Four Main Aspects to Consider in Your Cloud Strategy
Now, more than ever, you are faced with decisions on public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, Microsoft Cloud, Office365, virtualization, and related topics. New concepts emerge daily, fueling the fear of lagging behind in progress, being unable to compete in the long-run, and perhaps even missing out on the opportunities associated with digitalization. Are these concerns justified?
The Cloud may not necessarily be the right solution for every business, but it is still worth taking a closer look.
1.Is cloud the right solution for my business?
To verify if the cloud is right for you, consider the following questions:
- What are the current arguments for and against cloud? (For example, potential IT hardware savings, administration cost reduction, security concerns, and possible provider dependencies)
- Which cloud solution is necessary and feasible?
- Is a pure cloud solution or hybrid solution better?
2. Which provider is suitable?
Cloud solutions are a dime a dozen. But which solution(s) and provider(s) are practical, secure and best suited to my business? Which give me and my customers the greatest security?
- Or another solution?
When choosing the right provider, it is important to consider the following:
- Data security – Does the provider hold security certificates? Is there an existing crisis management?
- Cost transparency – Is the pricing model comprehensible?
- Performance and experience – Can the provider deliver references where performance is clearly represented?
- Services – What services and packages are offered?
- Implementability – Does the solution fit in the existing IT-System?
- Flexibility – Is the solution adaptable to grow with your needs?
- Reliability – Are there Service Level Agreements and specific certifications?
- Administration – What are the options for administration?
Service providers and software manufacturers that facilitate the use of cloud services must be examined in terms of cost/benefit:
3. Does cloud support my business strategy?
There certainly are different approaches, all depending on the specific reason(s) of procuring cloud services instead of providing your own infrastructure. It is important to weigh several different cost aspects, for example acquisition costs and ongoing service costs.
Above all else, it is important to reflect on your IT strategy and planning. The following points should be considered:
What influence does cloud have on:
- Strategy and planning?
- Management and controlling?
- Organization and governance?
- Personnel and related competencies?
- Services, functions and processes?
- Tools and technologies
4. Are you truly ready to move to the cloud?
As private cloud solutions are increasingly used in consumer environments, and the sorporate pressure to remain competitive increases, it is important to ask yourself this question.
There are various ways to determine if the cloud is the right solution for your business and if our business is cloud-ready. A cloud assessment can help in ensuring that all relevant factors are considered.
Five questions from your Cloud Readiness checklist:
- Does the fundamental IT infrastructure need to be changed or can I choose a hybrid solution?
- Can the business handle and accelerated IT lifecycle?
- Is my business up to date and hold IT Security competencies?
- Are there enough cloud competency holders in my business?
- Are my existing software license agreements Cloud-Ready?
Do you have specific questions about cloud providers, O365, cloud transition or even about your own cloud readiness? We are happy to help and together we will find a solution tailored to your company.
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