Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) Canada is a significant federal institution of the Canadian government, which has a mandate of building an innovative and competitive knowledge-based Canadian economy. ISED’s portfolio includes seventeen different Canadian federal departments that work together to achieve government’s goal of building a knowledge-based economy in all regions of Canada and generate high-growth job opportunities.
Enquizit, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), successfully conducted a detailed ‘Migration Readiness Planning’ (MRP) exercise for ISED in under three months, an engagement that typically takes 4-5 months for an organization of similar size
Enquizit was primarily engaged by AWS to conduct the Discovery, Operations and Pilot Migrations Workstreams of the MRP process in tandem with AWS, who lead the engagement otherwise. The MRA (Migration Readiness Assessment) for this client identified quite a few challenges across all MRP streams; the relevant ones to Enquizit’s scope are listed below:
Enquizit worked alongside ISED and AWS to mitigate each of the gaps identified above. This project was successfully closed with the following highlights from Enquizit’s side:
As a federal organization, ISED has strict security and privacy requirements, which were kept in mind at all times. Enquizit worked with ISED and AWS to select applications that did not contain any classified information, and those who fulfilled the identified migration patterns. Enquizit also worked around the lack of VPN connectivity between ISED and AWS for pilot migrations, which was under process during the time of the MRP engagement.
The main challenge for the Discovery workstream included lack of an automated tool for Discovery, which was not used on client’s request due to security and privacy concerns. Enquizit’s team worked around this challenge by working closely with ISED’s resources, including application owners, to extract and gather relevant information as much as possible.
Despite the above challenges, ISED’s resources are now better prepared to carry out cloud migrations. This project has added significance as this was the first time a federal organization of this size from Canada engaged with AWS for its cloud migration needs. The successful delivery of this project bodes well for the future of cloud usage among Canadian federal organizations.
Migration Readiness Planning (MRP)
Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED), Canada
January 2019 – April 2019
Prime & Partners:
AWS & Enquizit