Migrating to the Cloud? Consider Three Key Success Factors

Migrating to the Cloud? Consider Three Key Success Factors

Migrating to the Cloud? Consider Three Key Success Factors

The security, cost, and performance challenges posed by migrating systems to the cloud are difficult to address because cloud migration is a new process. However, the Cloud provides unique opportunities to implement innovative strategies.

By looking ahead to the future and using security plans, cost models, and performance plans, a disciplined Cloud migration process mitigates complex risks and uncertainties, and organizations can experience the full benefits of the cloud.

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology, and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams use a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments that often have new priorities and evolving missions. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forward-looking organizations across the country are migrating to the Cloud. Following this trend, many Federal agencies are exploring migrating systems to increase resiliency, drive cost saving, and achieve fast deployment.

Cloud computing now plays a critical role in enhancing traditional computing solutions in Federal agencies through Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

However, to migrate successfully to the Cloud, agencies need to overcome three distinct challenges:

  • Security – The biggest challenge is migration from the security of network connections of traditional systems via Trusted Internet Connections (TICs) to the Cloud system, while remaining in compliance with TIC requirements and maintaining protection from cyberattacks.  To address this challenge, Federal agencies must establish a security plan that can monitor Cloud systems and protect them from malicious cyber-attacks such as distributed denial-of-service attacks, and ransomware attacks
  • Cost – While in the long run migrating systems to the Cloud can save Federal agencies millions of dollars, there are more shorter-term costs associated with this infrastructure change. These include changes to system design, software, and test environments. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) should develop both short-term and long-term plans that include fair cost models negotiated between the Federal agencies and the CSPs, including fare-charge models that help in public sector and private sector cooperation
  • Performance – To achieve a successful Cloud migration, computing systems must meet existing traditional system requirements and capabilities under a CSP provider. Agencies must develop a performance plan to validate the migration system and verify that the system is transferable, and once migrated, fully functional

Contributors

Chan Lai |

Chan Lai is a technologist that specializes in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) application, alert and warning systems and standards, and cloud computing applications. He is an Oracle-certified professional Java SE programmer and earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

Reinventing Strategy

Reinventing Strategy

Since the GPRA Modernization Act in 2010, agencies across the Federal Government have raced to establish new Strategic Plans in response to incoming Presidential Administrations and agency leaders. Developing a new Strategic Plan is incredibly exciting for an agency. Leaders can redefine priorities, frontline managers can improve mission performance, and employees can better engage with the mission. Strategy, however, is so much more than just a Strategic Plan.

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

As the Government continually looks for ways to increase efficiency and encourage innovation, Information Technology (IT) is emerging as a solution to these needs. Recent Federal guidance mandates all agencies to adopt a new framework for better understanding IT costs. Technology Business Management (TBM) is a framework that incorporates IT departments into the overall business network, shifting away from treating IT as an independent unit. This provides a clear way to evaluate and manage IT, running IT as a business and communicating the value of new IT investments.

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

How do organizations encourage behavior change in their customers? Increasingly, they focus on customer experience, and as a consequence employ behavioral science methodologies. At the heart of behavioral science is the consideration of how an organization can make small investments that generate incremental savings/returns while considering both customers and organizational benefits. One example is Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre✓® and U.C. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry programs.

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

As a new employee, your first company-wide meeting can make you nervous. This was how I felt.

Arc Aspicio’s recent Strategy Launch Day was so well planned and it involved participants so that I learned that I had nothing to worry about! The company treats each employee equally and equips even the newest joiners with the information and skills they need to have a meaningful experience

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

As a Consulting Associate at Arc Aspicio, I provide expertise and insight to help clients solve difficult problems. To be successful, a consultant does not need only to be a subject matter expert on their client’s industry and needs - though this often ends up happening over time.

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

So often, senior leaders must communicate their strategic and simple vision in a world of growing complexity. They must make decisions – and frequently explain them – based on an enterprise view of their data. It’s getting easier to do this these days through data visualizations and infographics that speak to specific employee and stakeholder audiences. Design+Data is what we call it at Arc Aspicio.

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

With an exponential increase in the types and quantities of data, organizations need defined strategies and techniques to manage data as an enterprise asset. To create enterprise-wide use of data, a Chief Data Officer (CDO) needs a clear data agenda for leadership and the whole organization to address current and future needs. CDOs should follow this six-part data plan to achieve short term capability gains and plot a path to greater enterprise data maturity.