The following are the most common questions we’re asked about the cloud when talking to businesses. I speak with many organisations every week about their current business and IT challenges. We discuss their pain points and then talk about the cloud and how it can help them.
Over the coming weeks we will explore these topics in more detail.
1. Can you run your entire business in the cloud?
The short answer is yes but it’s important to only use leading cloud service providers and best of breed systems. Integration is also an important topic to consider when using multiple cloud solutions.
See Can you run your entire business in the cloud? for more.
2. Is the cloud secure?
The cloud is more secure than anything most organisations could achieve internally. Leading cloud providers spend millions of dollars and use teams of IT security experts to ensure their systems have world-class security.
See Why your systems are less secure than the cloud for more.
3. Isn’t the cloud just hype?
We’re often asked whether the cloud is just another fad. Won’t technology all change again in a couple of years? Won’t companies have to rip it all out and start again with the next new thing? Cloud is a significant generational shift which will impact organisations for years to come.
4. Where will my data be stored? Doesn’t it have to be in Australia?
Cloud computing often stores customer data outside of Australia. The risks of storing data overseas are often over-inflated by Australian IT companies. The reality is that data sovereignty can be a complicated topic but it requires a pragmatic and balanced approach.
5. I’m in control of my systems now. Won’t I lose that control moving to the cloud?
Does the inability to touch your systems mean you have more control or less? We often find as systems are migrated to the cloud that organisations discover a new sense of control, one which enables them to change and react faster than previously possible.
6. Where should I start?
There are many options for which system to migrate first. It is better to take a pragmatic approach to the benefits you’re looking to realise and prioritise a program of cloud migration to ensure you’re investing wisely and in a way that will deliver immediate benefits.
7. We’re up and running with our new cloud system. What next?
So you’ve completed your first cloud migration project. Cloud systems are constantly updated with new features and functions. It takes ongoing effort to keep up with these changes and use them to refine or expand your business processes.
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