Adrian Jakeman | 17 August 2015
Migrating to the cloud
Whilst the advantages of cloud computing are clear, they call for a range of new in-house skills to highlight the tangible benefits and ensure your business successfully transforms along the way. Below is QA’s top-line list of key skills a business needs to ensure effective transformation to cloud computing.
Cloud computing is a strategic weapon, so it needs to be managed strategically. The mass migration of on-premises data to remote servers can be quite a challenge so you will need to have project management capabilities and resources readily available, who will be able to negate any challenges and keep the project delivered within scope, time and budget.
Security and compliance
Public cloud computing introduces a third-party into your data-management strategy; creating higher level of risks. Therefore, a working cyber security model in cloud computing environments is essential. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are and put a security plan in place to protect your assets.
Business and financial
Return-on-investment (ROI) is always important factor, whether it’s with advertising, recruitment or resources. Moving to the cloud will be no different; you will see an increase in profits and productivity – but how are you measuring this? It will be necessary to make judgement calls based on key metrics such as business performance versus costs of subscribing to the cloud.
Knowledge of virtualisation will be key to ensuring a successful transition. Virtualisation is software that manipulates hardware – and is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing making it critically important to understand as you move to a cloud solution.
Negotiating skills are imperative when sourcing a cloud solution provider. Coming to terms on service-level agreements, knowing the contract to a finite detail, and a person who will take control if the solution underperforms or doesn’t adhere to the contract will be crucial to a successful cloud deployment.
Data integration and analysis skills
Will the data you generate through your cloud-based systems integrate seamlessly with your CRM and other onsite systems? To ensure a successful (less painless!) launch and integration, your data and business systems team should be prepared.
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