The economy is back on track, your business is picking up and growth prospects are good. You’re thinking that maybe it’s time to move some business operations to the cloud for that scalability, flexibility and, yes, cost savings you’re always hearing about.
Your first inclination might be to put your IT guy on the case. Cloud services are affordable, somebody else buys and maintains the systems and, with a few automation tools, your IT guy should be able to handle it all.
Well, maybe. There is more to cloud computing than spinning up a new virtual machine before lunch. And off-the-shelf public cloud services may be cheap, but your IT guy would pretty much be on his own. That means you could end up buying services you don’t need, or holding on to services long after they’ve served their purpose, or not knowing about a service you could really benefit from. Where will data be stored, how accessible is it and what security provisions are in place to protect it? Is it asking too much of your IT guy to have all the answers?
The good and the bad news is that cloud computing is evolving rapidly. Innovation abounds and, with it, a continual flow of new features, capabilities and possibilities for your business. Your IT guy is smart, capable and reliable, but cloud experts are not created overnight. Keeping up with industry dynamics is a full-time job by itself.
Instead get your IT Guy an IT and cloud computing team. Choose a service provider that wants to offer guidance, help you plan, look three years out and precisely fine tune services to the level that best meet your requirements now and in the future. These are just a few of the many advantages:
- Knowledgeable software, hardware and network-certified technical staff (e.g. Cisco and Microsoft)
- Secure, compliance-audited data centers and cloud computing ( e.g. SSAE 16, HIPAA, and PCI)
- Tailored solutions with periodic technology and business reviews
- Around-the-clock access to technical support
- Frees up internal resources to focus on business and innovation
Cloud is the future of computing – of your computing. It’s too important to allow your company ─ and your IT guy ─ to go it alone.