Cloud Roadmap: Optimizing Your Cloud Operations

Your Cloud migration is almost completed; but it is never really finished. Your business should never stop optimizing the way your cloud environment works and benefits your enterprise. As your efforts to drive your business continue, your technology should be a catalyst along the way.

Optimizing your cloud begins with establishing a set of standards or criteria that need to be met. Variables that should be monitored include usage, cost, and efficiency. Daily monitoring of these operations will provide the feedback necessary to further optimize your Cloud environment. If used to its full potential can unlock many business advantages, many of which we have discussed in our previous insights.

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Cloud Roadmap Part 4: Essentials in Cloud Migration

As we continue into part four of our cloud migration timeline, let us take the time to look back at the first 3 stages of your potential new cloud environment. Stage one was all about assessing your companies’ goals and initiatives based around a new cloud strategy. Stage two was built around determining the strategic direction you wanted your business to take when implementing the cloud. Stage three, we spoke about some of the factors that shouldn’t be overlooked when adopting a cloud strategy, things like the timeline, implementation and proper planning.

In this segment, we will develop our understanding of our Cloud Architecture and Design. The main goal within this stage is to make the service simple, while consistently improving its functions. During this phase, infrastructure standards must also be introduced and applied. Specific controls like audit levels, compliance requirements, guidelines, rules and other policies should be implemented, monitored and maintained throughout the initial stages. However, they should also be dynamic, changes should be made proactively. Dedicating the proper amount of time to this stage of the process will prove to be valuable to completing the migration.

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Cloud Roadmap Part 3: Cloud Adoption Outline, The 3 Factors to Cloud Planning

It is a new year, and for many of us, we are focusing on bettering ourselves but why stop there? This could be the year your business achieves new heights. Here is how you can focus on bettering your business in the Cloud.

At this point in your process, you have decided on the reasons as to why the cloud is right your business and after you have decided the strategic direction in which the cloud should take your business. While the direction and strategy are critical to the operation, the timing is what you will need to focus on next.

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Cloud Roadmap Part 2: Strategy & Direction

We’ve continued to discuss the benefits of migrating your business to the cloud.  Security, compatibility, flexibility and cost are four of the contributing factors that lead to the decision of migrating to the cloud. In step one of the cloud roadmap we discussed taking the first step in the process of a successful cloud strategy.

A roadmap to a successful cloud adoption features six parts. Each part with several categories. Each category is set up to ensure that your cloud strategy moves along smoothly. Putting the right team in place and setting the right amount of time aside to focus on the migration are the essentials to any successful cloud adoption.

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Cloud Roadmap Part 1: The Questions that lead to a Successful Cloud Strategy

Technology is liquid, it’s dynamic and ever-changing. It is important that your enterprise stay ahead of the changes to facilitate your operations. In 2019, we expect to see even more changes, particularly the shift away from corporate data centers. Gartner has already suggested an actual date in which corporate data centers will be close extinct. Gartner analyst Dave Cappuccio claims by 2025, 80% of businesses will have shut down their data centers versus the 10% today. If business is moving away from corporate data centers, where does that leave your business?

The cloud. It has become quite the buzzword however, it is a proven, reliable and efficient solution for businesses of all varieties if implemented correctly. Previously, we spoke about the “Hybrid-Cloud Model”, you may be left wondering, how do we go from speaking about it or thinking about the cloud to implementing it?

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The 4 Components of Any Successful Hybrid Cloud Model

A hybrid cloud model is a combination of the public and private cloud, essentially taking the best of both and making it work for your business. Just like any other technology or advancement, cloud-based computing has its benefits and its drawbacks. The appropriate solution is probably not one-dimensional, implementing a hybrid cloud model could be the solution that takes advantage of all the cloud has to offer and how you can make it work best for your company needs.

Gartner predicts that 90 percent of organizations will adapt a hybrid infrastructure by 2020, if you are in the middle of a cloud migration or have an interest about moving your business to the cloud, here are four things you should be thinking about; Cost, Security, Capabilities, and Compatibility. Carefully considering each one of these variables can help lead to a successful adoption of or migration to the cloud. 

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What is the Value of IT? Optimizing Your IT Spend

For most business executives, IT is likely the least of your worries. However, are your IT professionals delivering the highest value? Are your IT functions aligned with your business objectives? Can Your IT department accomplish all your IT needs on your current IT budget and maintain continuous improvement?

Increasing the value of your dollar is crucial to growing your business. It’s no longer enough to simply cut costs; those who focus on cost containment, predictability and value gain an edge. Taking a step back and realizing what your IT can truly do for you is a critical step in realizing your business’ potential.

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3 Key Components of your IT Outsourcing Strategy

Times are Changing

The era of Digital Transformation & “Cloud-First” IT strategies has become a catalyst for change in the roles and responsibilities of IT departments and its stakeholders.

If you’re a CIO, VP of IT, etc – the change likely begins with you.

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