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4 Things Companies Should Do Before Considering Cloud Computing

December 21, 2016

cloud computing questionsIf you have not yet considered cloud computing for your company, maybe it is high time that you did. Before you do sign up for this technological wonder though, there are a few things that you need to think about. No, we are not saying that you should reconsider your decision, but rather that you should figure out what you need before choosing a service provider and package for your business.

When it comes to cloud computing, you need to set expectations and goals in order to maximize on the service that you are looking to get into. While shifting to cloud computing does have a lot of benefits (with working anywhere and telecommuting being just a couple of these), rushing to get into such a new system you are not familiar with may cause more harm than good to your business. Here are four of the things you need to do before going full steam ahead into the cloud:

Make sure your goals and objectives are outlined – create a timeline for your company’s goals when it comes to why, when, and how you will make the transition to the cloud. Not setting expectations and not pacing your move alongside such expectations will result in chaos and wasted resources as well as hours of what could have been productive work for your business.

Why should some things be moved first? When should the migration be complete? How can you do this without causing too much down time for your business? These are just a few of the questions that you need to ask yourself and should set goals around. This will help you reduce any possible losses for downtime or glitches that you may encounter while making the transition.

Choose what you should and should not move to the cloud – not everything your company does requires the use of cloud computing, and knowing which systems and items can be kept as is will help reduce costs as well as work that should be done when moving items from one system to another. Take for instance minor projects that have no major impact to your business. One-time deals and small seasonal projects need not be migrated to the cloud if these have been concluded and do not need to be looked into again anytime in the future.

Don’t be afraid of free trials and testing cloud solutions for free – if you are not sure which provider to go with, you might want to try out the many free options these businesses have for you. There are many free cloud computing trial accounts online and you can benefit from trying these out before ultimately deciding on which one to trust with your business.

Of course, when you do try out any of these solutions, you should simply evaluate how well these work and how ideal these are for your business. If you choose one without carefully considering the pros and cons of the many options you have at your disposal, you may end up missing out on what could have been the best cloud computing solution for your company.

Read the fine print – some people forget that not all stipulations for use of cloud servers are in large print and right in front of you. Some of these are placed far in the back and in smaller fonts to elude the discerning eye of the reader. You need to make sure that you check all the details of your contract with your chosen provider before agreeing to long term usage. If you are not careful with this, you might end up with a long-term contract that has escalating costs that you know nothing about simply because you did not read everything through.

Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do not be scared that people will think you are a neophyte in the world of cloud computing because of your queries. Always keep in mind it is your money and your company that is on the line here, and not knowing what you are getting yourself into or not asking the right questions when you should will be more troublesome in the long run.

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