Lately, we’ve all been inundated with advertising about “the Cloud,” and how it has the potential to revolutionize our businesses and the way we store and access data. Before getting caught up in the hype, it is very important to determine whether or not cloud computing is a good fit for your company.
In theory, cloud computing is the answer to many of our most common problems. The ability to easily store and access our data, in a secure location, is a benefit that many of us would like to have, particularly if we are used to racks of servers and worrying about power and equipment failures.
Let’s look at a few things you’ll want to try and think about before you jump feet first in the “cloud.”
Try Out Different Demos
Not all cloud applications are created alike. Go through and find the companies that you feel the most comfortable working with. Take the time to do some due diligence on your end to learn all that you can about the company, their reliability and how they do business. Once you have your short list, ask each company to supply you with a demo. Most will be more than willing to do this. If they are not, that tells you a lot about how they do business.
Try out these demos and give each one at least a week or two before making your final decision. Many apps that seem incredibly promising at first end up being duds, while others that are slow to impress will actually be a better decision in the long term.
Ask About Your Support Options
Implementing cloud computing isn’t going to be an easy one and done process. You’re going to need the assistance of a company that is dedicated to backing the apps they provide and willing to help you – day or night – should any problems arise. Ask about support plans and choose the company that offers you the best solutions for service coupled with the best cloud computing application. We can’t stress enough how much you’ll appreciate a solid support team standing behind you when the time comes.
Choose Your Apps Wisely
Not all apps are going to want to play on your cloud nicely. Before making your final decision, make sure all of your current apps will work with your selection. This not only makes switching to the cloud more cost effective, but it ensures that the transition will be as seamless as possible.
Do you have a question about implementing cloud computing in your company? Let the experts at Contemporary Staffing guide you!