A successful modernization approach begins with the idea of solving current business challenges using cutting-edge technologies for increased efficiency, reduced costs, and improved security.
In the era of AI and digital transformation, technology serves as the driving force for organizations. Continuous technology upgrades and modernization empower organizations to revitalize their processes, improve customer experiences, and foster innovation, leading to sustainable growth and competitive advantage in today’s digital landscape.
Hence, modernization becomes a critical priority for IT leaders; this is a survey conducted by a leading cloud company that concludes that 91% of CIOs say modernizing apps is their primary goal. The impact of the competitive and tech-advanced future drives the urgency for cloud modernization, including modernizing the infrastructure, legacy applications, and data.
3 Steps of Cloud Modernization Approach
Modernizing applications on Microsoft Azure becomes hassle-free with MSPs like G7 CR. Being the leading Azure MSP, G7 CR’s approach to modernization is pretty much in alignment with Microsoft’s modernization best practices. Our modernization roadmap is divided into three phases: Assess, Modernize, and Manage.
1. Assessment and Strategy
Assessment is the first step that you must take to optimize your cloud adoption and evaluate your enterprise for readiness.
Current State Analysis: Evaluate existing systems, applications, and infrastructure to understand their architecture, dependencies, and performance.
Business Goals: Define clear objectives for the modernization, such as improved scalability, cost reduction, or enhanced security.
Cloud Readiness: Assess the suitability of applications and data for the cloud environment, considering factors like compatibility and compliance. It has two components: Financial readiness – which helps you determine the required time and cost for modernization. Technical readiness – helps you determine if you’re ready to modernize or need a different cloud adoption strategy.
Risk Assessment: Identify potential challenges and risks that might arise during modernization and develop strategies to mitigate them.
Select applications you want to modernize so that you can maintain, extend, deploy, and manage them in a way that meets the current and future needs of your business.
Migration Strategy: Choose the appropriate migration strategy for each application, whether it’s a rehosting, re-platforming, or refactoring approach.
Architectural Design: Design or redesign applications to leverage cloud-native technologies, optimizing for scalability, performance, and efficiency.
Data Migration: Plan and execute the migration of data, ensuring integrity and minimal downtime.
Testing and Validation: Rigorously test migrated applications to ensure they function as expected in the cloud environment.
Once modernization is completed, you will be required to monitor the performance of the applications and optimize resources to avoid overspending.
Monitoring and Optimization: Implement monitoring tools to track application performance, resource utilization, and user experience in the cloud.
Cost Management: Continuously monitor cloud costs and optimize resource allocation to avoid overspending.
Security and Compliance: Implement robust security measures, including access controls, encryption, and compliance checks, to protect data and meet regulations.
24/7 Support: Choosing trusted MSPs like G7 CR Technologies will ensure you get 24/7 technical support to resolve issues promptly, ensuring maximum uptime for your cloud infrastructure.
Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and refine your cloud architecture, applications, and processes to align with evolving business needs.
Modernization On Azure – Best Practices
Below are some of the proven strategies and best practices that pave the way for a seamless and effective modernization of your applications and data.
1. Embrace Tech Innovation
Cloud modernization empowers organizations to harness the latest technologies, such as Generative AI, Machine Learning, and advanced analytics, to develop innovative solutions that address evolving customer needs and industry trends.
2. Choose Cloud-Native Technologies
Select technology stacks that align with cloud-native principles, such as microservices, containers (Docker), and serverless computing (Azure Functions). These technologies enhance application agility, scalability, and resource efficiency.
3. API-First Approach
Use API-driven development to connect different components of your application. This promotes flexibility and interoperability, allowing different parts of the application to use diverse tech stacks while maintaining seamless communication.
4. Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD)
Employ CI/CD tools like Jenkins, Travis CI, or GitLab CI/CD to automate the building, testing, and deployment of your application. This ensures rapid and reliable updates to the cloud environment.
5. Choose the Right Cloud MSP Partner
This is one of the most important factors that decide the success of any cloud modernization journey, as MSPs bring expertise in cloud technologies, modernization strategies, break-fix support, and continuous management. A trusted MSP streamlines the modernization process, ensures adherence to best practices, and provides continuous support, enabling organizations to enhance their cloud journey.
G7 CR Technologies – Your Cloud Modernization Partner
At G7 CR – A Noventiq Company, we recognize the significance of a well-orchestrated cloud modernization journey. As your Azure Modernization Partner, we offer not just expertise but a commitment to elevating your business to new heights with our ‘Azure Plus Program – Azure Modernization Initiative’.
The Azure Plus Program is exclusively launched for companies who are leveraging Microsoft Azure to host their applications and data. This program is designed to help companies with benefits like business agility, 10x faster delivery time, and reduced cost.
As this program is exclusive, only up to 100 nominations will be considered, with phase 1 closing on December 31, 2023. So, hurry up and join the Azure Plus Program today.