The right details today mean success in the future.

Cloud technologies enable users to dynamically allocate resources as-needed. Combine this with pay-per-use and you’ve got two big reasons why the cloud is so popular. Unlike the old-fashioned IT resources of the on-premises world, cloud-based organizations don’t have to pay for IT infrastructure they aren’t actually using. Of course, this should always lead to cost savings, or at least keep costs scaled to the size of the business and its revenue—right?

The answer to that question is a bit complicated.

Migration to the cloud isn’t always a lift and shift. In fact, that’s rarely the best answer. Have a look at this excellent video presentation from the AWS Public Sector Summit to see some compelling details why. On top of this, as cloud technologies continue to advance and compete, the way they work continues to diverge from traditional IT models.

Migrating the machinery of business into the cloud requires a close look at your current application architecture first, and at regular intervals as you continue to grow. That way you get the insight you need for optimized use and payment arrangements.

For a clear view at every step, IT leaders need fast, and accurate discovery and service mapping. You need to conquer complexity before it slows down your progress in the cloud. Without understanding exactly how you deliver services now, you’re at risk of making big mistakes later. The need is urgent and significant for service providers. Your customers depend on you to bring the promise of the cloud to their business, but even they may not have a clear image of how they actually deliver services now. How can you get the visibility you need?

Buried Treasure

Traditionally, the task of discovery and service mapping involved finding and questioning people who know how parts of the IT estate really works—mining tribal knowledge. It also meant sifting through spreadsheets and incomplete, or out-of-date CMDBs. That’s risky.

The situation is different now. You can find the detailed and accurate information you need quickly through automated discovery with iQCloud.

Recently one of our customers, a managed service provider who is in the process of moving a client’s applications from on-premises to the cloud, explained the situation in stark, simple terms.

“iQCloud rapidly gave us the details we needed to make a huge difference for our client,” according to Kiran Kumar Basavaraju, CTO, Onstak. “In just two weeks we had visibility that would have taken us at least two months of manual discovery effort before. We automated 80% of the application discovery process to deliver 75% cost savings to the customer. Now, we’re exploring additional services we can provide based on insight from iQCloud.”

If you don’t know exactly how you deliver services now when you re-imagine them in the cloud, you could be missing something that will cost you.

Find out what automated discovery and service mapping can do to make your journey to the cloud a success. Start your 14-day free trial of iQuate now.