Should we venture to the cloud? Is it the right time to take the step forward? A growing number of small businesses are battling with these questions; most often without a proper understanding of the system. What they seem to be unaware of is the opportunities and risks that embrace the idea of accessing software applications via the cloud. With a right and effective strategy in hand, transforming your small business and increasing the prospects for greater innovation and productivity should come easy to you.

  • Understanding Your Need – A Priority
  • Migrating to Cloud Software – The Chief Determinants
  • Choosing Your Cloud Provider – The Key to Vendor Assessment
  • Ensuring Cloud Migration – Adapting to Organizational Changes
  • Migrating to Cloud Software – Top Aspects to Keep in Mind

Understanding Your Need – A Priority

Before considering the migration to cloud software, you should develop a clear view about the kind of services that you would like to adopt. This further helps determining the need and interest of your business at best. With the choices being overwhelming, you should always ensure taking calculated steps. From complete infrastructure hosting, disaster recovery services, managed backup to application delivery, the choices are wide-ranging.

Migrating to Cloud Software – The Chief Determinants

Ready to take up the migration? Before you say ‘yes’ to the process; here’s a look at what you should be aware of to ensure a successful migration-

  • Security – Is your data secured and protect well against loss, tampering, and unauthorized access.
  • Infrastructure Complexity – Does the migration make the business architecture simpler?
  • Cost – Do you have the budget to control the costs and how does it prove to be beneficial against the on-premise services.

It is to be noted that one of the empowering abilities of a cloud solution is to scale upwards and downwards to match your business needs and size. However, you should still ensure that the capabilities of the provider wonderfully matches your growth plan.

Choosing Your Cloud Provider – The Key to Vendor Assessment

The range of technical issues associated with cloud solution is likely to bring down or narrow the choices with respect to suitable suppliers available in the market. However, if you know the tricks well, making a choice shouldn’t be hard. So, how do you find the right provider assisting to your needs? While there is no such consistent check-list existing in the market, you need to be aware of at least some essential factors catering to your business requirements. For instance, a service company and a manufacturing firm will never
bear the same kind of check-list.

Here is a quick look at the aspects that you need to aware of with respect to vendor assessment:

  • Is the Cloud Company Prompt and Responsive?
  • Is your cloud service of choice transparent enough?
  • How much or what kind of access does the cloud provide?
  • Is your cloud provider prepared to answer questions related to cloud solution?
  • What your cloud provider requires from you to ensure complete solution?
  • Does your provider offer a comprehensive range of support services?
  • Is your cloud provider understanding and accommodative of your needs?

If the answer to the above-mentioned questions tend to be a ‘no’ then, you should always ensure looking for another service provider in the market. Your cloud provider is likely to emerge as the most significant part of your company, someone you will be trusting with all the essential applications and processes, important data, etc. Therefore, a wise choice is always recommended.

Ensuring Cloud Migration – Adapting to Organizational Changes

When it comes to ensuring a successful migration to cloud, a number of factors tend to make the migration complex. Most often the IT organizations wind up factors, which stand as a roadblock to successful migration. However, the biggest failure possibly rests with the inability to understand that cloud computing initiates major organizational change. In fact, every department of an organization faces the change impacted by cloud computing on the processes, systems, and people. In the fear of the uncertain or unknown, a number of IT organizations focus on embracing a tactical approach to cloud computing.

Most often, the strategy revolves around taking up projects with limited scope that usually involve developing own private cloud or a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application. The failure to own a proper management model emerges from the fact that most of the IT organizations tend to follow suit into the cloud simply because the senior management has the support of the CIO’s. What gets worse is that the organizations remain convinced that cloud computing is cost saving without developing much understanding regarding the management implication that tends to follow.