I’ve previously boiled down the concept of application modernization – progressively improving the older applications that businesses rely on today and well into the future – but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. In reality, modernizing your most important applications is an iterative process that takes time. It’s critical you understand the key considerations for selecting the right cloud to take you from where you are, to where you need to be. 

Right tool for the right job 

Enterprises are increasingly using multiple clouds to meet specific needs, but traditional applications remain a roadblock to maximizing cloud’s value. Evolving traditional applications to meet digital business needs is a unique challenge requiring a specialized approach. That’s why we built our cloud with a singular purpose – move traditional applications out of the data center and into the cloud unchanged, then safely modernize them over time

Of course, this is no small feat. The process requires a range of key capabilities, including the ability to complement your use of other services for cloud-native development. A cloud purpose-built for application modernization needs to integrate with best-of-breed services from other clouds. This allows you to be strategic in how you extend the value of your traditional applications, while paying only for the tools you really want.

Cost management is another key consideration. Rewriting your core business applications from scratch to fit the requirements of a given cloud can be costly and take years, with no benefit until the work is complete. What’s more, cloud usage across large teams, or entire organizations, can be difficult to track. You may likely face large, unexpected bills that provide little visibility into where the charges stem from, or how to better manage them in the future. So, make sure you’re using a cloud service that gives you full usage control – like scheduling and the automatic suspension of unused resources – to best manage costs.

Close the skills gap

Application modernization is about much more than code. It’s about your people and their processes. Any cloud used for modernization needs to bridge the skills gap from where your team is, to the modern approaches you want them to adopt. You need an easy-to-use interface and simple configurations that encapsulate everything an application needs into a single unit of work. These features let your teams begin the modernization process in familiar surroundings, and then use the cloud’s scale and flexibility to close skills gaps over time.

These capabilities are a few of what we believe are 10 key considerations to examine when selecting a cloud for traditional application modernization. Check out all 10 in the infographic below, which you can download here, and then read our new white paper on multi-cloud best practices to begin leveraging cloud capabilities for your most important applications.

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