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August 7, 2023

Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA) Tool Overview

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Are you ready for the Cloud?

A successful cloud migration begins with a detailed analysis of goals, business plans, and resources currently used, with the initial purpose of gaining a clear understanding of the starting point, discovering the gaps to be filled, and developing a strong business case. It is in this exact context that our Accelerated Cloud Exploration (ACE) program comes into play: as an Advanced AWS Consulting Partner, a team of specialists from Ankercloud guides our customers through a complete assessment phase covering all these points to make a well-informed decision on whether and how to move to the cloud.

Ankercloud’s expertise is combined with a variety of professional tools offered by AWS, starting with the Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA), which represents the first hands-on activity to embark on the Cloud Exploration journey. A customized roadmap is built to define the successive actions to be taken.

What is the MRA tool?

The Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA) tool is used to assess the customer’s strengths and weaknesses following the 6 areas of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework: Business, Platform, People, Governance, Operations, and Security. It evaluates existing skills and set-up on a scale from 1 to 5, highlighting the readiness level and giving an overall score for each main focus area and related subtopics.

How does it work?

The process requires you to answer 80+ questions and is typically fulfilled in a 1-day workshop, but it can also take several days. Due to the difficulty of the topics and the depth of the analysis, it is important that the customer’s team and the experts from Ankercloud work well together to finish the tasks.

What is the outcome?

After data collection, Ankercloud generates a full report that includes charts, scores, and data visualization. Together with the customer, we can look at the results and determine which areas need more work and which are already ready to move to the cloud.

But the MRA workshop is just the beginning.

To finish the business case, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) must be calculated, and it may be necessary to evaluate how the on-premise resources are set up.

The AWS Migration Evaluator and Migration Portfolio Assessment are suitable tools to fulfill the missing analysis and guide our customers towards the completion of the ACE Program, ready for a PoC implementation. Based on the MRA results as well as the outcome of the other components of ACE, our customers have full visibility of the strengths and weaknesses of a potential migration to the cloud and can make an informed and confident decision if and how to migrate.

Further learning…

Are you willing to discover what the AWS cloud can offer but unsure what the best way to start is? Want to know more about MRA and the other tools available to complete the assessment phase, as well as our Accelerated Cloud Exploration program? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we will be more than happy to solve all your doubts and give support for getting started with AWS cloud technologies.