Migration Benefits

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Certainly, with the large number of business drivers pushing migrations and adoptions, there must be real benefits for organizations to perform migrations. The following list shows that most of these benefits fall into the categories of business support, service level improvement, or risk avoidance :

  • Cost savings. Technological progress might allow you to replace a costly custom solution with common off-the-shelf (COTS) products. New solutions can save money through increased efficiency, and new products might also have warranties that eliminate the need for costly support contracts. Whatever your reasons for undertaking a migration project, cost saving is usually one of the central benefits.

  • Increased efficiency. New technologies or processes can automate business processes that might have previously been manual processes. They might also simply increase the speed or rate at which existing automated processes run. This is often the case in migrations that replace batch processes with online processes.

  • Improved solution qualities. The quality of a solution often improves after a migration to new technologies or processes. Whether this improvement is in the area of capacity (reengineering processes, faster hardware, or streamlined code, which can all improve the performance of IT solutions) or availability (new technologies can make products less faulty), there are important benefits for migrations in this area.

  • Improved support. Migrating to more current technologies usually results in better vendor support because vendors usually concentrate their infrastructure and processes around maintaining currently sold products. While this might not always the be the case, especially when implementing "bleeding edge" technologies, it is generally accepted that the support for and quality of solutions that have been implemented at multiple customer sites will be better than they are for solutions that are implemented at only a few customer sites.

  • Increased competitive advantage. As an example of the type of competitive advantage that can result from a migration project, consider how approving loans in real time instead of in overnight batches could be a differentiator for a business in the financial industry. To enable this new functionality, it might be necessary to migrate to a new operating environment, application, or platform.

These are just a few of the common benefits of migrations projects. While most of the benefits for your migration projects will fall under one of these headings, you should also be aware of additional benefits that are specific to your organization.

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Migrating to the Solaris Operating System
Migrating to the Solaris Operating System: The Discipline of UNIX-to-UNIX Migrations
ISBN: 0131502638
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 70

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