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How to achieve app transformation with the cloud

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 By: Ahmed Banafa

 

With the reduction in cost of cloud computing services, organizations are increasingly drawn to cloud computing and the benefits of scalability, flexibility, and continuity it offers. One area with the potential to deliver significant cost savings in all dimensions of business operations is app transformation through cloud technology.

 

How to achieve app transformation with the cloudThe driving force behind the popularity of this option is the fact that in everyday operations, organizations are dealing with two kinds of apps: desktop apps have the advantages of being local and highly responsive, and web apps have the advantages of portability and availability. The dream of a hybrid solution that offers the advantages of both options has been made possible with the use of cloud computing services.

 

Before we dive into the details of how, where, and why such a transformation is considered a smart move, let's define apps in the cloud. A cloud application (or cloud app) is an application that resides in the cloud with a mix of features seen in desktop and web apps. The hybrid nature of cloud apps makes it possible for organizations to access the best of both worlds—the high interactivity of a desktop app and the portability of a web app—at the same time.

 

Features of cloud apps

  • Data is stored in the cloud
  • Data can be downloaded locally and processed offline
  • All services like data backup, computing, upgrades, and updates, are available
  • Data can be accessed via multiple platforms, including smartphones, anytime and anywhere

 

Benefits of app transformation

  • Scalability and flexibility
  • Efficiency and lowered costs
  • Better app management
  • Easy access, including mobile access
  • Reduced time to delivery for new products and services
  • A shift from a fixed capital investment to an operating expenditure
  • Better management of resources

 

App transformation with the cloud

It's important not to rush into an app transformation project. Here are some important questions to ask when considering this kind of initiative:

  • What applications are mission-critical to the business?
  • What applications need to be reviewed, updated, eliminated, or combined?
  • How can you execute this transformation quickly and affordably?
  • What monitoring tools will be available to IT to ensure up-to-date app performance?
  • How can you avoid or minimize potential disruption to the business during this process?

 

The process of app transformation

Like any business cycle or project, the app transformation process goes through stages:

  • Assessment: Survey of the existing state of the organization (feasibility study)
  • Design: Assessment of available technologies and architecture to overcome design challenges
  • Execution: Implementation of a working pilot program that includes development and testing of all parts of the process
  • Go-live: App transformation for all users, with support on hand
  • Management and monitoring: Management and monitoring of app performance

 

Risks and challenges facing cloud apps

Even with all the advantages of moving apps to the cloud, organizations must still understand the risks and challenges associated with this decision. Cloud apps inherit the risks of cloud computing, including:

  • Security: The apps will be secure as long as the cloud services provider has a secure infrastructure to deal with risks, such as data breaches and data loss. Mitigating this risk is always a high priority.
  • Connectivity: Organizations need to be online to use the apps, and any disruption in communications will paralyze business operations. This isn't an issue for on-premise desktop apps, which are available locally.
  • Availability: Resources with adequate talent and skills to manage and monitor your cloud apps are a necessity.

 

Done correctly, the benefits of an app transformation process will outweigh the risks and challenges, and the organization will gain better operations, greater savings, and a high competitive advantage.

 

The selection of a qualified cloud service provider is crucial to mitigating these challenges. HP Helion provides a superior application transformation solution that supports all stages of the transformation process.

 

 

 

About the author

Banafa AhmedAhmed Banafa

 

Extensive experience in IT operations and management, as well as a research background in a variety of techniques and analysis of new technology trends. Ahmed is a professor, reviewer, and technical contributor.

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Christian Verstraete

Ahmed, I've had the opportunity to describe in detail how to transform applications to the cloud. This might be a good complement to your article. You'll find it on the CloudSource blog.

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