Envision cloud modernization possibilities

Envisioning your cloud modernization possibilities starts with understanding your motivations. You have reasons for wanting to adopt the cloud, and these reasons are the key to modernization. Knowing your motivations lets you determine what you should modernize.

Follow these three steps to envision your cloud modernization possibilities.

Step 1 - Identify modernization motivations

Knowing why you're modernizing helps you determine what to modernize. So, make sure you have a good understanding of your motivations before moving forward. Your motivations for modernization will be unique to your business goals, but they likely aren't unique to you.

Diagram that shows five migration motivation and five modernization motivations. The five modernization motivations are enabling hybrid work, faster time to market, cost-optimizing application, application innovation, and centralizing data.

We see similar motivations across businesses and industries. Some of the most common modernization motivations are:

  • Enabling hybrid work: Make applications accessible and secure for remote productivity.

  • Getting to market faster: Increase deployment speed to see a faster return-on-investment.

  • Optimizing cost of applications: Gain operational efficiencies to drive down the cost of ownership.

  • Innovating applications: Adopt new technologies and architectures to enable rapid innovation.

  • Centralizing data: Store application data in a centralized repository to enhance security, reduce redundancy, and drive transparency.

Step 2 - Identify workloads

Identify the workloads you need to modernize to fulfill your modernization motivations. A workload is a collection of IT assets (infrastructure, applications, and data) that support a business function. Data centers encourage you to manage IT assets separately.

The cloud lets you focus on workloads instead of separate IT assets. Modernizing infrastructure, applications, and data together as workloads lets you streamline your modernization processes. You can reuse these processes and apply them to each workload requiring the same modernization strategy.

How to identify workloads:.

Identify workloads by making a list of business functions. Business functions are the key components of your business.

Identify the IT assets that support each business function. The group of IT assets that support a specific business function is a workload (see table for simplified examples).

Business Function  Workload  
Web App
Business logic
Payment system
Factory Production Machine/Robot
IOT device
Programmable logic controller

Step 3 - Align modernization motivations and workloads

Align your modernization motivations and workloads so you can evaluate their readiness in the next step.

  1. Map motivations and workloads. Map your modernization motivations from step 1 above to the workloads you identified in step 2.

  2. Assign one motivation to each workload. Assigning a single modernization motivation to each workload will help you organize your work when it's time to modernize (see table below for examples).

  3. When a single motivation is unclear, conduct a well-architected review on the workload. The well-architected review will help you figure out what your motivation should be. After running the review, return to this step and complete step 3.

Business function  Workload   Motivation 
Web app
Business logic
Payment System
Application innovation
Factory production Machine/Robot
IOT device
Programmable Logic Controller
Centralizing data

Next steps

When you have a single motivation for each workload, you can evaluate your options.