5 Things to Consider When Moving Your Business to the Cloud

A study in May 2015 reported in Tech Week suggested that the adoption of cloud-based applications in the UK was now in excess of 80%. It’s a clear indication of just how much the cloud has shaped the evolution of computing and IT services in recent years.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that businesses have jumped lock, stock and barrel into the cloud, abandoning old IT systems completely for this virtual new panacea in the sky.

And for those business owners and managers who are still looking at the pros and cons of migrating all or part of their IT systems to the cloud, then there are a number of things which need to be considered when deciding upon which system and provider is suitable for you.

1. Are you moving your entire network to the cloud?

As part of your decision making, it’s important to understand how much of your IT system you require to be on the cloud. Rather than jumping straight into a generic cloud application, work with a specialist IT provider who will be able to analyse your business needs to tailor a system that meets the needs of the company, be that an entire migration to the cloud, or a hybrid of cloud and local networking.

2. Understand SLAs (Service Level Agreements)

It’s certainly worth always keeping in mind that when migrating your business’ IT into the cloud that you are effectively handing at least some of the security of your data to another party. With this in mind you need to be absolutely clear on the kind of service and assurances you will get from your provider. You need to work with reputable IT experts who not only have a versatile and tailored approach to your IT network but who can provide peace of mind service level agreements who can commit to levels of support and security which you are comfortable with.

3. Assurances over security

Linked to point 2, another ‘business critical’ factor you need to consider is the degree of security you should be expecting from your provider. Working with a recognised (and reputable) IT expert should be able to deliver, in advance of any agreement or migration, clear evidence that there is a robust and up to date level of security against:

  • Viruses, malware and other malicious attacks
  • Hackers and similar data breaches
  • Failure or breakages in the software

4. Back-Up Plans and Disaster Recovery

Best laid plans and all that – sometimes, there are unforeseen circumstances where things will go awry. This might be a major system failure or a disaster event such as a flood or fire which brings the network crashing down.

Which is why you need to be working with an expert IT system provider who has thought ahead and made contingencies for such occurrences. A provider who has a full disaster recovery procedure in place so that you have peace of mind that, if the worst scenario does strike, your data will still be protected, secure and swiftly retrievable.

5. What will the staff training implications be?

Whenever you make changes to business operations, invariably there will be a degree of staff training involved to get all up to speed. Again, working with an expert IT consultant can ease the burden of rolling a new system out to staff by getting to understand the core needs of the business. This can ensure that any new system is user friendly, making the transition as seamless as possible. Nevertheless, as a business owner, understanding the long-term benefits of a new IT system on productivity and budget is important when considering what the short-term impact of a new roll-out might be.

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