5 Criteria for Migrating an Application into the Cloud

  • by Judith M. Myerson , Systems Engineer and Architect/Owner
  • January 18, 2012
Examine criteria for migrating your applications to the cloud. They can help you decide whether to proceed. You can use the criteria as a guideline or as a part of the pre-migration assessment.
Key Concept
SAP Business ByDesign is an on-demand ERP solution for small and medium-sized enterprises. This Software as a Service (SaaS) contains modules such as business analytics, financial management, accounting, CRM, supply chain, project management, supplier relationship management, human resource management, and compliance management. SAP Business ByDesign contains a Software Development Kit (SDK) for creating extensions and add-ons.

While there are various ways of placing applications in the cloud, you should consider migration criteria for each project to determine the best choices for your company. One example is applying migration criteria to SAP Business ByDesign, which SAP has marketed to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as subsidiaries of large companies. It provides BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPad support and serves as the underlying platform for on-demand applications that an enterprise of any size could use. If a company does not have SAP Business ByDesign, it can apply these migration criteria to other applications it wants to place in the cloud.

You can use the following five key migration criteria:

  1. Data storage and locations
  2. Upgrade and maintenance schedules
  3. Legal issues and requirements
  4. Scalability issues
  5. Service level agreements

All these criteria are important items that members of the application development team including developers, programmers, database administrators, and functional specialists should ask the cloud subscriber before entering into any agreement with a provider.

Judith M. Myerson

Judith M. Myerson is a systems architect and engineer and an SAP consultant. She is the author of the Enterprise System Integration, Second Edition, handbook, RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation, and several articles on enterprise-wide systems, database technologies, application development, SAP, RFID technologies, project management, risk management, and GRC.

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