Imagine you’d just bought the most state-of-the-art VHS player the day before the electronics industry debuted the DVD. Or that you made a big investment in Kodak before the rise of digital photography. One of the most essential skills any business owner needs is the ability to make smart decisions based on future needs. This means being able to forecast how changes in the business landscape could affect their bottom line.
As is the case with any new technology, your purchases and your plans should be made with the future in mind. Do you plan to expand? Where is your specific industry headed? What are your competitors doing, and how should you be responding to stay ahead?
When it comes to cloud computing, businesses should make decisions and partner with service providers who will make it easier to react and adapt when changes happen in the future. Here are a few things you can do to future-proof your cloud computing, today.
Read the fine print
The benefits of the public cloud go beyond getting someone else to take care of your computing and storage. Well-established public cloud providers have the experience and resources to do all the hard work for you. While this may sound like an attractive option, before you put all your clouds in one proverbial basket, be sure to take some time to really understand the parameters of the contract you are signing. Yes, the right partner can reduce IT complexity but vendor lock-in can hinder growth. Think about how being tied into an inflexible contract could affect you down the line. While service providers typically prefer that customers agree to and sign a contract, IT managers should be mindful of how the deals they make today could affect their future progress.
Scaling up and down
By adopting a scalable cloud model, you’re able to gradually adapt to the evolving needs of the business. The more flexible your cloud computing infrastructure, the easier it is to adapt your capacity and respond strategically depending on the needs of the organisation. If, for example, you are running a promotion or need to expand your infrastructure for a big project, you can do so with ease. And then downsize your requirements when things return to normal. For smaller ventures, cloud computing is ideal as you can tailor the solution to your unique needs without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money on infrastructure.
When migrating to the cloud, businesses should remain cognisant of the risks. Being more agile may give you the freedom to make decisions based on your needs but it also exposes you to more risks. IT managers must be aware of what their cloud providers are doing to ensure that their business-critical information is always accessible and secure. How will they respond should a data breach and shutdown occur in the future? They also need to consider what procedures their cloud service provider has in place to protect confidential customer data.
If you want to ensure that your cloud strategy matches your requirements today and into the future you need the right IT services partner. Contact us to find out more about our cloud computing services. Click here to get in touch.