This is not a new concept. In some way or another, Cloud Computing has been around since the late 1960’s when JCR Licklider of ARPANETfirst had a vision to have everyone interconnected and accessing programs and data online. So why is there such a huge storm around cloud computing today? Why are so many businesses struggling to get around something that was conceptualised in the 1960’s?
The simple answer – especially in countries where bandwidth is a constant battle – is that there has never been enough access to data; couple this problem to the realities and complexities of cloud computing and you have a concept that is as difficult to pin down as mist on a midwinter’s morning. This is all changing however and cloud computing has never been more of an attractive means of computing! The critical area where there is a large disconnect for businesses wanting to explore cloud computing is in their internal processes which may not be ready for the rocket launch into the clouds.
The following are some of the main areas that businesses need to pay special attention while grappling with the issue of cloud computing to ensure its success.
Knowing which data can potentially be moved to the cloud is critical as this will also let you know how critical security is for each set of data.
Similarly, once you know how your business processes work, they are then far easier to evaluate and translate to a cloud computing scenario. This will also show you each department that will be effected by the move to cloud computing and allow you to plan accordingly.
Ensure that you understand the different types of cloud computing resources that are available to you, either in terms of SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, DBaaS, BPaaS or in terms of Private, Public or Hybrid cloud computing rollouts. Each come with their own unique set of rewards and challenges.
Once the services and processes are adequately understood – ensure that the functional requirements are documented and that these will still be met by the potential cloud services you choose (SaaS especially).
Double check and plan for integration of your existing systems and the new cloud computing deployment. Your existing systems and the new deployment need to work and exchange data seamlessly – this is something that needs to be rigorously tested.
By understanding each of the areas above – even if you do not decide to make a move towards cloud computing – your business will benefit immensely by being better streamlined and robust for future operating challenges.
Cloud computing is definitely something that more businesses need to look at with a great degree of seriousness as the business benefits far outweigh the negatives; but it needs to be properly planned and each and every step alon the way, it needs to be completely understood.
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