Data is everywhere. Hence, Cloud Computing is on everyon’s mind and a topic in every boardroom – promising lower costs, robust scalability and autonomy from constrained IT and development resources
An enterprise considering a move to the cloud must understand that the perceived benefits can be short-lived without a plan that places cloud computing in the context of its overall business strategy and affects security, performance, and connectivity. Hence, here are best practices to opt for cloud computing.
#1: Create a strategy and a state realistic goals upfront
Businesses don’t jump without articulating a long-term cloud strategy and how it relates to the overall business. At the time of planning, establish realistic goals, priorities, a clear budget and timelines, availability of resources, implementation and maintenance. Although cloud computing promises significant ROI — productivity gains of 50 percent or more — keeping complexity and cost to a minimum requires planning and strategy.
#2: Learn from the mistakes of those who came before you
Enterprises with a traditional IT infrastructure often serves core business operations, the detached cloud might deliver only short-term value and potentially require future re-implementation or migration. Although a standalone approach risks creating silo-ed applications, an integrated cloud strategy will deliver long-term results.
Be sure not to jeopardize return on investment with expensive software licenses — your integration solution, like every other part of your cloud computing investment, should use a flexible subscription model, too.
#3: Get serious about autonomy
Integration of on-premise applications has traditionally required a team of IT specialists who have a deep understanding of underlying application frameworks and processes. SaaS applications are designed to be managed by business users – non-domain experts who need to quickly connect data with other enterprise systems. Cloud integration benefits the model by minimizing development, implementation, and maintenance resources to allow users to focus on their core business.
#4: Ensure performance and security concerns of the data
When designing a cloud strategy, identify integration requirements for each system real-time, near real-time, batch and determine the number of simultaneous requests to be handled, and specify all special architecture requirements. Success depends on ensuring information will not be lost if the cloud or on-premise source goes down. According to analysts, nearly 75 percent of CIO and IT executives cite security as their number one concern when it comes to cloud computing. Because, integrated cloud computing involves moving sensitive data between the cloud and on-premise networks, guaranteeing security is vital. When vetting an integration solution, determine which standards are supported for securing the data in transit.
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