New technologies, an increasingly mobile workforce, and changing employee expectations mean that it is now essential to create a cloud-enabled environment. So, the cloud must be part of your business strategy. But what questions do you need to ask when creating a cloud game plan for your business?
What do we want to achieve?
When it comes to business, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Each organisation is different and has its own unique demands. So, rather than looking at any specific technology, digital transformation is done best when it starts from a business perspective. Before you invest one single penny, ask yourself what challenges and opportunities you face, and what you need to address these.
Ultimately, you need to understand your business, its employees and your customers. It’s not about tech for tech sake, but about using cloud technologies in a way that will help your organisation to succeed, adapt and thrive.
What is our budget?
Businesses need to save and make money. So, when creating a cloud strategy, you’ll need to know what you can, and can’t afford. However, even if budgets are tight, by choosing a cloud hosted desktop solution, you can significantly reduce your costs.
For example, our hosted desktop service will help you to reduce the up-front capital expense. You only ever pay for what you use – on a subscription basis – so you can improve the standard of your IT and boost your cashflow at the same time. It’s no wonder that our hosted desktop services are the first choice for many organisations across the UK.
What do our employees need?
Today, the way we all work is changing. So, make sure that your cloud-strategy reflects the needs of your people. In particular, understanding the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce is key to creating a cloud-enabled environment.
Indeed, regardless of where they are, employees need access to all the files, data and apps required to do their jobs. So, the ability to access such resources from any location is essential. Look at what you need to provide this. For example, organisations must invest in reliable, versatile devices as well as secure, fast, highly compatible browsers to meet employee and business needs. The hosted desktop, which facilitates anytime, anywhere, any device work is also likely to be crucial to your cloud strategy.
What are the risks?
Despite the benefits, many UK organisations have been slow to transition to cloud services. Often because they worry that security measures will be out of their hands.
But, while it is essential to identify and assess any increase in security risks, it’s also important to understand that despite fears, there are solutions to ensure that organisations can use the cloud securely (e.g. encryption keys, hybrid solutions, authentication and access controls etc.).
In fact, the cloud provides organisations with access to an already-built secure IT infrastructure. This includes secure storage, data analytics, and methods of backup and disaster recovery. Can you say the same about your current IT set up?
How painful will the migration process be?
There are a lot of things to consider when moving to a cloud infrastructure. For example, you need to take into account any legacy systems that need to be integrated into your new setup. So it can be a complicated process. At Cloud Geeni, our migration experts make sure that there isn’t any impact on your business operations. Keeping everything simple we get you up and running in no time, with your new cloud system running parallel to your existing one until the process is complete.
What will happen if something goes wrong?
For many businesses, the idea of switching from a traditional IT setup to the cloud can be nerve-wracking. Often because of fears over a loss of control. But, putting your IT in the hands of cloud experts can reduce the likelihood of something going wrong. For example, with a managed approach, IT specialists are keeping an eye on your system all the time, making sure it’s running smoothly and quickly. Managed cloud desktop services also boast best-in-class backup and recovery processes. So, you can be sure that your data is recoverable should something go wrong.
How environmentally friendly do we want to be?
Today, being eco-friendly isn’t just essential to the long-term needs of our planet, it also makes good business sense. The good news is that cloud-based hosted desktop solutions won’t just save you money, they are also more environmentally friendly than traditional desktop solutions and can help you to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
How will we measure success?
As with any major IT change, it’s important to monitor performance closely. So, when creating a cloud strategy for your business, be sure to include key performance indicators (KPIs). Furthermore, once up and running, you should continue to measure performance and benchmark improvements in order to understand its true return on investment.
Who should we appoint as our cloud partner?
The right cloud vendor is needed to ensure that your cloud strategy delivers. You should also consider whether you want to adopt a multi-cloud approach, or stick with one trusted cloud provider. At Cloud Geeni, our tried and tested hosted desktop services are some of the best in the market, we never rest on our laurels. Instead, we spend around 800 hours each month further developing our products and services to keep up with advances in technology and the needs of our customers.
For more information on how we can support your business’s cloud strategy, contact us today for an informal chat.