For Cloud Computing To Thrive, Users Should Understand Five Brutal Truths
Don’t overthink the cloud.
Coming more than a decade into the so-called “cloud computing revolution,” that might seem like a tardy admonition. It’s actually timely — and, in fact, overdue — for too many small and midsize businesses seized by deployment paralysis.
In migrating from on-premises to the cloud, you might want to keep a few things in mind. All have the potential to spare you time, money and grief.
1. The cloud is easier than you think.
In cloud computing, the fog starts with the nomenclature. Cloud means platform as a service, it means software as a service, it means infrastructure as a service, and on and on. Businesses typically grapple with a surfeit of choices, but it ultimately boils down to apps and data. When you view the decision through that prism, it’s clarifying. The consistent question — in many ways, the only question — is how to get your data into the cloud safely, securely and cost-effectively.
If you’re approached by a vendor keen on facilitating the migration by suggesting you transition from whatever software you’re using to some application you’ve never seen and that doesn’t fit your business all that well — but is pitched as the way you get into the cloud — hold on to your wallet. When you’re told the application you’re on doesn’t exist in the cloud but can be built for you using this or that platform-as-a-service product and that migration is a snap, walk away. In that scenario, safety and security are unlikely to make the cut.
2. Many “trusted advisors” can’t be trusted.
As a savvy IT consumer, your first question ought to be not how to migrate your data but whose agenda it is. In the cloud migration realm, business owners are too often subject to — or held captive by — vendor-driven processes. Many vendors likely as not are married to selling a software-as-a-service or platform-as-a-service product and, therefore, might be less apt to give you an objective answer on what to do when you simply want to change out, for example, your ERP software. The truth is that your stuff can simply be picked up and moved to a cloud provider, and it can stay largely as it is.
3. Cloud projects stall out because companies can’t decide whether it’s better to be data-driven or process-driven.
“Data vs. process” ought to be a no-brainer, but that’s rarely how it goes. Some organizations can’t finish their projects because they focus on process rather than data, a misplaced emphasis that frequently prevents execution of their vision. Indeed, this process orientation tends to cloud their vision (pun intended). However, once you’re already in the cloud, things are easier — much easier.
As a rule, data-driven businesses select applications to fit the business, recognizing that data literally is the lifeblood of how the organization operates. Being data-driven means that the connections among vendors and customers (or vendors and distribution channels) are everything.
4. Bespoke cloud apps are generally a waste of time and money.
In the real world, customization sounds better than it performs. Vendors make money on rewriting software and managing massive migrations. Even software-as-a-service products require some measure of tailoring. The fact is that the smaller the engagement, the less money vendors make. The smarter approach is to keep it as simple as possible. Businesses can literally take the applications they run, fix them up and containerize them — and do it all in minutes, hours or days with little to no change in how the company does business.
5. The “only” way to get into the cloud is not the only way to get into the cloud.
If vendors use the modifier “only,” consider it as another “watch your wallet” trigger introducing fear, uncertainty and doubt where they don’t belong. There are alternatives that can allow organizations to just pick up their company and move seamlessly into a situation where they no longer have to support equipment, no longer have to be physically present where the data is and can retain full access to all of their applications.
The option of just changing where the data is rather than changing the way business is done can be positively liberating — even at the risk of giving some vendors nervous anxiety.
This article originally appeared on forbes.com, to read the full article, click here.
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