Is your business one of the 85% of enterprises that have a multi-cloud strategy or are you still deciding if it’s right for your business? Today, cloud computing is one of the most talked about topics in the IT industry. For companies still debating incorporating cloud services into their IT structure, there are many benefits. The proper implementation by a skilled IT team can provide greater efficiencies for employees and overall operations so companies can meet their annual goals.
“The Cloud” refers to a network of servers that share resources, software, and data through a remote system. This information is then stored on physical servers maintained by a cloud computing provider, such as Pinnacle Consulting Group who is a Microsoft partner offering Azure cloud services.
As the cloud environment reaches maturity, businesses are making the decision to move their applications, data or infrastructure to remote servers. There are many advantages for your business to fully adapt a cloud computing strategy including a more secure and mobile workspace, and financial savings. For your company to have a safe and successful transition to the cloud, companies must establish a proper migration strategy.
Stepping Up to the Cloud
Cloud computing for any business, regardless of its size, can bring many changes. Before making the transition, business leaders must first set migration goals and create a strategy. When establishing objectives, the IT team should set clear short and long-term benchmarks. Ask yourself the following questions to help determine these milestones:
- How will your company utilize the cloud, i.e. to store/archive, manage, or process data?
- What do you hope to accomplish?
- How will you measure your success?
Once a company has determined its goals, the strategy can be finalized. When shaping an approach, it’s important to remember that transitioning to the cloud does not, and often times isn’t, done all at once. In fact, companies should prioritize their low-risk, high-reward areas for initial transition to the cloud. Set a timeline to reach each benchmark to ensure a smooth transition and maintain seamless business operations.
Understanding the Risk
IT teams that are planning on using the cloud need to do their due diligence to understand that while they can transfer information and applications to the cloud, they are still responsible for protecting that information. So, how can you be sure the information stored on the cloud is safe? In short, you can’t, but you can take protective measures.
When making the move, a company should consider reevaluating and establishing updated cyber security guidelines for employees. Here are four privacy protection tips to include within your guidelines:
- Avoid storing sensitive business information in the cloud.
- Read and understand the user agreement and privacy to find out how the company’s cloud service storage works.
- Be serious about passwords. Encourage regular updates and provide best practice information when creating a code.
- Both parties, your business and your cloud provider, should encrypt files and programs.
Advantages of the Cloud
So, you’ve set your goals and have created a strong migration strategy. Now it’s time to enjoy the benefits. That’s right, this powerhouse of a structure provides many benefits for businesses and employees:
- Cloud computing provides major flexibility for businesses that are just starting out or those looking to grow and expand their inventory. As your company expands and more bandwidth is required, you have room to quickly increase your cloud capacity. With cloud computing you also have the option to minimize the hardware needed, improving your company’s bottom line.
- Financial Savings. Speaking of your company’s bottom line, in addition to fully utilizing hardware, companies will see a decrease in rack space, power usage, IT requirements and more. Which will ultimate result in lower installation, maintenance and support costs. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, these savings are invaluable.
- Regular software update. All employees are familiar with the company-wide emails sent from IT staff requesting they update their computers. Not every employee has the time to sit around and wait for these updates to be completed, however. With cloud computing, regular updates – including important security features – are rolled out on their own, allowing business owners and employees to focus on the other important tasks without interruption for greater operational efficiency.
- Disaster Recovery. As cloud computing continues to become a popular strategy for companies, cyber security must be a fundamental tenet of that strategy. Businesses of all sizes should implement a robust disaster recovery plan. Don’t let the term “robust” scare you or lead you to believe it is costly. Cloud computing is a great and affordable option to protect data if and when a cyber breach occurs.
- Stronger Collaboration. With the ability to access and share files from anywhere and at any time, your staff will become more productive. Cloud computing allows employees to provide real-time updates on projects, the freedom to work from any location, and provides full visibility and access to company information.
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With a thoughtful plan for implementation and management in place, cloud computing provides enormous benefits for companies. If you have not yet made the move, you’re just one click away from a stronger IT infrastructure, a cost-effective investment, and an overall increase in protection for your data.
Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have about moving your data to the cloud. Give us a call at 973-890-1111 or visit Pinnacle Smart. To learn more about our educational courses and services that can assist you through all your IT decisions, visit Pinnacle Center for Professional Development.