Maximize the Return on a Workload Automation Migration Investment with Terma Software
November 29, 2018 2:16 pm
Migration is an inherent part of any evolving IT system. From applications to databases to servers to operating systems, migrations are regularly implemented to keep up with trends, improve reliability and security, optimize performance, and lower operations and maintenance costs. However, migrations can be intimidating because, with any type of software or system migration, there are significant challenges that need to be overcome. Some of the major obstacles include the price and duration of a migration, as well as the required commitment from various stakeholders.
Every software migration involves an investment of money, time, and resources on a company-wide scale. There are clear costs involved with purchasing new software and licensing middleware, but also less perceptible ones, including the cost of internal resources allocated to migration efforts. Employees in charge of the migration or actively contributing to its implementation are taking time and energy away from more immediately-profitable activities. An additional opportunity cost can be found in the team members unable to complete their daily work functions due to temporarily downed systems.
All of these factors can make migration project budgets especially large, which in turn can make the value of a migration harder to prove. The return on investment is often not immediately apparent and it may take years to really see one. This can test the commitment of stakeholders, especially those that are responsible for maintaining budgets. For a migration to be executed efficiently and effectively, there must be buy-in from stakeholders at all levels of the company, from team members to department heads to the executive team. Most large-scale migrations are fundamentally interdepartmental and require cross-functional communication.
Workload automation software migrations are definitely not immune to these challenges. Migrating workload environments can be particularly intimidating due to the complexities of jobstream interdependencies, the presence of multiple platforms and vendors, and the critical nature of automated business processes. When a migration is required, it is absolutely essential to ensure that any type of disruption or delay to production processing is avoided or minimized as much as possible. Enterprises need to maintain workload service levels to remain competitive and retain customers, otherwise, they will cease to exist.
Terma Software’s workload analytics products are well-positioned to address these challenges and support companies while they migrate their workload automation software. Not only are we well-versed in many different scheduling platforms, but we offer workload services to help deploy and manage complex workload environments. Additionally, our open systems approach means our solutions are vendor and platform agnostic; we can normalize workload data and visualize interdependencies across applications and systems. In the context of a migration, this would allow an enterprise to fully understand the changes that need to occur, address any potential issues, and validate migration efforts by comparing the workload environment before and after. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your migration run as smoothly and painlessly as possible.