Integrating cloud computing into your business
Updated on: 6 January 2018
Today, one of the fastest emerging business technology is cloud computing. The technology helps to make business processes easier, faster, and cost-effective. The technology allows your business marketing teams to access and utilize all business facilities remotely when distributed in time and space. To start using cloud technology enjoying its benefits, it is important to have it integrated into your business.
Here is an account of how you can integrate cloud computing into your business.
Establish the business needs
The first thing you need to do is determining whether you intend to integrate entire business or a segment of it. At this point, factor the current and future business needs to ensure that the selected cloud services support such requirements. There are 3 types of cloud computing services;
- Infrastructure as a service
- Platform as a service
- Software as a service
Carry comprehensive research on cloud computing
Before integrating cloud services into a business, take time to understand how the technology can assist you to move to the next level. Make sure to understand the technology well, learn how other businesses are utilizing it, and associated benefits.
Remember that though cloud computing is one of the most logical technologies for your business; it is not advisable to shift all aspects of a business to it. Consider evaluating the benefits of cloud services for every segment of the business and start with what will help the business grow faster.
Dig deeper into research to establish gaps that can limit the business ability to integrate. For example, you might need to review the effectiveness of your internet services for easy access to cloud services. At this point, you also need to review the cost of the service and set out evaluation techniques to help optimize cloud services.
Train your staff about cloud services to be adopted
To enjoy cloud technology and drive business to the next level, you must have the human hands on one end. Take time to train the business staff about cloud service so that they have the requisite skills. Besides, you must address any migration concerns by outlining the benefits of the new technology. This is not the time to make workers feel threatened because their commitment, focus, and productivity could be compromised.
Utilize skills of change management to have the staff take to new technology and love it. If you have not used cloud computing technology in the past, consider creating several openings whether on a temporary or permanent basis to help guide staff and entire business during the transition.
Review the risks involved in cloud computing
While cloud computing is no doubt the way to go in the modern business world, it is not without risks. Explore these risks and read carefully how to prevent them. Some of the best strategies for addressing security risks include the following.
- Extend business policies and procedures to the new cloud services.
- Utilize various cloud backup options for your website and data.
- Limit access to the business’s most valuable information. Only a few trusted people should get access to this data.
- Discuss all your business fears with the cloud services vendors.
Start simple on the integration process
As a new technology, it is prudent to start simple and then advance with time as you learn about using all cloud computing aspects. The best way is running a trial to check what works and learn more. If you establish that the new processes have a lot of benefits for your business, move forward and integrate them fully before moving to others.