The cloud has proven to be a valuable asset for businesses of all kinds, and more organizations are buying into it as a solution to some of the most notable problems in the professional environment. Transitioning to cloud computing comes with its own fair share of challenges, however. Here are some of the most common challenges that organizations migrating to the cloud face.
A cloud-based model is not going to be effective if you are only implementing it because everyone else is doing it. Unless the cloud is utilized in a way that highlights the needs of your business, it is not going to be effective. A successful cloud migration begins with having a reason to establish it. Think about which processes could be improved with a move to the cloud, then start to think about making that jump.
A successful cloud implementation can save your business considerable resources through streamlined processes, lower administrative costs, and improved productivity. That said, you must consider the path toward this end result and the costs associated with implementing the cloud. To keep such a migration from hitting your budget where it hurts, you need to be prepared to handle it, which means a meticulous look at the costs of migration, monetary risks, and user training. This is not to say that the cloud’s costs outweigh the benefits–far from it, in fact–but we want to make sure you understand that there are costs that must be considered up-front before the cloud can save you money in the long term.
Security and Compliance
Some companies are, unsurprisingly, reluctant to hand over their data to any external provider like a cloud-hosting company. We understand this concern but would like to reiterate that cloud platforms are generally trustworthy. While the risk of backlash and security compliance might be enough to deter some companies from making the leap, we urge you to think of cloud providers just like any other business; their business model relies on their trustworthiness, and if they breach this in any way, everything falls apart. You can trust that they will do everything in their power to keep your data safe.
Your technology solutions are only valuable if your employees actually know how to use them. If your employees don’t know how to do so, they naturally won’t be able to do their jobs effectively, rendering the solution invaluable as a result. Even worse is when these situations place your business at risk due to incorrectly using the cloud.
The Solution: Us!
Setton Consulting understands the importance of taking a calculated approach to any new technology solution. Sometimes they can be quite complex, and the cloud is one of them. If you would rather work with a local managed service provider like Setton Consulting, we will work with you to ensure that your cloud needs are met. This includes any and all training and support your staff needs throughout this implementation process.
If you want to learn more about the cloud (and we recommend you do!), Setton Consulting can help. Reach out to us today at (212) 796-6061.