How to Migrate your Business to a Better Future
Migration can be the best of things or the worst of things (with apologies to Dickens) for a company. Done properly, it can transform a company's business so that it's ready for the challenges of the future. Done badly, it can become the corporate version of a near-deal experience, except without the shining lights. Celona Technologies CTO Tony Sceales explains how to plan things so you do it right.IT systems are supposed to support enterprises to enable them to do whatever they do better, faster and more cheaply than if thousands of people were pushing pieces of paper around, right? Yet all too often the systems that were supposed to make life easier are now preventing the business from operating in the way that it desires. IT has become a blocker rather than an enabler. But, as we survey the rubble of over 30 years of development, we realise that the problems we face are very much like those of the urban planner confronting decades of piecemeal building. While there may be some excellent examples of individual buildings-or in our case, systems-the whole does not function in the way it needs to. In both cases the solution is far from trivial.
Renewing a large enterprisewide IT infrastructure requires a clear vision and deep pockets. Moreover, there is a very real risk that in trying to improve the situation you end up wasting a lot of money without actually delivering real added value. The renewal process can also seriously handicap the ability of the enterprise to function, and eat up large sums while actually making things worse or at least no better. And in the current 24-hour business climate, there is less opportunity to migrate systems and much less tolerance of a situation where applications and data are not available.