Cloud Computing Considerations
Planning a cloud installation properly is essential to the success of the implementation, but there are at least half a dozen other considerations that should not be neglected.
Delaying the move to cloud computing is a danger to businesses. All of your competitors are making the move and reaping the benefits. Change is difficult and it is only natural to put off taking advantage of newer technology making the excuse that they will wait and see what develops in the industry which will preferably involve less overall change. The problem with not taking advantage of the cost savings and capabilities of the Cloud is that your competitors are already signing up to use the Cloud. Leaner and more agile companies who are using a cloud model for their business are spending less on software licensing. Their employees are able to use multiple devices for work including their tablets and phones and even Apple computers. Security is great, you have a disaster recovery plan that is done for you by the service provider, and the controls and auditing measures in place for a business with employees. If you are a smaller company then you are missing out on the capabilities you need to compete with larger companies. The ubiquitous use of cloud computing puts smaller businesses on an equal footing in many areas when competing with medium and large companies in the same industries. For large companies, it helps them severely cut IT costs, and a hybrid private / public cloud approach can meet their needs best.
Consultants you use need to be able to understand your finances and current IT expenses and build a ROI case for your move to cloud computing. It is always important to understand how what you do with your IT budget affects finance.
Some people worry about the security of the public cloud providers. There is no need to worry, however, these companies have all made sure to create the best security systems possible, and outside breaches of public cloud data are almost unheard of. Local computers and network policy can also affect compliance, so password, network, and storage policies should be set accordingly. Companies should have on hand staff that understand the requirements for compliance with Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, and other standards their industries require. Some companies might do business with other areas of the world such as the European Union, where there are additional compliance regulations as well.
Having a vendor with an understanding of your data, how to integrate it, and how to analyze it is key to a successful cloud implementation. You need to have people who can take your existing data and find its’ proper place in your new cloud system. This provides you with the foundation for the data and metadata you will build with your new system, so it has to be done correctly. Interfaces to other systems have to be made as well, based on a deep knowledge of your historical data and existing systems. Finally, your consultants need to make charts, graphs, and dashboards that help you interact with data that is continually analyzed in real-time.
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