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    Cloud adoption for beginners

    As cloud use begins to extend beyond IT managers and into a number of different platforms, including tablets and mobile devices, users will develop a greater understanding of its main benefits.

    The vast majority of businesses are still learning the basic definition of cloud computing, so most haven't yet gotten to a point where they can optimize its functions. But as cloud use begins to extend beyond IT managers and into a number of different platforms, including tablets and mobile devices, users will develop a greater understanding of its main benefits.

    However, before business leaders can get to this level of comprehension, they must first consider the introductory questions. What should I keep in mind when choosing a cloud provider? How can I implement cloud-based technologies into my business model? Tech-savvy news sources and cloud providers understand the importance of these common questions and have responded accordingly.

    Government agency offers tips for cloud beginners
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology understands the inherently confusing nature of this technology. After all, software developers aren't always the clearest communicators. As a way to streamline the process for businesses that have an interest in cloud implementation but don't know where to begin, the agency has laid out the groundwork, according to Health Data Management, an IT publication.

    "New cloud computing providers and services are entering the market at a dizzying pace," the NIST explained, according to the news source. "Different organizations and groups often use the same cloud computing terms with slightly different, or even contradictory meanings, leading to confusion among cloud service providers, customers and carriers. The lack of clear definitions for cloud computing terms makes them inherently immeasurable."

    The many paths to cloud adaptation
    SearchITChannel reported that while there is no single path to cloud implementation, there are plenty of ways for your choice to heavily influence your business model. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance to choose wisely.

    Ryan Morris, a principal consultant with Morris Management Partners in Boulder, Colorado, said that a business should choose just one provider that is directly adjacent to the company's framework.

    "Just because everything can be in the cloud doesn't mean you should be there all at once," Morris told the news source. "Pick one or two very specific cloud offerings. Integrate them deliberately, get them to the point where they are viable, then add more things to the portfolio."

    He suggested this strategy because business model alterations can be quite expensive and complex. And by proceeding at a measured pace, companies will have a chance of selecting the right provider and learning the cloud's many intricacies at a comfortable rate.