Does your organisation have a plan for the cloud?
To obtain the benefits of a cloud strategy we need to understand and define both the business operations and the cloud options. Next a plan can be formulated that places the IT workloads where they perform best.
What are the typical IT workloads?
- Infrastructure (servers, storage, backup, security etc)
- Office Applications (Email, calendars, Word docs, spreadsheets etc)
- Business Services (accounting, payroll, CRM etc)
- Industry vertical applications (ERP, production management etc)
What are the typical cloud options?
As an example: For some businesses, it makes sense to keep their traditional file and print services in-house and move their emails to Exchange online. Thereby creating a Hybrid cloud where a combination of on-premises IT resources is integrated with public cloud resources. For SMBs, the hybrid Cloud deployment model is probably the most realistic one as SMBs can take advantage of Cloud services while still making use of investments that were made in internal IT assets.