In a recent blog, we cited cloud computing as one of the top IT trends to watch this year. Hardly a fresh innovation, cloud has already had a significant impact on the IT space. According to research from the IDC, disruptive cloud computing has spurred a $60 billion increase in IT spend between 2013 and 2017.
Whether you’re part of a small business or a bustling enterprise, the beauty of cloud is that it opens companies up to a world of possibilities. Not only does cloud boost flexibility and collaboration, it’s also more cost-effective and allows employees to access information from anywhere and at any time. And with the option to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy, businesses really do have the freedom to tailor cloud applications depending on their unique requirements.
But as is the case with testing out any new technology or adopting a new business process, if you truly want to realise the benefits, you need to do things properly. Here are a few things to should consider if you’re an enterprise wanting to make your migration to the cloud an absolute breeze:
Enlist help from business analysts:
The role of a business analyst is to match an organisation’s need for change with solutions to enable that change. It’s their job to understand business requirements and use this knowledge to plan accordingly. A business analyst will ensure that the cloud solution matches the business’ strategy and that the selected cloud solution will foster more efficient business processes.
One of the greatest hesitations people have when moving to the cloud is security. To mitigate the risks of cloud computing, it’s important to encrypt everything you put in the cloud. While a cloud service provider should have security measures in place to keep your information safe, it’s also your responsibility to ensure that private information is kept just that, private.
Don’t stick with the same database:
When choosing a cloud solution, it can be tempting to just stick with what you know. And by that we mean, you may be tempted to try to make use of a cloud database that is the same as the database you already have on-premises. But what benefits are you actually realising if you’re just sticking with the same technology? The beauty of cloud is the agility and flexibility it offers. Just signed on for a big project? By moving to the cloud, you can access architecture that allows you to scale up and down with no problems.
Keep an eye on compliance:
As we mentioned earlier, any enterprise adopting a new cloud solution needs to be mindful of security. Similarly, if your business is moving sensitive corporate and consumer data to the cloud, you must ensure that your strategy complies with your industry’s data governance and compliance regulations. When undertaking any cloud migration, sound security and governance are some of the most important parts of the process.
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