Using Service Maps and Wave Plans to Overcome Migration Challenges

 In Cloud Migration and Planning

By Matt Wong, VP Delivery & Operations, CloudSphere 


Migrating an organization’s IT estate can come with a multitude of benefits for just about any business.  

From reduced operating costs to global accessibility for your customers and employees, and even the ability to scale when needed, there are many reasons for businesses to consider moving their infrastructure to the cloud. Not to mention that a migration like this can offer organizations the ability to better protect their data, as it’s easier to keep software and systems up to date to meet security compliance requirements. 

Of course, making this move can come with several challenges like: 

  • Remaining operational during the migration 
  • Keeping your applications and sensitive data secure 
  • Continuing to run efficiently post-migration and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle 

But when planned properly, using tools such as service maps and wave plans, you can effectively ease migration and ongoing operational challenges like those listed above.  

Continue reading to learn more about CloudSphere’s automated tools and how you can effectively leverage them to overcome some of modern tech’s most common digital transformation issues. 

How CloudSphere’s Tools Help Overcome Today’s Tech Challenges 

From beginning to end, and beyond, CloudSphere’s platform enables businesses to migrate smoothly and with as little friction as possible. 

CloudSphere’s Service Mapping Saves You Time and Effort 

At the beginning of your migration journey, it’s important to develop a good services map. CloudSphere offers organizations the ability to automate their application dependency mapping process. Moreover, automation sometimes uncovers details missed when managing large, complex IT infrastructures.  

Service maps are a complete overview of an organization’s critical application groups base. They should include a full and accurate assessment of a business’ IT real estate, including servers, applications, and metrics, as well as how they operate together. 

When your IT estate is large, complex, or has been running for some time, ongoing services monitoring using automation tools can help: 

  • Save you time and effort 
  • Provide you with accurate data 
  • Monitor changes in dynamic environments 

CloudSphere’s Wave Planning Eliminates Friction and Stress 

CloudSphere’s platform provides detailed migration wave plans that allow organizations to better identify which services can be easily moved to the cloud. This process helps greatly accelerate just about any business’ migration. 

Using an industry-based 6R analysis, which evaluates rehost, replatform, repurchase, refactor, retire, and retain, CloudSphere’s interactive migration console automatically provides 6R guidance. From there, businesses can move forward with their digital transformation, which is created using a project engineering approach, providing users with a sanity check that enables peace of mind. 

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure 

Capturing the state of your IT services at the beginning of your digital transformation journey can help provide you with a basis of comparison throughout your migration. This data can then be evaluated as you progress to project completion. Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.  

Transformation journeys do not end at the completion of your cloud migration. Your operations do not stay stagnant and neither do your operating environments. It’s always good hygiene to re-assess your IT real estate on an ongoing basis.    

Continual assessments and metrics collection will also provide you with the visibility you need in order to keep your environment rightsized and operating with efficiency. This will enable your organization to use the correct allocation of resources and eliminate waste, reducing excessive costs. 

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About Matt Wong 

Matt Wong

As VP of Delivery & Operations, Matt is responsible for ensuring the success of Cloudsphere’s Delivery Partners. He is one of the early contributors to cloud applications and services, beginning with his notable work for technology giants such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Xerox, and has built and led large product development teams as VP of Engineering at Panasonic Cloud Entertainment and VP of Engineering at Canal+ Technologies.  


Matt holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at California State University, San Jose; a Management Certificate (MDE) in Business Management/ Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Business; a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s of Science Equivalency/Computer Science at California State University, Chico (program via Hewlett Packard). 

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CloudSphere makes digital transformations easy. Throughout the cloud journey, we empower our partners and customers to Discover, Plan, Migrate, Optimize, Modernize, and Secure entire cloud environments with automated features that save businesses time, money and disruptions.

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