The Cloud

The Best Way to Transition to the Cloud

DEC 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe that as little as 5 years ago, managing services through cloud connectivity was a matter of great debate. Looking back, it’s easy to see that life in the professional infrastructure needed a way to improve:

  • Productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Cost-effectiveness

Cloud hosting provides a means to do all of that in one secure online storage cache.

For a low, monthly, per user fee, you can get a significant increase in productivity and collaboration without needing in-house nursemaids for your IT infrastructure. Assuming this claim is true, why aren’t all businesses jumping on this connectivity bandwagon? To understand that, we have to look at one factor in particular: risk.

Walking the Tightrope of Transition

Change and risk go hand-in-hand. John Martin, a tech conference presenter and contributor to Forbes Magazine recently wrote:

“The face of IT is changing forever, thanks to agile business practices, software-defined data centers, flash and cloud. But before we can turn these technologies into business benefits, we need to change our thinking. The biggest change should be how we think about risk. The implications are more obvious when moving to cloud computing than with any other area.”

What do most reluctant business owners sight as their reasons for not transitioning? The risk isn’t that cloud hosting doesn’t work, or even that it costs too much to implement. The risk that these businesses fear most is what happens if something goes wrong? As irrational as this fear may seem to cloud-savvy sectors, they do need to be addressed if the benefits of cloud computing are ever to outweigh the so-called risks.

The transition itself is only mildly disruptive. Many businesses have already started adapting to online data storage without fully realizing it. Even so, it is prudent to develop a roadmap that allows these pre-existing infrastructures to see that the transition process is really all about accessing professional advantages.

Answering Unresolved Questions: Dealing with Pre-Transition Jitters

Every professional environment faces its own challenges, peaks, and valleys. Given that fact; it can be difficult to come up with a convincing universal argument that leads to a successful transition for all.

Consider throwing out the argument all together, and instead, asking a series of pertinent questions:

  • Do your project needs change throughout the year? If so, this can create capacity issues at critical peaks in your fiscal calendar. However, if you use adaptable scaling with infrastrcture as a service (IaaS), available through cloud hosting, you can scale that capacity up or down depending on your needs.
  • How have your staffing needs changed since your company started? Team diversification and management can become a stumbling block as a business starts to grow. According to a Microsoft Research Survey, 66% of businesses using cloud services have employees who work remotely. The ability to share data, host meetings, and create a collaborative workspaces; regardless of location streamlines the management process more efficiently.
  • Could employee competence and effectiveness be improved if your staffing gets restructured? A cloud managed services company will provide you with a staff of highly trained engineers who will assume your IT responsibly so that your staff can concentrate on their primary duties and projects.

The best way to transition to the cloud is to simply start a conversation. Asking questions like this gets businesses to think about their needs in a different way. What started out as a risk assessment quickly becomes a chance to see vast improvement-to set and reach new goals.

When you paint it in the right light; cloud hosting is the next natural progression for solution-minded professionals.

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