Cloud Computing Basics: What NOT to Do

By: Marco
April 23, 2015

cloud_computing_-_what_not_to_doIf your company is in the midst of transitioning some of its services to the cloud, or just beginning to consider migrating, there is a lot to keep in mind to ensure you make the right decision, and all goes as smoothly as possible.

As you take time to research and prepare your migration to the cloud, keep the following in mind:

Don't Do It for the Money

Costs and savings are at the forefront of most important business decisions. When it comes to migrating to the cloud, you shouldn’t do it for the sake of saving money alone. While this is an acceptable reason for considering a move to the cloud, this should not be your sole purpose. Some programs can be run more efficiently in the cloud, allowing your business to realize cost savings. However, many line-of-business applications still require an infrastructure investment and therefore are not cloud compatible. 

Instead, make your purpose for transitioning to the cloud more about enhanced functionality and flexibility for your users.

Don't Underestimate Security

Security is a very important facet of cloud computing. It’s important to properly evaluate the data your company works with on a daily basis and ensure your cloud environment provides the level of security necessary. In many cases, a hybrid cloud environment is the best solution because enhanced security measures specific to your organization can be implemented. 

Don't Choose a Provider Based Upon Your Previous Experience

Although your current provider may excel at providing you with excellent IT services, that doesn't mean they know the cloud computing intricacies necessary to help your company operate in a cloud environment. Working in the cloud presents distinct challenges and varying sets of business circumstances, which require unique expertise and experience. Choose a provider based on their previous experience with cloud solutions rather than your previous experience with their company.

Don't Underestimate the Impact in the Office

Assume your migration to a new computing environment will require some changes and adaptability from your users. People are naturally resistant to change. Sharing your plan and expectations with those that the change will affect can be helpful in reducing anxiety and opposition when the change actually takes place.

Don't Make the Decision Alone

Whether you are the CEO or head of the IT department, the decision to implement a cloud computing environment should not be made individually. It is vital that you consult with all areas and departments within your business before considering a move to the cloud. Each department within your business will be impacted differently by the change; thinking through these changes in the very beginning will make for a much smoother transition in the end. Plus, it is very beneficial to have an internal team prepared to champion this decision, communicate it to their teams and help their employees adjust.

Don't Move Forward Without a Service Provider

Finally, the transition to cloud computing presents your company with a new IT landscape. Deploying, managing and maintaining services in the cloud requires the knowledge and assistance of a cloud service provider. Their specialists are trained and experienced in all aspects of cloud computing so you can trust them to answer your questions, recommend a solution that is right for you and navigate a successful migration.

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