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Deploying Cloud Strategies for an Enterprise

Cloud computing is the future. There is no argument there. What is doubtful is the rate of success. All organizations are adapting cloud strategies, but many of them are unable to receive results as expected. This is because of poor planning and strategizing. Whether you are a part of the IT team of an enterprise or are an outsourced IT solution for them, you will need to conduct equal amount of due diligence to create cloud strategies for it to achieve the desired success rate.

An excellent IT strategist would take all necessary steps to create the perfect strategy that fits seamlessly with the existing systems and monitors it regularly for improvements.

A Hybrid IT Structure

The benefits of cloud computing has rushed people into the phenomenon without adequate preparation. Organizations know the benefits that they are going to receive by migrating to the cloud but they forget to consider the associated risks. There are growing concerns about the privacy and security of client information and data in the cloud. Therefore, instead of transferring all the business’s systems onto the cloud in one go, specialist should bring in one application at a time. As each application succeeds at all levels, a new application should follow through. This hybrid IT architecture would keep a balance between the responsiveness and benefits of the system and the security issues.

Recruiting Cloud Experts

Cloud experts, be it cloud engineers, architects, developers or support staff, are in huge demand and rightly so. The deployment and effective use of cloud computing requires some serious expertise. Therefore, if an enterprise is planning to phase in cloud technologies, they should recruit enough cloud experts to handle each area specifically. Moreover, being in demand gives them the power to manipulate and leave organization if new opportunities arise. This means that retaining them is essential too. Providing them with good recruitment packages and giving them incentives to stay loyal to the enterprise is highly important.

Cloud computing is innovating with time, bringing with it new technologies and associated problems. Therefore, all cloud experts should be kept up to date with the latest happenings in the cloud sphere and be provided high level of training for maximum efficiency levels.

If an enterprise fails to recruit properly or later, fails to train and retain its cloud specialists, the entire cloud computing system can crash and fall due to lack of necessary attention and expertise. Therefore, it is critical to hire an expert cloud team to handle individual sections of the cloud system for optimal productivity and sustained growth.

Review Standards

The IT departments of all enterprises deploying cloud computing should set up review frameworks which include benchmarks for performances. This would ensure that all services provided, by the company’s own IT department or the outsourcing agency, are up to par with the standards set. These frameworks can also include security and multitenancy audits. Regular checks can help monitor the performance levels of all cloud technologies and compare the success rates from before deployment. All management checks should be designed in at the cloud platform level so that instant evaluations can be done and results reported.

Risk and Liability Mitigation

With proper planning, a slow, cautious adoption of the cloud system, a team of experts and review standards in check, an enterprise can protect its cloud strategy from failing. However, no amount of planning, expertise and caution can entirely prevent any loss or failure from happening. Therefore, an enterprise should have a risk and liability mitigation plan ready as a backup too. In case of a system failure or any kind of loss in the planned cloud strategy, despite all preventive measures in place, the mitigation plan will come in handy to limit the damage.

2014 is the year of cloud technologies. It is anticipated that by the end of this decade, cloud computing arena would have expanded by over 5 times. An enterprise can use this rising trend of deploying the cloud to deliver business value. Deployment might be easy but capitalizing the benefits while keeping the risks and threats in check is difficult. There is a dire need for extensive planning, high-level expertise and evaluation checks to make a cloud strategy deployment a success.

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