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3 Ways to Avoid Cloud Stall

cloud stallCloud technologies can be a tremendous boon to an organization. They can dramatically increase your efficiency, flexibility, and scalability. However, if you don’t properly plan the transition to a given cloud technology, you’re going to find yourself in trouble. You’ll be halfway into a cloud environment with higher costs than anticipated, and without a clear path to completion.

This phenomenon – “cloud stall” as some like to call it – is far too common. Fortunately, there are some things you can do during planning and implementation to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

1.    Do the legwork before you jump into the cloud. Cloud solutions are easy to implement. That’s one of the things that makes them so attractive. However, if you don’t do the proper planning, you’re probably going to face cloud stall. You need to make sure that you analyze your business processes, for example. If you’re going to move your email servers into the cloud, you need to know exactly how many users are invested in your existing servers. This can be a challenge in a global business. If you forget about a server that’s handling the Poughkeepsie distribution center with over 10,000 accounts, you’re going to be surprised by an additional monthly cost that you may not have been expecting.

2.    Focus your IT department on integration. Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean you can eliminate the IT department. In some cases, you can’t even reduce it significantly. Your business still needs to maintain your network, you still need to have someone in-house focusing on security, and you need a team of people who can help to integrate cloud services with your normal business practices. Cloud solutions can reduce IT overhead, but they certainly won’t eliminate it.

3.    Look at depreciation of existing services and hardware. This can be a problem. If your organization spent $250,000 last year on servers and hardware to run that email solution you’re now moving to the cloud, the accounting department is going to have to make sense of how to accelerate the write off. You need to make sure the finance department runs the numbers – all of the numbers – before you start implementing cloud solutions.

Put these three tactics into play and you’ll eliminate the majority of causes of cloud stall.

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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.