Making the Cloud Work For You

9/11/12 1:51 AM Eva Jacob Cloud Computing

Cloud SolutionsTechnology is always advancing to make what we do faster, more efficient, and therefore, more productive. One of the newer trends in technology is cloud computing. It aims to allow for the efficient usage of services, security, storage, and other functions to be available within a network that, metaphorically, resembles a cloud, hence the name. With all the talk about it, you may be wondering what cloud computing can do for your organization? Here are four ways that cloud solutions can benefit your company:  
  • Greater agility and scalability: Because different functions in your organization can use the same software, programs, and the like, cloud computing provides greater agility, or usage, of the resources that you currently have, including the ability for virtualization. It also makes more efficient use of resources, and therefore also reduces costs and capital expenditures:
  • Better security: Because you are using your IT support more efficiently, your network should have fewer areas of failover, and as a result better security – a key factor in the success of any business.
  • Greater business continuity: Easier maintenance, minimized failover and service disruptions, as well as greater disaster recovery mechanisms allow for constant access to current data and therefore, greater business continuity.
  • Development: One of the benefits of cloud computing is the ability to create applications that work within your cloud. These apps can do whatever you need them to do, and they can be built internally for more seamless usage of all cloud computing capabilities.
With all of the benefits of cloud solutions, there doesn’t seem to be a reason not to implement it. However, to make it work for you, the pieces won’t magically fall into place – you need to make it work for your organization. To do this, consider the following five aspects: 
  • What do you want to achieve?: If you don’t know what exactly you want from cloud computing, there’s no way you can make it work for your organization. You need to develop a concrete and achievable plan to implement a cloud computing model that fits well into your current business model.
  • Have a Plan B: Sometimes, the best plans don’t work exactly as you want. Therefore, you need to determine the possible points of contention in your cloud computing plan and determine if workarounds are both possible and reasonable for both employees and clients.
  • Time frame: Every plan also needs a time line for implementation, not only about when you can implement each part of the plan, but when to roll it out that will have the least impact on its users.
  • Training: Every new system has to be learned by its users, and cloud computing is no exception. Time will be required to train employees how to understand the changes introduced by cloud computing and how to make the most of those changes.
  • Compliance policies: It’s not enough to implement a cloud computing network; it also needs to be documented so that anyone can know the purpose of implementing this change and to adhere to compliance policies and best practices. It can also indicate that your organization’s plan was well-thought out before making the actual changes.

Cloud solutions can help any size company become more streamlined, efficient, and productive. You, however, can make it work for your particular organization as long as there is sufficient thought, planning, and contingencies built into that process. Contacting any reputable IT company specializing in cloud computing can help you determine the best ways to implement this change so that the process can be quick yet thorough.

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