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How to Introduce Cloud Computing into your IT Strategy

cloud computingAnytime a new technology comes to the fore, it’s easy to want to single it out and build an entire portion of your business around it. This is just as true with cloud computing as it has been with other technologies in the past. After all, cloud computing in many ways represents a new paradigm in IT thinking, and has the potential to radically alter the way that IT does business. Still, it’s important to make sure your cloud computing approach doesn’t work against the rest of your IT plan, or you’ll wind up creating all sorts of pitfalls for your organization.

Here are a few ways you can approach the cloud to make sure it works well with the rest of your IT strategy:

1.    Know what the cloud does and how it benefits your organization. Look at the cloud in terms of its specific business functions. Understand what’s available, from hosted applications to cloud infrastructure. Look at how those specific cloud solutions may or may not fit into your existing IT operations. Identify how they can provide both efficiency and agility for your organization.

2.    Move into the cloud out of need, not because it’s fashionable. If your current CRM is functioning just fine, you don’t need to move it to the cloud today. Chances are pretty good that you’ll hit a wall at some point, however, and need to make a transition. Move to the cloud on an application basis, and do it because it’s time to make some changes anyway. New applications, of course, are a different story; you can go into the cloud from day one.

3.    Start small. Do a pilot when you first start moving to the cloud. Identify areas where cloud solutions can complement your current strategy. This lets you get your feet wet and try the cloud on for size. Always keep in mind, however, that there is the potential to move a significant portion of your IT function to the cloud.

4.    Look at all the options. Look at various deployment models, and consider carefully whether a private or public cloud solution makes more sense for your business. Look at each option from the perspective of control, cost, agility and security. Choose the options that best suit your business needs.

5.    Recognize that cloud computing is still maturing. Understand that the technology is relatively new, but that it also holds tremendous potential if you handle it the right way.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.