Cloud Computing Becoming a Must for Enterprises

January 4, 2013

Not too long ago, cloud computing was considered an optional luxury for businesses. Now, however, it is essential for organizations to move at least some of their functions to the cloud.

A recent Deloitte blog highlighted many of the benefits of cloud-based programs, including cost-efficiency, scalability and the fact that companies only pay for what they use. As a result, the question has shifted to which functions should be transitioned to the cloud, not whether they should.

In a recent blog for Forbes, Louis Columbus, senior manager of enterprise marketing at Microsoft, discussed what company and IT decision-makers should focus on before implementing cloud computing applications:

Security: Arguably the most important factor to keep in mind is how to safeguard corporate networks and programs that are based in the cloud. Because the technology is relatively new, different security threats are emerging that cloud vendors are currently unprepared for.

Therefore, instead of leaving everything to the provider, companies should take matters into their own hands. Security measures should be implemented directly into the corporate infrastructure and response plans should be established in advance.

Hybrid cloud strategies: As Columbus noted, it may take some more time before the enterprise cloud computing market reaches its full maturity level. Instead of moving entire infrastructures to the cloud, companies may want to start with only the vital functions. 

Columbus advised decision-makers to to develop a system centered around their business needs. For example, financial firms may want to implement cloud-based business intelligence applications, which can be easily updated over time.

Contract outside help: It may be helpful to hire cloud computing specialists or outsource IT services to cloud-based companies, particularly during the initial transition period.