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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Top IT takeaways from the JP Morgan 2018 Healthcare Conference

 

PCI attended the 36th JP Morgan 2018 Healthcare Conference in San Francisco for our first time!

The JPMHC conference brings together the top public and private Healthcare/Life Sciences companies in the world to present an overview of their business’ prior year, and provide insight regarding their future.

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Top 5 “Must-haves” in any Cybersecurity Strategy

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Cybersecurity is a hot topic right now, justifiably so considering that cyber-crime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021, and global spending on cybersecurity products & services is predicted to exceed $1 trillion over the next 5 years (per Gartner).

However, it’s not unusual for executives to misunderstand effective cybersecurity risk management. They often consider it an issue for IT to deal with, when in fact it is an enterprise-wide issue.

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