When you're making a business decision, having the wrong argument can be worse than having no argument at all. There are a lot of ways migration to the cloud can help an organization increase efficiencies, but focusing on the wrong benefits won't help. When it comes to the ROI of the cloud, here are a few capabilities you don't want to focus on, followed by three that you do.
Cloud service and storage providers offer valuable IT solutions for businesses of all sizes. Originally thought of as more for personal use, cloud storage for business is following in the footsteps of many personal technologies adapted for business purposes. As Steve Knutson, Marco CTO, said, “From storage to software to security, cloud services are taking over almost every aspect of technology.” Many businesses can benefit from comprehensive cloud services – hosted applications, Infrastructure as a Service and more – and the transition often begins with data storage needs.
How many clouds do you operate in? Just a few short years ago, leaders could list them on a couple fingers or at least one hand. Now most organizations, even small businesses, are finding themselves forced into a labyrinth of public and private clouds.
In communities where the construction of new manufacturing facilities once adorned the headlines, we’re seeing a new economic player: data centers.
As Chief Technology Officer, I have helped provide the strategic direction of the technology and related services that Marco provides. In recent years, that role has become more demanding due to the explosion of technology applications and integration in the marketplace, as well as our significant growth as a company. Taking an idea to execution and into the marketplace no longer can take years.
No, this isn’t a blog about comfortable mattresses or pillows. This is about hosted services and the importance of finding the right partner to help you make the transition. A good service provider remains a vital partner for your IT needs. That said, here are the benefits of the right cloud partnership that may help you sleep more soundly at night...
A report released this week revealed that the U.S. government is spending about three quarters of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems. In some cases, the platforms are more than 50 years old. This covers everything from Social Security and Medicare to the Treasury and Transportation Department’s Hazardous Materials Information System.
Many IT teams and business owners stress about the cloud migration process, worrying about the timeline and the potential for lost productivity, or worse, lost data. The potential risks involved causes many people to lose sleep – or even disregard the benefits and advantages of having a cloud-based business.
If you find yourself with these same fears, here are some answers that shed light on how a good cloud migration should be handled to eliminate any risks and concerns.
What do you think your organization’s innovation index is? Where would you fall in comparison to others in your community and in your industry?
Now, I am not talking about condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere – I am referring to the infrastructure that stores data, and is accessed via the Internet.
While the general understanding of what the cloud is and how it is used is continuing to grow, we’ve found that many users associate “the cloud” with their smart phones. Take a look: