Deep Dive Assessments

The Deep Dive Technology Assessment Program contains a comprehensive set of assessments for leaders who want to identify ways to optimize, stabilize, scale, modernize, and/or migrate applications to the cloud. These leasers are typically looking for ways to improve margin, lower cost, while also increasing revenue.

You'll receive the best expertise and assessment services available. We use a data driven approach and decades of experience to assess your current state quickly detecting issues and solutions for a better future state.

This program contains 4 major types of assessments covering everything you need to improve margin, lower cost, migrate to the cloud or modernize your legacy systems. 

This service is designed for executives, boards, and professionals who wants to quickly transform ideas into actions in order to deliver business results and leap frog their competition.

                           Starting at 

$20K / assessment 

 

Average engagement per assessment is 2-3 months

We deep dive specific areas of your system

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What's Included in Deep Dive Technology Assessments?

Our assortment of deep dive technology assessments contains everything you need to optimize, stabilize, scale and secure your systems in todays evolving and challenging business environments.

Cloud Analysis

Today, we see two different types of cloud migration:

  1. On-Prem to Cloud Migration: Migrate some of all of its on-premise data center capabilities into the cloud, usually to run on a cloud-based infrastructure provided by a cloud service provider such as AWS, Google CLoud or Azure.

  2. Cloud-to-Cloud Migration: As many companies already transitioned to the cloud, cloud migrations are increasingly taking place within the cloud, as companies migrate between different cloud providers 

 Our cloud analysis assessments are designed to enable a comprehensive pathway to any type of cloud migration. All of our assessments described below can be tailored to fit your needs.

They consist of involves four highly collaborative phases: 

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Cloud Migration Readiness 

Before implementing an actual migration to the cloud, you need to evaluate your current environment and address several readiness issues to ensure a smooth, effective migration. It is imperative to understand why you want to move to the cloud. 

Our Cloud Readiness Assessments gives you the insight and planned tactics you need to pave the path to cloud success.

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Determine Business Case: The most common business objectives for migrating to the cloud include:

  • Avoiding or lowering maintenance costs 

  • Achieving increased scalability

  • Improving resiliency with better failover capabilities

  • Increasing remote collaboration

It's also extremely important to gain consensus on the business objectives for moving to the cloud from all stakeholders and teams to ensure that the purpose is clear to everyone. Once you understand the business rationale behind migrating to the cloud, you will be able to determine what to move to the cloud and when to move to the cloud.

Organization & Skill Sets Analysis: If you haven't done  recent analysis of your in-house IT team, its time to do so before starting a cloud migration. This assessment examines your IT teams readiness for the following:

  • Required skills for cloud transitioning

  • Prior experience in cloud migrations

  • Migration tools and technologies for cloud migration and support

  • Bandwidth and availability of teams to execute cloud migration 

We identify readiness gaps and recommendations on how to fill these gaps. Its imperative you fill the skill and resource gaps immediately.  We can assist in VNCAcademy training programs to educate your teams or opt for a strategic partner who can help your team with the end-to-end execution of the migration. 

IT Current State Analysis: This analysis helps determine the feasibility of a cloud migration initiative for your company. It involves examining the applications that you want to move to the cloud as well as gathering sufficient data on your storage, network, data collection, operating environment, and on-premise hardware. The purpose of this analysis is to better understand the complexity of your applications, the underlying infrastructure that supports them, and the cost to keep things moving in current state.

Typical areas we examine are:

  • Application Data: current purpose, limitations, ease of modification, integration capabilities, dependencies

  • Infrastructure Data: network, database servers, management tools, libraries, frameworks, consumption levels of hardware, networks, etc

  • Financial Data: all costs associated with various resources such as managed services, In-house iT, vendors, etc

  • Usage:  volume of usage and the number of users, etc.

After this analysis, you will be able to determine at a high level what applications, workloads, and data can be moved to the cloud, what can be retained in your on-premise infrastructure, and what can be eliminated.  Furthermore, this will also help you decide if you can take a "lift-and-shift" approach to move the applications to the cloud or if it requires re-architecting or re-platforming to make them compatible with the new cloud environment.

CyberSecurity Analysis: It is critical for any organization considering a migration to the cloud assess their current security mechanisms and identify what their future state security and compliance requirements. You want to ensure that the right cloud platform is chosen that adheres to all your needs. Here are a few typical items in our security assessment checklist:

  • Identity and access management

  • Compliance requirements

  • Disaster recovery (current and future needs)

  • Firewalls and endpoint security

Based on the assessment, we will evaluate the security offerings of cloud service providers and compare them against your requirements. We also identify the potential vulnerabilities that the cloud infrastructure may pose, and plan ahead to address them to mitigate the associated risks.

Operational Analysis: We know there are an array of cutting-edge technologies and tools for cloud operations in the market today - and it could be daunting, challenging and confusing.  In this analysis, we measure the readiness of your company in managing operational aspects of the cloud. This typically involves understanding:

  • Operational ownership cloud-based applications

  • Operational model for deployments and updates

  • Roles, responsibilities, and operational model

  • How operations will work in the cloud

  • Plans for Operational best practices to accommodate running on the cloud

  • lPlan for business continuity or disaster recovery in the cloud

Understanding current state and planned future state of  how your team can or will handle the post-migration cloud operations is critical. Lack of this knowledge are major reasons we see cloud migrations fail. 

