Understanding the Right Combination for Successful Cloud Implementations

Understanding the Right Combination for Successful Cloud Implementations
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by Sanjeev Kapoor 29 Dec 2014

Cloud computing is a practice that has become exceedingly popular over the past few years. It involves utilizing a network of remote servers that are hosted on the Internet in order to handle data. This includes everything from storing it, to managing it, to processing it. Prior to cloud computing, companies and individuals would have used a personal computer or a local server for this function.

Nevertheless, cloud computing possesses many benefits, such as scalability and less maintenance, and has thus become a critical component for companies across all industries. Yet, if you truly want to reap the gains of cloud computing you need to ensure it is implemented properly. For this to be the case, you must have the right combination of technology, processes, and indeed people. In this post, we will take a look at this in greater depth in order to give you a helping hand. So, keep on reading to discover all you need to know…

It does not matter how big or small your organization may be, nor does it matter what goals you have, if you wish to implement cloud computing successfully you simply have to get this balance right. You cannot view the move to a hybrid cloud as a mere technology transformation. It is much more than this.

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So, let’s begin by dealing with the technology side of things. There are numerous technology options to consider when implementing cloud computing. Security is something all businesses will want to achieve. Yet, apart from this, when determining what solution is right for you it depends on the challenges you face and indeed your goals. You can manage various hybrid cloud infrastructures with certain technologies, which means you can scale and mobilize across different cloud deployments as the needs of your business grow.

The next thing you need to take into account is the process. Proper governance and processes are essential.  If you skip this step, you will find that the web infrastructure becomes extremely complex and will get to the point where it cannot be managed. There are several approaches you can take. When it comes to systems procurement, a lot of companies elect to use the classic waterfall model. In regards to systems management, you need a process that is iterative, collaborative and agile if you are to meet the demands of your customers.

Last but not the least, the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to striking the right balance for cloud implementation is the people. This can be the most difficult aspect of the three. This is because of the significance of technology when driving a business nowadays, as well as the ever changing landscape of technology. One recommended approach is using deliverables-based engagements
to engage with consumers.

All in all, if you want cloud computing to be deployed successfully at your company, you need to ensure you have the right balance of people, technology and processes. There is no magic formula when it comes to this. It is all about finding what works for your company – taking into account your goals, as well as your challenges.

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