The SIX elements of cloud computing | Part 3: PROCESS and PEOPLE

Posted by: Schepisi - Friday, June 26, 2015

Much of the discussion around cloud computing migration has evolved from the question of if to the notion of when.

In fact, a global study conducted at the end of last year found that 81 per cent of survey respondents either used or planned to use “mission-critical applications on cloud” within the next two years.

That same study found that in Australia 86 per cent of respondents agreed that they have already been using the cloud for more than a year. This is a leap ahead of the US (where only 50 per cent agreed), and Germany, France, and the UK (60 per cent).

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Part three of our three-part cloud computing blog series

We have had a great time dissecting six elements that make up cloud computing. This is our third and final blog post, so before you go on, catch up with parts one and two:

The SIX elements of cloud computing | Part 1: STRATEGY and FINANCE

The SIX elements of cloud computing | Part 2: ARCHITECTURE and SECURITY

All caught up? Great – let’s continue.

Element 5: Process

What is the process of moving to the cloud?

Depending on the type of cloud you are moving to (private, public, or hybrid) you might find that the process differs. Further, there is no one clear-cut process to move to the cloud when comparing not only businesses, but also cloud providers. Each has its own malleable methods that are appropriately tailored to your business.

Initially, a tailored cloud strategy is created. This strategy becomes a direct influencer on the cloud deployment process. While no two strategies are alike, just as no two businesses are, a strategy’s aim is to minimise the risk and impact of error.

The strategy plays a crucial role in the process of moving to the cloud.

How is this move managed?

Simply put: we manage it!

Schepisi can monitor and manage the entire timeline of moving your business data to the cloud. Whether you are moving all business data or only a small portion of it, we will administer the entire process. This ensures security, fluidity, and continuity.

The right tools – used by the right people with the right experience and knowledge – can often result in minimal disruption of your business’s day-to-day operations when you move to the cloud.

Element 6: People

Who are the people that the cloud will affect?

Primarily, your IT team will be the ones affected by the cloud, but eventually, any individual who will be using new applications or software to access and collaborate on business data and documents will need to receive appropriate training (see below).

For cloud computing deployment to be successful in your organisation, training is critical. Training and education will arm employees with the knowledge and confidence to engage with cloud computing applications to their full potential.

Training is the key to successful cloud migration, deployment, and practice.

What do they need to know?

User training is an important resource post-cloud migration. We can help you organise the best way for users to move to the new applications (Simultaneously, or over several phases?)

The integration and application of cloud-based software and infrastructure might well result in a reapplication of IT staff, where their roles might shift slightly.

What else should my employees and I know?

You might like to engage in not only initial employment training, but periodic training, too. Remember new staff or those that are less comfortable using technology might find it initially overwhelming, so take it slow and be considerate.

You should also have scalability features that allow your organisation to scale up or down depending on usage and growth.

Remember that these sorts of checklists are not exhaustive, and specific circumstances might demand additional or alternative solutions.

Now what?

Ready to take the first step? Begin with a cloud consultation.

Alternatively, if you have further questions, get in touch:

Schepisi is an Australian Telstra Business Partner