How to Efficiently Transform and Evaluate Cost Data to Make Decisions About Your Applications

How can you efficiently transform data so you can make decisions about your applicationsOur customers love how TransitionManager normalizes and transforms data from systems across their enterprise to make it actionable. Our ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) engine filters out noise so IT can focus on the critical data points for the project at hand. And, ETL scripts are easy to modify to meet changing needs, or prioritize different data sources. In our latest product release, we’ve made the process even more efficient. We’ve combined our ETL functionality that allows you to transform data with the ability to make bulk changes to multiple assets.

That means that when doing analysis and planning within TransitionManager, customers can identify and evaluate key data points from asset records, and based on the output, assign new values to assets or make changes to a group of assets. During a cloud adoption project, teams may have decided to assign tags to apps with less than 3 dependencies and that run on a specific OS version as easy to migrate to the cloud.

Let’s look at how this could expedite a cost analysis as an example.

Many products help you assess the cost of migrating to the cloud – but the cost is typically only based on the cost of moving servers. If you want to leverage all the data points about each app that are important to your organization along with the cost of the servers the app runs on, it requires lots of data entry and spreadsheet analysis.

With TransitionManager, it’s as easy as writing a script that will evaluate the cost of each sever application an app requires, whether or not the servers are shared with other apps, and other requirements the app may have for bandwidth or other factors. If you have app performance monitoring tools or cloud assessment tools you can also leverage the data points from those products in your ETL.

With TransitionManager, it’s all about understanding your apps and evaluating and transforming the data you already have to help you make better decisions. Cost is just one important factor when making decisions about your applications. Just as its important to consider how the application’s purpose aligns with business priorities, how it is inter-dependent with other applications and servers and how much storage it requires, your IT team can incorporate cost and other critical factors into your decision making

In short, here’s how it helps:

1. It will save you time

The beauty of bulk ETL lies in its ability to collect, transform and assemble data in an automated manner, thus saving users the time and effort of doing so manually. Gone are the days when rows and rows of data would be imported and analyzed manually, requiring highly skilled engineers to do lots of tedious, time consuming tasks. And with cost analysis incorporated, it makes it easy to lay all the facts in front of you and make decisions that are going to save you time (and save your company money).

2. Complex data is no longer a roadblock

Your application environment is sure to be complex and dispersed across your organization. To start with, it probably includes different servers, uses, costs, and dependent applications. Then add in dependencies, current use and priority to the business. And you can easily have yourself an even more complicated toolbox of tools to help you and struggle with managing it all. Our ETL feature can take that hassle away from you.

3. Human error is not an issue anymore

As careful as engineers may be with their data, they are not really immune to making mistakes. No one is, for that matter. And a mistake in the early stages of the application analysis process can be critical. One mistake will lead to another will lead to another – it’s a chain reaction and could cause serious disruption to your business. An ETL engine that marries data with all the business facts and pulls it into one actionable view can help you avoid that.

4. It is the path to better decision-making

By automating crucial data processes and minimizing the chance of error, you make sure that the data you get to analyze is of the highest quality possible. And high-quality data is at the heart of making strong business AND IT decisions.

5. Higher return-on-investment (ROI)

By saving you time, effort and resources, a strong ETL capability helps you boost your ROI in the long run. The fact that it can help you generate better and stronger insights is just another one of its perks. It will make your rationale for investments in application modernization sound — and that will certainly make your CFO happy.

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