By: Randy Littleson
In the past, application migrations used to occur very infrequently. Today, enterprises are not only migrating applications when they upgrade to new operating systems, but as cloud, virtualization technologies and best practices have matured and gained traction, IT must deal with time-consuming, costly support and upgrade issues constantly. In addition, bring your own device (BYOD) has introduced a whole new dimension as users clamor for increased mobility, new device support, and an increasing range of requirements—making managing software more challenging than ever.
Application migrations are necessary to manage applications through change. IT is faced with technical issues and figuring out how to reliably migrate applications to new platforms such as Windows 7 or 8, Windows Server 2012, virtual, cloud and BYOD while ensuring users have a good application experience. They are also faced with business issues and having to ensure they can successfully manage software license compliance and cost through organizational changes, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures and outsourcing. And, they have to figure out how to enhance desktop management processes and embrace user-centric software deployment to support desktop transformation initiatives. As a result, automation of these application migration business processes has become an imperative.
Through automating essential Application Readiness business processes, enterprises are able to:
- Migrate applications—the most pressing business priority for any platform upgrade is whether or not applications required to run the business will work. Migrate applications with an automated application readiness process that assesses compatibility, resolves conflicts and reliably packages and delivers IT certified compatible applications to new platforms
- Manage compliance risk—mitigate software license non-compliance introduced by platform migrations, new environments (including cloud and virtualization) and business changes by having an ongoing and automated software asset management program that optimizes your software license position for applications that are at risk of audit or where you spend the most
- Embrace virtualization and the cloud—automate desktop management processes to support a combination of application deployment models from a common solution to ensure consistency regardless of approach
The right application migration solutions automate business processes across an applications' lifecycle to bring structure to chaos, enabling IT to be in control as they manage software through constant and diverse changes.