 

Application Migration Analysis: The analysis starts with application level data we acquired during IT Current state analysis. The information is injected into our VNCPropel Platform where it is combined with specific enterprise architecture rules describing how you plan to strategically employ different cloud vendors and platforms (for example, AWS, Azure, etc). We then compare your applications to those rules with the intent to reduce the time required to plan the migration, lift/shift ... of applications and migrate to new platforms. This provide clarity on what applications can lift/shift and what needs refactoring from a landing zone need and timing perspective

Economic Value Analysis : This analysis brings a financial dimension to the recommendations made by our Modernization Analysis, mapping applications to a library of cloud service providers to forecast costs for applications in their future state. This is combined with one-time-investment costs required to modernize applications and compared to current state costs to develop an accurate, IT portfolio level business case. The business case itself can be viewed at both the portfolio level and at the level of the individual application or business unit. 

Cloud Security Capability Analysis : The move to modern platforms - particularly Cloud - requires different ways to address security and regulatory compliance. The desire to take advantage of the upside of these new technologies is often countered by resistance to change from within security and compliance teams. This assessment focuses on overcoming that resistance with rational, well thought out, and industry accepted approaches to solving security and compliance concerns in ways that are effective, efficient, and cloud-native. 

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Optimization Assessments

Operations & Process :  Identifies your company strengths and weaknesses, resulting in an actionable plan that will optimize processes, tools, and teams delivering significant cost savings, performance improvements, and productivity enabling your business to thrive in the evolving landscapes of your industry.

Application Dependency : On occasion, we see companies that lack a consistent usable view of all the application relationships and interdependencies within the estate. This relationship/interdependency information is of fundamental importance when making strategic decisions (e.g. around cloud adoption, datacenter migrations, etc.). Our Application Dependency Analysis pulls together disparate data sources and provides a point-in-time view of the actual estate level complexity to help make better business decisions.

Application Rationalization : The key to improving efficiency, lowering total cost of ownership and simplification of portfolio complexity is in creating and building a successful application rationalization framework that focuses on the process of cataloging and eliminating duplicate software applications used across an organization.

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Stability Assessments

Operations : Consistently delivering & maintaining high levels of operational stability is ultimately dependent on the convergence of good design, consistent and reliable implementation, and robust and effective approaches to operations. In some cases, our clients have instability, audit items or high operational costs and are struggling to tackle the people, process and technology aspects, requiring external advisory and intervention to get them back on track. 

Infrastructure : includes analysis and actions focused in following key areas:

  • how often outages occur

  • the impact of those outages (often seen as excessive) 

  • the length of time to recover

  • infrastructure weaknesses and gaps

We take a structured and holistic approach to identifying the pain points, underlying causes of instability, and the provision of pragmatic, actionable advice based on years of practical experience. 

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Modernization Assessments

Platform Technology Reviews : This analysis applies the techniques of data science to identify, acquire and combine existing sources of infrastructure and application data in your environment to gain an understanding of how the systems interact. The output provides a consistent base of validated infrastructure and application data (based on 4 factors - Viability, Suitability, Risk, and Compliance) on which to base the analysis performed by our Modernization and Economic Value Analysis services (see below).

Architecture Reviews : This evaluation is focused on understanding where your system architecture is today and where it needs to be tomorrow based on your business goals. We perform pattern analysis, provide validation of design elements, and identify and remediate poor design ensuring your architecture can grow with your company.

  • Software

  • Infrastructure

  • Data

  • Interoperability

Platform Migration : The analysis acquires application level information using surveys and interviews of application owners. The information is combined with enterprise architecture rules describing how a customer plans to strategically employ different platforms. We then compares applications to those rules to, dramatically reduce the time required to plan modernization of applications and migrate to new platforms.

Cloud Transformation : We combine stakeholder interviews, planning, workshops, estate mapping, and operating model road-mapping to deliver the foundation for a cloud transformation and provide the consensus building proving how proposed changes support the business goals.

Application Transformation : For clients considering migrating a portion or all of their applications to a future state, be it the cloud, a container or a managed datacenter, they will more than likely be interested in seeing what the underlying economics of the initiative looks like from a business perspective. Combined with our Economic Value Analysis, our Application Transformation Assessment creates thorough and transparent business cases which helps analyze the current cost, projected future state costs and the projected composite investment for each application in the portfolio. 

Who You Might Work With

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Anthony Maiello

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Anthony has been in CTO/CIO roles most of his career enabling technology strategy and solving problems for many great companies across multiple industries for over 3 decades. He serves on multiple advisory boards and is founder and President of VNCTech Group

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Surj Ramlogan

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Surj has 30 years of global leadership experience in product strategy, design, development of commercial product solutions and innovative technologies.He is an expert in the use of advance technology solutions, usability, consistency, interoperability and seamless integration

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Ken Caird

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Ken has over 40 years’ deep technology experience and uses his broad experience combined with innovation to identify and clarify the interactions between technologies, economic and business considerations, and the role of standards and regulations. 

It's time you address those pain points with deep dive assessments

If you're serious about optimizing or stabilizing your system today, let's talk.

We'll discuss your ideas, see if it makes sense, and help you understand the best next steps.

Average engagement per assessment is 2-3 months

                           Starting at 

$20K / assessment 

 

We deep dive specific areas of your system

 
 
 
 

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