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Making the Journey to the Cloud

Contributed Article by Jared Jacobs, Dell.

Cloud computing can help your business become more agile and responsive by offering anytime access to a variety of computing resources. In addition to increased flexibility, most cloud users benefit from improved productivity and connectivity among their workforce-cloud's promise of "faster, cheaper, better" can be achieved through proper planning and implementation.

Cloud Computing Adoption: Steps to Take

If you are considering moving some or all of your computing resources to the cloud, you need to take careful assessment of where you are now and where you want to go. Making a journey to the cloud is not accomplished all at once-by setting intermediate goals, you can assess your progress and make sure that you are continuing to move in the right direction.

There are at least three major steps in your journey:

  • Investigate - During this step, you need to educate yourself and your staff about the cloud and what you hope to accomplish with it. Look at the ways that it may help you achieve better business outcomes and decide if these goals are feasible.
  • Experiment - In this step, you should test the cloud in limited ways. This is not the time to transfer all of your systems, but you should experiment enough that you can see how it works within the context of your business processes.
  • Adopt - After you are confident that cloud computing will help your company move forward, it's time to begin widening your use of the cloud in a structured manner. Look for ways that you can take advantages of the benefits cloud computing offers in order to meet business needs or create new opportunities.

Each of these steps is a major advancement-you should move through them at a pace that is appropriate for your company. By proceeding in a well-thought-out manner, the cloud is much more likely to work for your business in the way you anticipate. For more information on cloud storage, click here.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Jared Jacobs has professional and personal interests in technology. As an employee of Dell, he has to stay up to date on the latest innovations in large enterprise solutions and consumer electronics buying trends. Personally, he loves making additions to his media rooms and experimenting with surround sound equipment. He's also a big Rockets and Texans fan.

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:23 AM by David Marshall
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