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Managing the Cloud: The Key to Enterprise Success
Article Written by Brian Ott 

According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 18 percent in 2017, to a total of $246.8 billion. As the number of enterprises running on the cloud continues to expand, the demand for faster adoption, improved security, streamlined decision making, more simplified processes, and better cloud managed services overall is now more important than ever.

To succeed in today's cloud-driven marketplace, it's crucial that business leaders implement cloud solutions that offer unprecedented control and optimize IT spending. As enterprises migrate to the cloud, they should institute a new generation of managed services, which encompass a central control center, and continuous compliance and cost control services. Here are tips enterprises can follow to take their companies to the next level.

Establish a Central Control Center

For any business, regardless of its level of in-house IT experience, transitioning to the cloud will undoubtedly have an extreme impact on its underlying operational processes. To simplify systems, enterprises should establish a central control center that facilitates efficient cloud-based decision making and communication - or as Cloud Technology Partners calls it, a Cloud Business Office (CBO).

A cloud control center can provide several benefits to the enterprise. It includes a pre-determined set of industry best practices that are built to guide every aspect of a cloud program, including development, operations, management, and security and governance. In a 2016 survey conducted by 451 Research, 74 percent of enterprises say the response and turnaround time of their IT departments is too slow, while 64 percent say they cannot adequately manage and track all of their digital assets on the cloud. Central control centers, however, are designed to support qualified personnel. Around-the-clock monitoring and data collection helps reduce the need for human administrators by autonomously running operations, providing an increased level of control, and resolving all potential issues within the cloud.

Implement Continuous Compliance Methods

One of the biggest factors that companies need to consider when managing their cloud frameworks is the legal, corporate and regulatory standards that they are required to meet. With the average enterprise using about 1,427 cloud-based services, accounting for 71.3 percent of the total services in use, it's imperative that effective programs are put in place to ensure businesses conform to necessary policies and regulations.  

To assure companies are meeting compliance requirements when managing workloads, they should implement Continuous Compliance services that continuously automate processes, therefore eliminating the risks associated with operating on the cloud. Such programs are valuable resources that offer enterprises the ability to monitor, prevent, and remediate issues within the cloud in real time.

Institute Continuous Cost Control Services

As a growing number of enterprises continue to migrate to the cloud, optimizing cloud costs is often a top initiative. While some enterprises have more in-depth cloud experience, most do not have a system in place to both analyze cloud spending on a granular level and pinpoint the exact reasons for an overspend. Services such as Continuous Cost Control, however, provide a solution to that problem. Business leaders identify which cloud spend is beneficial versus wasteful overruns. Supplying a holistic view of cloud-related financials, managed services allow enterprises to monitor cloud spending and provide financial-based insight and cost optimization recommendations.

As spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to reach $122.5 billion this year, it is critical that enterprises reconsider their current cloud processes and employ a new generation of managed services. Research indicates that businesses that take advantage of productivity-enhancing cloud services improve 19.6 percent faster than those that don't - proving that as workloads continue to expand and operations become increasingly complex, business decision makers must implement solutions that ensure cloud computing success.

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About the Author

Brian Ott is the VP of Managed Services at Cloud Technology Partners.

Brian Ott leads the Shared Services team at CTP, and serves as the executive sponsor for a number of enterprise accounts. In this role, he directs the managed / next generation services business which includes the partnership with Rackspace for managed cloud services. He is responsible for the daily operations for staffing and delivery of our services to CTP clients as well the management and expansion of CTP's services portfolio. Brian also has responsibility for leading the team of consultants located in cross functional roles such as project management and business analysis services.  

Brian Ott 

Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:57 AM by David Marshall
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