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Webinar Recap: Start Planning Your Migration to AWS

Migrating to the cloud can unlock your data’s potential, enabling you to incorporate artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Internet of Things technologies.

At the same time, cloud migration can save you up to 31% in infrastructure costs and cut unplanned downtime by 69%, compared to on-prem hosting.

To get the most out of your cloud migration, you need to work with an expert — especially in the highly regulated healthcare and government spaces.

IMT has paired 20+ years of our master data management (MDM) experience with AWS leading cloud technology to bring you the best of both worlds.

Last week, IMT’s John Wieler and Jim Dafnis presented our approach and recommendations for MDM migration and management to AWS with Larry Sylvestre, Canada Healthcare Leader at AWS. Then we talked through how to plan your own MDM migration to AWS.

If you missed it – Watch the recording here!

Here are a few highlights of the conversation:

The 5 pillars of well-architected frameworks

John Wieler explained that no matter your primary reason for moving to the cloud, we recommend exploring the 5 pillars of a well-architected framework as part of your process. Doing so can help you set priorities and align the migration with your business goals. 

Operational excellence: Continuously improve processes that deliver business value

Security: Protect data, systems, and assets

Reliability: Ensure the workload is available when needed, throughout its entire lifecycle

Performance efficiency: Maintain efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve

Cost optimization: Avoid overprovisioning (and paying) for theoretical peak loads

MDM – tuned for AWS

Jim Dafnis explained how IMT has tuned MDM specifically for AWS, optimizing workloads with automatic scaling.  This also enables rapid prototyping — for example, on a new analytics package — without needing to invest in expensive new server space. Instead, you can simply migrate your test or dev environment, and only pay for what you actually use.  

With MDM on AWS, you can spread your data across multiple availability zones (data centers) with automatic elasticity. This improves latency and reduces risk. AWS currently offers 76 availability zones in 24 regions worldwide, with more to come.

Protecting your master data in the cloud

Security is one of the biggest advantages of cloud. Rather than trying to stay on top of the latest patches and threats in-house, you can outsource those concerns to teams dedicated to understanding current best practices.

And since both IMT and AWS have deep experience in healthcare and government, we take security especially seriously. With HIPAA-ready architectures, continuous monitoring, contingency planning, and proactive security/vulnerability management, you get a robust, multi-pronged approach that keeps your data secure and assets secure. (See more about how IMT and AWS protect your data.)

Larry Sylvestre presented that AWS has 50+ global compliance certifications and accreditations, including HIPAA, HITRUST, and GDPR, with more than 100 HIPAA-eligible services and 60+ HITRUST-certified services to let you develop your own solutions. 

With MDM on AWS, you can take advantage of AWS tooling to monitor and analyze your environment, send alerts, and troubleshoot potential problems or request that IMT provide a fully managed experience. Through the IMT AWS Cloud Center of Excellence, we can tailor a solution to your exact needs.

How to get started with cloud migration

The great thing about cloud migration is it’s simple to start small and expand over time. Our team can take you through our four-step process (Assess, Connect, Migrate, Go Live) to identify the best path forward and help you prepare for every step. See how IMT creates and executes the right plan for your migration.

Have a project in mind? Want to kick the tires a bit and learn how cloud migration can fit your org’s long-term goals? Contact John Wieler at sales@imt.ca to talk more about setting up a Cloud Value and Readiness assessment. 


If you haven’t’ already – be sure to review the other blog posts in our AWS series:

The Many Advantages of MDM on AWS

5 Reasons to Migrate Your MDM to AWS

4 Steps to Securely Migrate MDM to AWS

How AWS Protects Your Data

How IMT MDM Manage Services on AWS Can Optimize Your Uptime