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June 10, 2021

Solving migration challenges with automation, governance, and controls

In a previous blog post, 5 common roadblocks to migration success, we shared some of the insights we learned in our 5 ways to make your cloud migration faster webinar with AWS and Slack. 

The expert panel consisted of:

  • Marcus Wildsmith, Chief Product Officer, Cutover
  • Kieran Gutteridge, Chief Technology Officer, Cutover
  • Ron Melanson, Global Lead, Control Services Field Enablement, AWS
  • Richard Whitehurst, Senior Solutions Engineer, Slack

This week, we’re sharing more insights on how the right automation, governance, and controls can make all the difference when it comes to migrating to the cloud, with examples of how Cutover, AWS, and Slack have helped solve problems for their customers.


Automation can save time and help to keep everyone on target throughout the migration. It can also help to improve technical alignment between different platforms.

Case study: Symetra Financial & AWS

Symetra Financial were able to automate their AWS migration destination environment by leveraging AWS Marketplace solutions to create a “move-in” ready environment for their application migrations and then automated the process for their migration teams by creating a migration factory using AWS Service Catalog and CloudEndure Migration tools. 

Another important aspect of automation is the ability to integrate with other applications to create a seamless process and centralize all activity in one place. Migration teams tend to use a wide variety of tools and platforms like Cutover and AWS across the migration process and application lifecycle.


The larger the enterprise, the harder it is to deliver the controls and governance required to provide the air traffic control mechanics that keep a project moving at pace. AWS is seeing customers move to application-based patterns to track resources at the application level to combat this. 


There are two kinds of controls when it comes to cloud migration, preventative (proactive) and detective (reactive). Preventative controls make the cloud environment more resilient to attacks by eliminating vulnerabilities, while intrusion detection software and network security monitoring tools are examples of detective controls - their role is to monitor the network to determine when an attack could be happening. Of course, prevention is better than cure, but both types of controls are needed as no system can be 100% secure. 

How Cutover helps with controls: 

  • Creating standard migration processes
  • Making use of existing systems of record (CMDB integrations)
  • Planning the migration path when you have thousands of apps
  • Governance checklist

AWS has tools, integrations and migration programs for customers. Many AWS customers save over 70% in costs and are seeing an increase in staff productivity upwards of 40%. Migrating to the cloud for AWS customers removes much of the undifferentiated heavy lifting of IT, enabling increased opportunities to innovate on behalf of their customers. 

The right automation, governance, and controls are all vital to ensuring cloud migration success, and the right technology can make it much easier to ensure these measures are in place. In our next cloud migration post, we explore the impact of visibility and communication in cloud migrations.


Watch the "5 ways to make your cloud migration faster" webinar to discover our top five ways to speed up your cloud migration, hear migration experiences and anecdotes from Cutover, AWS and Slack.


Chloe Lovatt
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