With cloud services continuing to blanket the market, analysis paralysis has truly set in for countless clients and agencies. Cloud computing and storage is the next big thing, and the overabundance of services has resulted in a quagmire of uncertainty and endless options. No truer is this than when it comes to finding the right vendors to meet a company’s needs. The only way for a business to tackle this challenge is to focus on one clear and simple cloud goal.
The Cloud Dilemma
Cloud-based services are now visible in several industries and applications. From digital cable to telecommunications, it is next to impossible to keep up with all of the changes and developments. From Cisco and Microsoft to NEC and Shoretel, there are now over 40 different ways to utilize and implement cloud services on-site or from remote locations. As such, it can be overwhelming for a business to effectively analyze and assess which services meet its goals. Additional complications include:
- new cloud products, services, and changes happening at a moment’s notice,
- cloud services evolving based on existing industry trends and changes,
- shifts within the landscape that are affecting how cloud experts offer services to clients, and
- clients possessing little to no knowledge of cloud benefits.
With seismic shifts happening in the cloud industry at rapid rates, only organizations that know precisely what they need are benefiting.
Sifting through the many cloud options available today can be an obstacle that limits productivity and performance. While it’s great for clients to carefully weigh their options and choices, selecting the right vendor has become a time-consuming and tedious process. In order to secure the best possible outcome, there are many factors to consider:
- Company executives and staff must be on the same page to meet cloud initiatives and directives.
- Effective and strategic planning is needed to find the right and most affordable cloud solutions for enterprises.
- Businesses must take into account all potential opportunities, risks, expenses, and management challenges.
Only with these options and facets in mind can a sound and lasting decision be made about which cloud provider or service to attain.
Unfortunately, this level of strategic planning rarely takes place anymore. Many businesses simply do not have the time, and even having a solid management plan does not guarantee finding the right cloud solution. It can take several attempts along with trial and error to finally secure a cloud provider and achieve desired results.
By firmly establishing a single clear goal, clients can amend or modify solutions based on their particular needs and aspirations. Company objectives must be precise throughout the chain of command. Setting the simplest goal is the only way to truly find the silver lining in the cloud.