Mark Zuckerberg famously once said that Facebook can move fast and break things as they go along, but when it comes to achieving innovation quickly, most businesses don’t have the time or money to pick up broken pieces. Companies that are not Facebook are increasingly expected to move very fast to innovate and get to market, without breaking a single thing along the way.

Digital transformation is driving innovation, and in many cases, this means that companies are having to migrate their IT estates to take advantage of better technology on offer. For some, this will mean a migration to a bigger and better datacentre, and for others, it will mean a move to the cloud.

Many companies are experiencing what we call the ‘migration conundrum.’ They know they need to migrate in order to be able to move faster, but don’t know how, and they worry about what might break along the way.

Migrations need to be done as quickly as possible in order to minimise disruption to day to day business. One of our clients said it best: “It’s hard to run the bank and change the bank at the same time.”

So how do you run the bank and change the bank without breaking anything? Here are a few of our top tips for companies that need to accelerate in order to innovate:

1. Get a new datacentre

Smart businesses know that IT agility is essential for innovation, and getting this from a traditional datacentre is difficult. But the new datacentres are better value. There is less workload and more workflow, and you can see what’s running and where. The value of moving to a smarter, better datacentre far outweigh the cost and time involved in move.

2. Consider a move to the cloud

Chris Watterson coined the now famous phrase, “there is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer.” But imagine being able to move your IT estate to someone else’s computer for hosting and storing, while also providing 24x7 accessibility and the same level (or better) security you’d get with your own datacentre? It’s a route many large companies are taking so that they can free up resource to innovate. Last year, Gartner predicted that the bulk of IT spend by 2016 will be in cloud computing infrastructure, offering companies better value in terms of efficiency, and better, smarter services. This year, we’re really seeing the evidence as companies take up what’s on offer.

3. Don't move everything

You don’t have to move your entire IT estate to the cloud, and remember that it might not be cost effective to do so. There are a lot of destinations: private cloud, public cloud, datacentres, insourced, outsourced, application rationalisation, transformation or decommission – all target environments and technologies.

4. Use migration technology

We’ve been doing migrations for over ten years and during that time we developed our mX (migration accelerator) tool based on everything we’ve learned. mX is a platform that manages migrations and gives us a behind the scenes view of migrations so that we can identify potential issues before they become problems. mX asset modelling provides a complete, consolidated view of your ‘As Is’ in a unique data modeller – ensuring gaps and anomalies are rapidly identified and addressed. The ‘What If’ analysis engine allows you to explore different scenarios, strategies and target environments to quickly show the impact on your overall timescales, costs and resource requirements. We are finding that mX customers are completing migrations 30% faster than those taking on similar migrations without applying the technology. This means they are minimising disruption and escaping the migration conundrum.

5. Get help

When it comes to large scale migrations, most companies appoint a migration partner so that they can “run the bank and change the bank” at the same time. Regardless of which migration partner you choose, the most important thing is that one migration partner can handle everything involved in a migration, without having to outsource or partner with other companies. During a migration, it’s essential to have one view of everything, so that multiple channels can be compared and handled seamlessly.

These are only a few of our tips on how to get your IT infrastructure ‘cloud ready’. If you would like to discuss if your IT infrastructure is ready, please get in touch.