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SMEs: 3 tips to go to the cloud

22 June 2016

Future of IT: More than ever the promises of cloud can attract SMEs. Here are 3 good practices which permit to get the most out of a cloud operation in a small business.

 By Guillaume Series, | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

When most people think of the value of the cloud, they imagine a large infrastructure of PaaS or IaaS destined for thousands of users. Still, SMEs can also take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, and at least at three levels of says analyst Tim Harmon of Forrester Research :

  • Fewer administrative tasks and therefore potentially less cost.
  • A greater speed of implementation speed.
  • Better security, guaranteed by a cloud provider that has more resources than bust to deal with threats.

In fact, there are obvious advantages for SMEs to go to the cloud, but that does not mean that you have to go head first.

1. Beware of Patchwork

one of the main problems of SMEs when they want to invest in a new technology is the patchwork of solutions that they have installed and used over time. In fact, the classic SMEs buys and uses software or technology when the installed brick used until then is no longer enough or fails.

This logic often leads to a stack of heterogeneous solutions. And this poses serious compatibility issues when the next step is to deploy a cloud. This lack of integration policy can end up becoming a barrier and / or nightmare for SMEs when you start your journey to the cloud. Specifically, a new cloud of brick will not necessarily work with the rest of the company's applications.

If you are dealing with a patchwork of IT solutions, be sure to solidify your solutions portfolio. Then try to understand that which will work and that which can’t work with the new tools of cloud computing. And adopt a strategy accordingly.

2. Check the security yourself

As mentioned earlier, the cloud provides SMEs the opportunity to benefit from new security tools through their cloud provider, enabling them access to previously inaccessible features.

However, this does not necessarily mean that your cloud tools do not bring with them new risks and new vulnerabilities. SME managers need to understand that their processes and data are affected by these new tools, and address new risks. They therefore need to develop a plan.

3. Examine the details (because they could be subject to evil intention)

If your business starts in the cloud, you need to understand that cloud computing is not the single answer to your problems. The enthusiasm now gone, take the time to examine each IT resource, security, interactions, applications, performance. And then decide whether or not you need to position everything on the cloud, or some bricks must remain on site.

And in the same way that you monitor your on-premiseoperations, it is important to monitor your cloud computing tools so that they work properly. For example, the fact of over-provision of resources in the cloud can raise costs.

Finally, in addition to monitoring the operation of web services; the CEO should be involved in managing cloud providers to ensure that the organization and the vendors are online on the technical specifications and financial aspects.

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