When does it make sense to move off premises to AWS?

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Senior VP, Global CTO Hybrid IT in Software, 10,001+ employees
There are a number of factors to consider. First is to better understand what you're hoping to achieve (e.g. burst capacity, want to get out of the data center business, dev ops etc.). The second is to truly look at your costs today, AWS (or Azure or GCP) expected costs in the first year and more importantly what your costs will look like in years 2-5. Hope that helps.
CIO, Self-employed
Thanks Phil!
VP of Global IT and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, 501 - 1,000 employees
1) The business wants to move cost from Capex to Opex. 2) You wont be able to scale on premise within a short timeframe like you could in the cloud. 3) Your workloads aren't lift and shift out to the cloud, they are lift and modernize out to the cloud. Moving out to the cloud doesn't always equal a cost save, in fact most of the time organizations will see a slight increase once they move out to the cloud. However, there are so many global/centralized features-monitoring, AI, machine learning, that can be leveraged once have the workload(s) in the cloud and with each and everything you put in the cloud going forward. Those features aren't free, which is why an organization may pay a-little more than when it was on premise, but when you start adding up all the little stuff it may just make sense for your business. I can tell you from a P+L standpoint it makes managing various program costs so much easier, once you have the proper tagging in place, try doing that with on premises environments!
Chief Strategy Officer in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
One of the biggest advantage I saw moving to cloud was time to market for the products and services and the ability to quickly do a POC with a customer or prospect.

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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