For businesses just implementing a cloud computing program into their normal workflow, it can seem like one of the most stressful processes ever. Sure, there are plenty of reasons why moving to the cloud is a great option — over 80% of businesses have found that they’ve been able to reduce cost and improve productivity after making the switch, and about 85% of businesses have been able to turn their existing IT departments into hubs of strategic data analysis rather than laying off valuable employees or wasting money by paying for employees to handle mindless tasks and maintenance issues.
There are a few ways you can make your transition to the cloud as seamless as possible, and that starts by remembering to pay extra attention to some of the most common problems that other businesses have faced:
- Understanding industry regulations and being able to follow them. Even though most cloud services are still fairly new and the cloud computing industry in general has only really gotten big in the past few years, there are still plenty of regulations (even for specific industries) that need to be followed. For this reason, many businesses consult with an IT specialist or even a cloud service provider before making the switch.
- Using a hybrid cloud system that doesn’t work well together. If you’re switching services, it’s really important that you find a new service which can work with the old service in order to transfer data quickly and securely. When you’re using a hybrid cloud service — that is, both public and private cloud services — it’s even more important that you pick ones which can work together.
- Not having a plan for security and training already in place. If you choose to keep these basic tasks in-house, it’s best to make sure that your IT department is capable of monitoring secure data warehousing and is able to train employees on how to use the software securely. Maybe you’ll need to set down some ground rules for how your employees use the cloud for work — and that’s okay, as long as you have a plan.
If you’ve ever used a cloud computing system at work, what was your greatest struggle? If you’re thinking about switching over to the cloud, what are your hesitations? Let us know in the comments section!