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Lonnie Elwood, Client Success Manager

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A firm’s move to a Cloud platform can be motivated by many different factors. There can be a desire to shift from a capital expenditure (CAPEX) model to more of an operating expenditure (OPEX) model for the IT costs of doing business. The availability of both compute and human resources can be more flexible when you engage Cloud and managed services offerings, but you need to make sure you are aware of what the true costs can be.

The inherent benefits of Cloud computing can pose challenges. In environments that are fast paced and very dynamic, IT support can pose challenges when the business user community quickly provisions and deploys systems without IT visibility.

Systems can quickly move from development and prototype systems to production systems with requirements for support and minimal downtime. Cloud platforms have different consumption rates, and a Cloud strategy that takes advantage of only having systems up during business hours can have cost overruns when systems are left on by users that aren’t aware of the potential costs. Cloud systems quickly provisioned by non-IT resources can bypass corporate governance policies and pose potential security risks. It is important for the resources tasked with overseeing the Cloud strategy to keep up to date with what the business is doing. Ensure that what you are allowing within your business gives you the control and security you need, especially if you are employing a hybrid strategy. Native Cloud implies corporate governance standards are in place. Beware of Cloud lock-in if you are customizing/creating apps on proprietary SaaS offerings if you think you may want to move later.

It may seem I’m painting an ugly picture with regards to leveraging Cloud platforms.  On the contrary, Cloud computing is allowing IT to move forward and achieve a level of agility that is necessary in today’s fast moving global economy.   Like any opportunity, it is important to go into an endeavor with as much information as you can get to make sure you are making the best choice for your firm.  GSI can help you navigate getting to the Cloud and ensuring once you get there the Cloud continues to add value you expect to receive.  If you have any other questions about the Cloud or are looking for assistance with your migration project, GSI is here to help you. At GSI we take pride in the fact that our teammates and consultants have extensive technical and business experience that can help your organization.  We have a Cloud Value Assessment offering that provides you with a Cloud Migration Strategy/Roadmap that is in complete alignment with your business goals.  Email us at cloudexperts@getgsi.com to start the conversation.