To the cloud! Why you need a cloud computing strategy

Posted by: Schepisi - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

You’ve probably read countless articles online about the benefits you can make to business operations with the power, convenience, and innovation of the cloud.

Even if you’re business is not quite there yet, you’re probably used cloud storage in your personal life. 

Think email addresses, social networks, and any other online domain that is accessed solely with an internet connection and log in password.

“Unleash the power of the cloud!”

“Reap the benefits of cloud computing!”

"Get your head in the clouds!"

Why you need a cloud computing strategy

These are just a snapshot of how the tech world is promoting the cloud. 

If you’re considering a move to the cloud, you’ve asked yourself the important questions, and you’re willing to learn what the cloud can do for your business, the next step is to have a tailored strategy designed with your business needs in mind.

Why do you need a strategy?

Imagine diving into any task without prior consideration of the preparation, transition, and aftermath. 

It’s a risky (and pretty silly) move, and it’s fair to say that you probably wouldn’t do it.

An individual assessment on how you operate your business will be one incredibly important factor when determining the type of cloud you could adopt.

Not all clouds are created equal

That's why a specified cloud strategy is a crucial part of your cloud migration process. A thorough cloud strategy is tailored specifically to you so you can really understand the potential value behind the move.

It also helps to cut through the hype, instead presenting you with realistic aims and objectives.

No two businesses are completely alike, but many enterprise businesses will agree on the need for big data allocation, robust support, and seamless connectivity. 

As your business matures, we can build and expand on the internal cloud we build, especially for you!

Components of the strategy

The cloud addresses not only a software issue, but an infrastructure issue, too. Your cloud strategy’s goal, then, is to mesh these two components together into a feasible, achievable, beneficial result specific to your business. It’s all about enabling business agility.

Through the strategy, your business objectives are defined, and your cloud service provider create a clear image of how your business can utilise cloud computing. Cloud adoption principles are subsequently defined.

Move to the cloud!... or maybe not?

The most important part of the whole cloud computing journey is determining whether or not your business is actually suitable candidate for the cloud. 

While some claim the cloud “will change the way you do business”, or that cloud computing is the “future of businesses”, it does not necessarily mean that you’re a perfect match.

The analysis component of your strategy will provide a frank, transparent outlook on the benefits your business could reap through cloud adoption.

Cloud migration without a strategy

No strategy means that cloud migration is unguided, so it is unconstrained by instructions, time frames and directions.

This can result in loss of productivity for your workplace (something we can safely assume no company is okay with!) and just an all-round delay in cloud deployment.

Email information, data, documents, contacts and history are just some of the components that may be moved to the cloud.

Without a strategy, you’ve got no clear guide on how data should best be moved, the order in which it shall be moved, and the disruption (if any) it may have on day-to-day operations. 

Above all, though, it will offer you transparency so you know exactly what your cloud provider will be doing.

Moving to the cloud

Cloud computing is ready for you – today. Could your business benefit from moving to the cloud? 

Learn how your business and the cloud could work together – contact a Telstra cloud expert from Schepisi!

Telstra Business Partner Australia