You’ve spent the cash. Make sure you get what you’ve paid for.
You’ve made the decision and moved your critical business data to the cloud. The benefits that you expected are being realised and you’re reassured that you’ve made the right decision for your business.
Russel Ridgley, head of cloud services, Pulsant, gives a few step-by-step pointers on how to ensure your cloud solution is doing all it needs to for your business.
Define your expectations
Cloud seems to be the answer to a great many business challenges and issues, and an overall good idea. But the reality is that unless you define exactly what your requirements and expectations are, it may be difficult to match what you need with what you have. You need a cloud solution that is tailored to your specific business and technical requirements and not the other way around. Consideration must be given to your users, IT infrastructure, and types of data you have (sensitive information, payment details, customer records, etc.) You should also determine whether all your data and systems will be migrated to the cloud or if some will remain hosted internally – depending on legal requirements, data centre location and data sovereignty issues.