Unknowingly or knowingly SMBs are majorly leveraging the benefits of many cloud computing services like:
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc)
- Productivity tools (e.g., Office 365 Suite and Google Apps)
- Storage and backup services (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive)
Yet, they fail to acknowledge the fact that cloud computing can actually bring considerable benefits to them. While it’s evident for SMBs to become calculative when it comes to segregating budget for IT maintenance, but being skeptical about cloud’s benefits, regarding it as an expensive service only to rely on outdated softwares goes to show the dubiousness of this category of decision-makers.
Here are Five Questions on Cloud to help CXOs evaluate its importance for Businesses
1) Is moving my business to the cloud necessary?
The most basic question yet the most important one that needs to be addressed. Moving business workloads onto the cloud is not the only solution. However, the benefits that come with the service definitely makes it one of the best. According to a report by Forbes, analysts suggest that “All-Cloud Computing Inevitable”, just like the internet. So, be it now or later, businesses will eventually be convinced of what role cloud could play for their IT workload. Especially for businesses heavily dependent on IT, having dispersed business bases, needing high storage space and the ones dealing with sensitive data, cloud computing is the most convenient service.
2) How would moving to the cloud benefit my business?
Among the numerous benefits of cloud computing we have selected a few that will set the ground as to how the cloud will benefit you:
When you use a cloud service, you will
- Save the cost of purchasing additional software and hardware
- Reduce overhead costs of IT maintenance
- Have ample resources to focus on areas that need them most.
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3) Will cloud computing effect process speed and reduce productivity?
Speaking of productivity, cloud computing is know for its top-of-the-line service. Not only does it streamlines critical processes but it also enhances productivity.
- SMBs can harness the power up-to-date servers, programs, and technologies
- Users get the ease to access and work with even large amounts of data from wherever they like
- Unlike on-premise servers, cloud computing software is less likely to crash, so data is always accessible
4) Will it pose risk to my data?
It’s never easy to trust service providers with the company’s data. And given the rise in data theft, security would apparently become a prime concern for any. If opting for cloud, you will be storing your sensitive data on an external server, with service providers managing it and responsible for its maintenance. So, on any given day, you are likely to be concerned. But this doubt shouldn’t make you think otherwise. Why?
Before committing to a service provider, the best is to analyze the type of assurances they will provide in an event of an attack. Hackers are lurking throughout the internet, but that doesn’t stop users from using SaaS services. Similarly, here, in this case, you just have to double-check a few things that will ensure the safety of your data:
- Do they have 24/7 monitoring?
- What are the precautionary methods taken in case of threats?
- How attackers are dealt with?
- What are the types of support offered when a threat is detected?
- Is there insurance coverage available in the event of an outage or data loss?
Weigh the pros and cos well and only then get into a well-considered service level agreement (SLA) with your cloud provider.
5) Which cloud model will best suit my business?
There are 3 cloud models– Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. Identifying the right one would depend on factors like
- The type of data you’re working with
- The different level of security you are considering for your data
- And the kind of management your data requires
Uncertainty is common in such cases. The IT head of the company is the best person to decide which model would meet the requirements of the business. But, consulting an expert to decide on the best model for your business is always advisable in such cases.
So, if you are one of the many making some serious considerations regarding cloud transition, first, we welcome you to the bandwagon of smart SMBs. Before you start seeking help from different sources do yourself a favor, start by asking these five simple questions. We bet you will find answers to many hidden obstacles which came as a challenge before. OR, let us be your chief confidante and help in some critical decision making with respect to your workloads.