We’re well into 2014 and it’s amazing to me that more organizations don’t have a clear cloud plan. Too many people are still confused or afraid of the “C” word. But here’s the thing: There are real dangers in not having a cloud strategy, AKA a well-known cloud plan for your IT environment. Every company should use cloud for something, but not necessarily everything! The various general use cases for cloud computing are hopefully well-known by now.
End of the Hype Cycle
The hype surrounding cloud is, in many ways, over and done with. The individual business case should be obvious: Cloud computing is more than just a platform; it’s a path to enablement. It’s become a delivery model of apps and data, and it may actually be the most significant difference maker for an organization trying to stand apart in a fiercely competitive and evolving marketplace. You just have to find where to settle in for your situation. Whether it’s faster app performance, rapid scalability, significant cost savings, better IT operations, or whatever makes the difference for you, the cloud is a powerful tool in the big picture. That’s why a strategic plan should be made and communicated regardless of how much cloud technology integration you anticipate for the organization.
Looking at one of the classic pillars of cloud computing – by pushing mass capital spending to one side – countless organizations across the world have been able to use the cloud to quickly spin up services and have gained tremendous agility through this strategy. That’s not everyone, however, and perhaps not enough to compel some to make this move. There is, of course, huge potential cost savings from freeing up capital, using compute and storage resources only on-demand, from having streamlined management of services, just to name a few. Still, that may not be enough for all to take that leap of cloud faith. They have too much invested in their high-price architecture or they don’t have the engineering to integrate this just yet (or ever), or maybe they have security concerns.
Meet the next Gen Cloud: The Hybrid Cloud
That’s where hybrid cloud solutions come in – with ease of integration, better control and security, and the extension of existing architecture and systems, many of those concerns are easily remedied.
Getting down to the truth of the matter, whether you know it or not, cloud services are creeping into the enterprise. Because the term cloud has become so vague and, in many cases, overused or misused, this may not be all that clear. But it’s something that companies need to recognize, plan and definitely make some statements about. Think about this: It could be users that self-backup to a cloud service. It could be applications are finding their way to easily implemented infrastructure services. Whatever it is, it needs recognition and a corporate vision with security and productivity at the tip of the many concerns.
Leading opinions have emerged on transforming enterprise roles at the C-Level and throughout companies. A murky cloud plan is just the kind of thing that can impact that transformation in a bad way. Sensitive corporate data should be in the control of the organization, and it should be available to throughout the organization, and it should be executed at a consistent high-performance level, so a proper cloud strategy that covers all those matters is critical. Part of that cloud planning also infers a transformation of roles within information technology. When communicated through a strategic cloud plan, opportunities for transforming IT roles can be communicated throughout the organization. High communications will also help minimize resistance to cloud integration technology. You see when the entire organization follows along with leadership on a cloud path, the answers produce themselves. Put your hybrid cloud plan together or better yet, call us and we can help you out.