Nine Best Practices for Cloud Implementation

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-08-2014 Email

More than four of five organizations now use some form of cloud computing, according to industry research, and a great number of companies are exploring new options for cloud deployment. The advantages are clear: 84 percent of CIOs say they've cut costs by moving applications to the cloud, and these applications deliver an average of 70 percent more ROI than on-premise ones. Organizations using the cloud save 25 percent on personnel, and one-third have reduced their IT costs by at least that same percent. As a result, cloud computing now represents a $150 billion industry. That said, cloud adoption is hardly a one-size-fits-all process. An effective CIO will explore options which keep stakeholders and business objectives in mind. One appealing quality of on-premise IT, after all, is control. Depending upon the cloud adoption model, execution and provider, you can lose that sense of control very quickly. But it doesn't have to be that way, especially if you consider the following best practices for cloud implementation. They were adopted from a variety of online resources, including those posted by Axelos, a global IT management best practices initiative; and Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider. For more about the best practices from Axelos, click here. For more about the tips from Logicalis, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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