Many enterprise organizations are in the midst of transforming their IT infrastructure and consolidating their data centers. In addition to cost savings, companies are seeing more benefits to IT transformation, including improved disaster recovery and the stronger IT security resulting from the centralization of infrastructure mandates and upgrades.
One global auto manufacturer set forth an ambitious plan to ensure that their IT infrastructure was agile, scalable, and ready to take on the rapid business changes coming down the road. They decided to undertake a complete data center transformation initiative.
The program focused on providing infrastructure to support cohesive, resilient IT operations, successfully migrating the applications to the new infrastructure, improving application performance, and building a technology foundation to support the future needs of several combined IT organizations.
While the upside of such a transformation is significant, problems often develop during the transition process. Such challenges as higher than anticipated costs, failure to address specific business needs, and faulty processes can delay or derail the project. Read about how this auto manufacturer was able to avoid these roadblocks and learn some lessons along the way.
1.. Conduct a thorough discovery process. But don’t stop there. Understand the needs, requirements and gaps before creating your migration plan.
2. Document all existing assets – applications, servers, and other infrastructure — and all dependencies
3. Avoid the nightmares and risks of using spreadsheets to document the information gathered.
4. Create a centralized communications platform so that everyone can track progress, be accountable for their assigned tasks, and are aware of each application’s readiness.
5. Utilize automated “runbooks” to ensure that shutdown, migration and start-up procedures are properly sequenced. These are invaluable to ensure essential steps don’t get missed.
Read MORE: How a Global Auto Manufacturer Got on the Right Road for IT Transformation.
by Craig McFarlane Today’s digital transformation is well underway and it’s raising expectations about how fast IT departments can move.
Constant change is here to stay, and we’ve all got to adapt and get comfortable with it. IT leaders have a unique opportunity to lead their organizations so it can easily adapt to all the changes sparked by today's disruptive technological advancements.
CIO & CTO’s find themselves trying to get out of a traditional data center due to underutilized resources, expensive contracts, and to reduce their IT costs
IT organizations need a platform built specifically for planning, managing, and executing migrations, recovery events, M&As and other transformation projects, end-to-end.
Making decisions using data that is pieced together through a combination of spreadsheets, data exports, and email messages doesn’t provide project teams with a comprehensive understanding of compliance, security and other business requirements. That’s why TDS enhanced its rules engine, making it easy to write simple scripts that apply business rules to data, ensuring that the results will be aligned with business goals.
We continue to evolve TransitionManager’s capabilities, focusing first on what problem we are trying to solve for the customer. For enterprise architects and cloud professionals, finding the right information and leveraging the variety of tools available to plan and manage IT transformation projects is challenging and complex.