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What’s Keeping You From the Cloud?

There's a growing gap between organizations that have embraced the cloud and those who don't want anything to do with it. 

I see many companies today successfully migrating some workloads to the cloud. I find what they all have in common is that they have a strategic plan on what’s going to move while also understanding the impact and value to their business. 

For those organizations that are slow or hesitant to make this move, there's a common set of questions, concerns, and new considerations that have emerged:

  • Where do I begin?
  • How do I make sure I don’t paint myself into a corner?
  • How can I maintain control?
  • How do I properly evaluate vendors and feature sets?
  • How do I make sure my data is protected?
  • Does my enterprise architecture need to change? 
  • What are the real benefits to my organization?
  • Is the culture of the organization ready for cloud computing?
  • Am I willing to look at this as more than just the next wave of technology?

To add to the potential confusion, the technology landscape is changing quickly.  As more cloud providers enter the market, the right path seems even more unclear. 

Understanding Motivations

When we work with clients in this area, it’s important for us to understand their motivations in leveraging cloud computing - and it's not as simple as saying "we want to do it." There are architectural considerations, risk and governance issues, and not least of all - cultural readiness. 

One of the biggest mistakes we see is when clients decide to "dabble" with the cloud.  I often hear, "We’re going to try some development in Amazon" without considering the implications of this seemingly innocent move.  From our perspective, there are a number of questions in this area alone:

How will you manage the environment?  How portable is the environment? How will you (or can you even) move it easily into a production environment?  Once in production, how does this fit into your overall enterprise architecture?

Cloud Readiness Workshops

I'm not sure if I’m helping or hurting the cause here, but I hope one thing is clear - to do cloud the right way involves asking the right questions.   It's something that needs to be thought out and evaluated in a strategic manner.  Unfortunately, many organizations outside of the larger enterprises don’t have the time or skill sets to perform the appropriate due diligence.  That's where we can help.

We have just recently announced the launch of our 'Cloud Readiness Workshops'. These full-day sessions are meant for organizations who understand the benefits of moving to the cloud, but aren’t sure where to begin.  They also have questions specific to their environment that need to be answered before they can truly consider this move. This is exactly what our workshops offer. Not only will a Cloud Readiness Workshop help answer your specific questions, it will leave you with a high-level roadmap on how your organization can begin to realize the benefits of cloud computing.

More To Come

In addition to our workshops, which are scheduled onsite for individual companies, this article is the first in a series we will be adding on our site to answer some of those questions listed earlier. Stay tuned for those upcoming articles and contact us if you think a Cloud Readiness Workshop would be a good first step in your company’s evolution to the Cloud.

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