It was great speaking with John Rakowski, Director of Product Marketing at AppDynamics about a recent study they conducted in conjunction with IDC.
Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration
Today, more 85% of enterprises worldwide are currently implementing or planning to implement multi-cloud strategies. This trend has been taking place over the last two years, and companies are employing anywhere from two to five cloud solutions.
The growth in cloud computing isn’t surprising, with benefits like agility, scalability, and innovation-at-speed drawing companies in at record numbers. It's also driving the adoption of DevOps methodologies since these are the next foundational elements to leverage the cloud. The cloud is a foundational element of digital business but to fully realize the benefits you need to leverage other methodologies and tools.
"Lift and shift" is a fallacy. Migrating to the cloud can also present issues with security, compliance, performance, people, and processes. As a result, it is critical for businesses to understand the types of application and infrastructure monitoring, analytics, and performance information necessary for successful migration.
To gain more insight into the best practices and KPIs for cloud migration and multi-cloud application modernization, IDC surveyed 600 enterprise decision-makers about their cloud migration challenges and the information they need to make informed decisions pre, during, and post-migration.
Below are key findings from the exclusive research study, Critical Application And Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration.
Application Performance Management (APM) Needed
To make smarter migration decisions, respondents reported a need for insight into KPIs for business and technical metrics, end-user experience and business impact analysis, cloud capacity utilization, and cost-per-application evaluation. IDC’s research shows that application performance monitoring and analytics shed light onto these KPIs, making APM increasingly required to support effective planning and validation.
Cost Savings Is the Biggest Benefit Expected
Sixty percent of respondents indicate that IT and development cost savings are the most important business benefit expected from migration. While the survey indicates that these expectations are often met, it's important to note that this requires modernization of application architectures, supporting technology, people, and processes. In support of this, IDC highlights that containers are playing an increasing role in successful cloud migration, with almost two-thirds of surveyed respondents either currently containerizing new or existing applications, or planning to implement containers to support existing applications.
iOS and Android Applications Least Likely to Have Current or Planned Migrations
Enterprises no longer fear migrating existing applications with almost half (45.9%) of respondents have already migrated some custom-developed browser-based applications to the cloud and another 38.7% planning to do so within the next two years. Interestingly, iOS and Android applications are the least likely to have currently been migrated to date but are important priorities for the next two years.