the right implementation
plan for moving existing applications to the cloud. Adapting an application for cloud delivery requires up-front analysis and
planning. Enterprises often limit cloud deployment to new applications without fully considering if, and if so how, existing
applications can be transitioned. In some cases, business and IT objectives and conditions warrant larger, more comprehensive changes to an application that is moving to the cloud than are possible under the transition approach. For clients who have made the decision to transform an application, IBM has developed a comprehensive methodology to help inform and guide the migration process. This methodology is encapsulated in the IBM Cloud Transformation Advisor.
The Cloud Transformation Advisor provides a systematic consulting method and knowledge base for facilitating the transformation of enterprise applications for cloud environments. This is accomplished by applying standardized, repeatable and reusable processes and work products, thereby saving time and money. The approach behind the Cloud Transformation Advisor ensures that desired cloud capabilities are based on enterprise business motivations and realistic business scenarios, ensuring that the application functions in the way it was intended to do so. The tool enables informed decision-making based on quantitative analyses with well documented rationales, and provides a mechanism that helps to ensure accurate, business-driven decisions are made.
If you are interested in a briefing or would like to speak to one of the authors about applying the approach to your own environment, please contact me.
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