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Seeding Digital Transformation in Southeast Asia – Part 5: Application Migration

Part 5 of this 8-part series discusses Buttercup Spices and their application migration steps using Alibaba Cloud.

By Shantanu Kaushik

In Part 4, we discussed the strategy that the Buttercup Spices DX Team formulated to start their digital transformation journey. Moving your infrastructure to the cloud brings along a lot of computing power and managed services that make your life easier. Organizations today are adopting cloud computing rapidly, making it essential to keep track of what you need in a cloud service and which applications are worthy of migration.

This article discusses Buttercup Spices and their application migration steps using Alibaba Cloud.


Cloud-native applications are a way to move forward, but some highly customized business applications working within an enterprise setup have to be moved to induce business continuity and business intelligence. However, there are benefits to migrating legacy applications and optimizing them for the cloud. You can retrofit the applications to support and utilize the highly available cloud infrastructure or use the lift-and-shift method of migration.

The DX Team knew their organization needed to align their migration strategy with a highly optimized application lifecycle and the business transformation strategy.

Transformation Motive

Buttercup Spices needed to expand their business to run operations in a more productive and less time-consuming way. Every organization has different motives for adopting digital transformation. The first thing a good transformation strategy should reflect is the reason for the transformation.

The DX Team had a fair idea about their need for digital transformation. Buttercup Spices struggled to facilitate seamless daily operations because of outdated technological infrastructure.

The DX Team knew the Alibaba Cloud Cloud Migration Service could help Buttercup Spices improve their business intelligence and reduce daily operations cost significantly. As we discussed before, costs and allocated funds should be a focal point in a strong strategy. This is a vice-versa arm of the business. A strong strategy requires the allocation of funds to extract the real value from your digital transformation journey.

Application Selection

The DX Team decided not to migrate all of their applications at once. Some of the applications they currently use are at the end of their lifecycle. These applications are no longer useful, or better alternatives are available.

Alibaba Cloud presented Buttercup Spices with different services to host applications based on different levels of management. Buttercup Spices had to choose an IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS. They were presented with two products to help deploy and start using their applications, Simple Application Server and Web App Service.

Buttercup Spices is considering expansion, but they also need time to test their applications in a new environment. Their strategy had the provision of testing services before going all-in with the application load.

The DX Team thought about the bigger picture and strategized a transformation model that takes the applications you plan to migrate and the ones you can discard into account.

Business Process and Application Facilitation

According to the formulated strategy, the DX Team thought about all the comprehensive business processes that Buttercup Spices has and which areas of their business have provided them with a continuous production cycle. They already had the historical data they could use with Alibaba Cloud DataWorks to extract valuable information.

Now, the DX Team had their hands on data that reflects all the information required to assess the hierarchy of application priority. Digital transformation is the endgame and only comes after a strong strategy. This strategy led the Buttercup Spices DX Team to start choosing vital applications for business operations. However, they thought about the future of the business and how cloud-native applications could make them a leader by facilitating better application lifecycles.

The DX Team made a list of all the applications that would benefit from the cloud:

  • Employee Management

Alibaba Cloud RAM helped Buttercup Spices define different segments of user groups and user identities to enable moderated access to company resources. Previously, Buttercup Spices used a straightforward employee management solution that anyone can use to access the system. Alibaba Cloud RAM provides a comprehensive solution, so the administration will always know which resource was accessed, who accessed the resource, and what changes occurred, cutting down on data leakage and mishandling.

  • Business Resource Management

Buttercup Spices adopted an ERP solution based on cloud-native technology. However, they wanted to connect their in-house ERP solution to share data with this cloud-native application. Alibaba Cloud Data Transmission Service provided a well-synchronized approach to feed and sync data between the two databases, with one on the cloud and the other on-premise. This enabled Buttercup Spices to continue its operations while the DX team tests and approves online operations.

  • CRM

The Alibaba Cloud Business Marketplace was a lifesaver for Buttercup Spices. They found a CRM solution based on cloud-native technology that supports data sharing with an on-premise data center using Alibaba Cloud Express Connect and VPC solutions.

Continued in Part 6

Alibaba Cloud provides a strong solution suite that can help any organization grow. This growth is highly supported by one-click operations from Alibaba Cloud’s highly integrated product and solution hierarchy. In Part 6, we will discuss Buttercup Spices’ customer scenarios and their business transformation practice to encompass this customer-based scenario without any interruptions. We will also discuss the networking strategy the DX team implemented to connect multiple locations.

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