Moving to the Cloud is a good move in most cases HOWEVER – It’s not as easy as most service providers want you to believe. If the analysis isn’t done properly up front it can lead to poor performance, interruptions in business, and, what I am currently seeing, costs getting out of control quickly.
CIO’s and CFO’s are rightly asking:
Why are our IT Budgets significantly higher?
Wasn’t the Cloud supposed to save us money?
The Reality – The Cloud is not for everything and everybody!
You need 2 things from your service provider:
- First and most important – Due diligence
Your service provider should understand your business and make that the priority 1. For example: Recently I have seen two companies, one an engineering firm and the other in the Insurance industry, that have very dynamic IT needs. These needs were clearly not understood and documented in the detail that was needed to ensure a successful cloud endeavor. Both company’s need to spin up and down environments for pre-determined times. So who’s managing this?
- Which leads to my second point – Education
During the discovery phase, service providers need to make sure that whoever manages the cloud provider/vendor is made aware of the pricing model and supported content to manage the environment properly, what to expect and what controls need to be implemented to ensure environments are managed correctly.
The bottom line is: Many providers are on the bandwagon to sell Cloud. A lot of them don’t have preferred hosting partners and focus only on the transitional services. So clients must understand:
- whether discovery or due diligence services are provided
- whether that report includes recommendations regarding which applications should move to the Cloud and which should stay on premise
- what hosting partner or Cloud service is recommended
- estimated ROI
Cloud strategy is critical to Cloud success, even if clients have to enter these unchartered waters on their own.