Cloud computing is no more an alien term. It is the delivery of on-demand computing services which involves storage, databases, servers, software and analytics and numerous smart solutions over the internet. It offers flexible innovation resources to improve business efficiency and economy.
But, when it comes creating a successful cloud management strategy it requires in-depth knowledge and a lot of consideration. You need to be aware of the market trends and the ecosystem of the Cloud computing. This can’t be emphasized enough that how important it is to have the right tools in place in order to develop a great cloud management strategy. Here we are discussing easy to implement strategies that will allow you to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of the platform.
Cloud deployment model
Start by choosing the deployment model (if it will be within the company). The simplest way to choose a cloud deployment model is to understand the system and your requirements.
Public models- As name suggests the owner doesn’t own the infrastructure but the company that is offering the cloud services.
Private models- They provide more flexibility and are useful in the storage applications.
Hybrid models – As name suggests they provide benefits of all the models which are its part. Thus, they are secure, cost effective and scalable.
Community-based models- These models take advantage of both public cloud and private cloud.
Once you are sure of the deployment model for your company, now do some brain churning to choose the reliable services. Three options are available:
Software as a Service- With automation the solution can be easily updated by the vendor.
Platform as a Service- PaaS has vital application development and testing strategies that can easily implement the cloud setup.
Information as a Service- This service has direct control over all the application configurations.
Alignment and prioritization of the cloud initiatives
Once you get the understanding of the cloud deployment and service model, the next step is to prioritize its initiatives.
Identification of target departments
Identify the key departments of your platform like HR, marketing, finance, sales etc.
Defining the services
For the requirement of every department, start by breaking the IT services model in order to support each one of them along with their business requirements effectively. E.g. Websites, enterprise resource planning, client relation management etc.
Analyzing and assessing the cloud services
Choose the important IT services according to your cloud management strategy. Also, evaluate the benefits of the cloud services for your organization.
So, follow these steps and create a cloud management strategy that will help you and your organization in the long run.