IT Matters: The Cloud – 5 Questions You Need to Ask
There are plenty of benefits
associated with moving your IT business information to the Cloud: reduced
costs, network backups, better mobility. But choosing how to make the move and with
whom – so your company gets the benefits it needs – is not as simple. If you’re
thinking about migrating to the Cloud, there are a few questions you should ask
1. What does security actually look like?
To ensure your information is
protected properly, you’ll want to find an authorized Cloud Service Provider
(CSP) that is fixated on always ‘locking down’ your data. You need to understand
who has access to the data and who controls it. Something you’ll always want to
ask a potential CSP and discuss in detail: what security measures are in place to
guarantee my data is never breached?
2. Is your Cloud platform compliant to my specific industry and needs?
Compliance is sometimes overlooked or
considered somewhat unimportant, but the reality is just the opposite. There
are over 8,500 state and federal regulations addressing records management in
the U.S. There is no simple workaround. To be aware of and current on industry-specific
compliance requirements up front, will save your organization energy, capital,
3. What kind of support will I have?
Every business is going to have a
unique set of communications and support preferences. What are yours? What kind
of support does your company require? Is that support offered through a call
center or a designated resource or manager? In this lightning-fast age of
information, time is money. If you’re looking at a plan that doesn’t have you
covered 24/7, you might want to keep searching.
4. What is it going to cost?
Cloud Service Providers come in all
shapes and sizes, but the three major players are Amazon (AWS), Microsoft Azure
and Google (GCP). Beyond that there are hundreds of smaller/niche players
providing Cloud backup service. When it comes to finding the right Cloud
service for your company, bigger isn’t always better. You need to determine
which player works best for you based on your business model, budget, and long-term
goals. You’re not just planning for today – you should be thinking about
scalable options for your ongoing growth.
5. How do my business needs come into play?
This one may sound obvious, but it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with a potential Cloud provider. After all, the whole point of these services is to streamline your business and set you up for success. Always ask the question: how will they seamlessly migrate AND integrate your business needs within the Cloud? Keep your objectives in mind: to reduce costs, alleviate some pressure from your IT team and provide a more efficient service to your customer base. There’s a lot to gain by migrating to the Cloud, sure. At the end of the day, it’s all about you. Ask the big questions up front and you’ll set yourself up to succeed down the road.
Have more questions? Contact us today to set up a call to discuss your needs and how moving to the cloud can help your business.