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6 Things CEO's Need to Know About Cloud Computing

Posted by Jose O'farril on August 3, 2011

The next big thing has arrived… "Cloud Computing"!

Now what does that mean to CEO's and how can you unleash the power the cloud has been promising. The following are 6 key points every CEO should know.

 1 - Get Organized

Cloud computing offers your company organization, something most of us have long been yearning for. Cloud computing offers a built-in standardization strategy when planning for future development and software implementations.

2 - Integrate

Moving to a cloud-computing atmosphere can be a fairly slow process for most people. Your IT staff will need to stratigize which applications, departments, and segments will receive the greatest benefit from the cloud to set up and manage them first. For example cloud computing can best be utilized in pre-production segments like testing and development where where you staff can build and test more robust online-applications.

3 - Time to Pow-Wow

The migration to Cloud-Computing will open up opportunities to better collaborate between departments and teams. Collaborative tools alongside cloud rollouts, i.e. Salesforce tools, will be the key to having a competitive edge as your business moves forward.

4 - Budgeting

One of the best aspects of cloud computing is being able to know exact costs without the all to familiar surprises that most of us have to pad costs for. In addition to having clear figures on operating and upcoming rollout costs, people typically will save 20-30% of their hardware costs. This can help free up to invest in new internal projects and overall business growth and intelligence.

5 - Size

Sizes may vary from organization to organization, and the cloud by nature is a very scalable solutions so this isn’t a one size fits all scenario. Cloud computing should be fully integrated into your IT strategic and operational planning, in order to maximize on the benefits. This should be incorporated both into your short term and long term strategic planning. The main benefit of the cloud’s scalability is that it can be integrated not only in the SMB space but in the enterprise space as well, making it ideal for growth and expansion.

6 - Mobile

Many executives are not integrating a mobile strategy along with their cloud computing rollout, which is a shame as the two should go hand in hand. Your workforce will become increasingly agile with cloud and mobile strategies running congruently.

Cloud computing is here to stay and will be growing into new and exciting places everyday, which will affect your business whether you transition or not. It does have an upfront cost but the benefits in the future will be priceless.

Topics: GUI

Written by Jose O'farril

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