How to Accelerate Application Modernization with AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP)

By migrating to the cloud and modernizing its applications, your organization will be better-prepared to meet new business and customer demands. You can harness the full potential of digitization and modern technologies to boost innovation and speed up production and time-to-market. Moving from legacy on-premises environments to the cloud can also help you improve operational efficiency, reduce infrastructure costs, and increase revenues and profits.

That said, a successful modernization project requires a robust modernization strategy and implementation plan. If this sounds overwhelming, you can relax because AWS provides a program to help you create a modernization strategy for your needs. This program is known as the Migration Acceleration Program (MAP).

In this article, we show you how you can leverage AWS MAP to accelerate your app modernization journey and achieve your cloud migration goals.

What is AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP)?

Enterprise cloud migrations are often complex and time-intensive. AWS MAP is a comprehensive program to help you manage your migration and modernization project. With its proven prescriptive approach and outcome-driven methodology, you can reduce migration complexity and complete your modernization journey with minimal hiccups.

When you adopt the MAP approach, you can access a range of AWS tools, services, guidance, and training material to automate various parts of your migration project. You can also utilize AWS Professional Services and the AWS partner ecosystem to realize your desired business outcomes.

MAP incorporates an agile-based migration methodology to evaluate your existing environment, assess your migration-readiness, and modernize your workflows. It also provides specialized workloads and a scaling mechanism to move and modernize on-premises workloads to the AWS cloud.

Why You Should Adopt the AWS MAP

One great reason to adopt AWS MAP is that it can help you reduce the cost and risk of migration and modernization. Through MAP, you can systematically and correctly identify the mission-critical applications that need to be modernized. You can also evaluate different modernization approaches and select the approach that best suits your business and cloud objectives.

MAP can aid you in building a strong foundation to support your migration objectives. It will also enable you to leverage the performance, security, and reliability of AWS. By successfully transitioning to AWS, you can lower costs, increase agility, and innovate faster. Ultimately, MAP will provide the guidance and support you need to create a modern, elastic, and highly available environment – transform your business into a future-ready enterprise.

How to Use MAP to Create Your Modernization Strategy and Plan

AWS MAP is a three-phased modernization methodology. Together, these phases will help you identify the key business drivers for migration, create a business case for migration, and balance business needs with required technical efforts.

These three phases are described below:

i. Assess

Before you migrate to AWS and modernize your apps, you must first assess your cloud-readiness and identify the gaps in terms of:

These six elements are part of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) which can help you understand where your organization stands in terms of these capabilities, and where your strengths and weaknesses are. CAF also provides best practices to close existing gaps and achieve cloud-readiness.

In addition, you will conduct a migration readiness assessment (MRA) to build a TCO model for your migration project. The MRA will help you create a clear picture of what to migrate and describe a clear business case for the modernization effort. Finally, the MRA and TCO model will play a role in getting stakeholder commitment and funding for the project.

ii. Mobilize

At the end of the assessment phase, you should understand where your organization is in its cloud journey. This understanding will inform the next two phases. During the mobilize phase, you will select the applications you want to modernize, and create an action plan to streamline the process.

The main goal here is to fill the migration capability gaps identified during the assessment phase. This is also when you will mobilize resources, create an agile delivery culture, and set up change management processes for the migration. You will also focus on security and operations automation, and prepare applications to run at production capacity.

In this phase, the MAP recommends that you complete these 8 types of activities and deliver them across 8 x 2-week sprints. These activities are:

By completing these activities, you can establish your cloud operating model and the required operational controls for security, risk, and compliance.

Keep in mind that mobilize is an iterative phase that will evolve as you develop new migration capabilities and skills. The more such capabilities and skills you build, the more momentum you can build to complete the migration project faster and cheaper.

iii. Migrate and Modernize

This final phase is perhaps the most crucial phase since this is when you will start to revitalize your applications. During this execution phase, you will leverage the processes, tools, and resources identified earlier to migrate applications at scale. You will also build an implementation roadmap to create a modern, agile application architecture.

Along the way, make sure to map all operational areas to the roadmap and address all required standards and procedures to operate the new target environment. Also select the best cloud-native approaches, languages, and development frameworks. With these resources, you can create modern applications that:

In addition, you can create a modernized infrastructure that’s cloud-native, elastic, and self-service. It could also include automated capabilities and provide policy-driven resource allocation.

During this last phase, you can implement a “migration factory” which refers to multiple sprint teams working parallelly to support high-volume migration and complete it as quickly as possible. These teams will work on different migration strategies based on the type of application to be migrated. For instance, the rehost team will migrate high-volume, low-complexity applications, while the refactor team will migrate complex or core applications with multiple dependencies.

In this final phase, make sure to create a release management plan based on current workloads. Also be ready to re-prioritize applications if the migration schedule is hampered for some reason.

Successfully Leverage AWS Migration Acceleration Program with Axcess

In recent years, the business landscape has rapidly evolved. As competition increases, organizations are under a lot of pressure to innovate faster, better, and cheaper. Furthermore, digital transformation and cutting-edge technologies are now considered critical success factors for today’s businesses.

Your legacy applications and infrastructure just cannot keep up with these requirements. To get ahead of the curve, you need to migrate to the cloud and modernize your applications. And the easiest way to do this is with AWS Migration Acceleration Program.

AWS created MAP based on its experience migrating thousands of enterprises to the cloud. MAP’s methodology, tools, and resources provide everything you might need to migrate to AWS and modernize your applications. Take advantage of MAP to reduce your costs, boost workforce productivity, improve operational resilience, and increase business agility.

If you’re not sure where to get started, contact Axcess. As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we can help you leverage MAP to modernize your obsolete applications and drive greater innovation with the AWS cloud. Click here to know more about our application modernization services.