Customers often wonder what some of the best practices are for migrating applications to AWS quickly and confidently. Although the organizational structure and business objectives of every enterprise varies, there are certain patterns and practices the Mass Migration team has learned that tend to ring true for every kind of company.

Four of those best practices for Cloud Migration are:

  1. Start small and simple. In other words, put some quick wins on the board. The more your staff becomes comfortable with AWS services, and the faster your stakeholders see the benefits, the easier it will be to “sell” the vision internally. To do so, you need consistency and transparency, and we see many organizations using a series of quick wins to get there.
  2. Automate. The cloud’s agility is realized through automation. Spend time revisiting processes and establishing new ones that can take advantage of it as you migrate. If not all of your aspects can be automated, carefully determine which ones can, and empower your team to do so.
  3. Approach the cloud as transformational. To do so, adjust your internal processes so that they’re able to embrace this technological change. Use that transformational nature to your advantage to align stakeholders with this new paradigm. And always be skeptical of those who say, “But we’ve always done it this way . . .”
  4. Leverage fully managed services wherever possible. That includes ones like Amazon RDSAWS Directory Service, and Amazon DynamoDB. Let AWS handle the day-to-day maintenance activities and free up your team to focus on what matters most: your customers.


Stephen Orban. 2016. 21 Best Practices for Your Cloud Migration. Retrieved from:

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