The Fulcrum Group's Fort Worth IT Professionals LInkedIn group recently hosted a special, virtual "Ask The Experts" Q&A event on Migrating To The Cloud, and we wanted to roundup a few key takeaways for you here.
Key Takeaways From "Ask The Experts" - Migrating To The Cloud
- Benefits of Moving to Cloud Services
- Allows you to work (access your resources) anywhere
- Freedom from dealing with IT equipment issues. You don't have to worry about storage and maintenance of equipment that hosts your system.
- Risks and Possible Catches Associated with Moving to Cloud Services
- A hybrid model and multiple parties responsible for multiple parts of your system, can mean potential for mistakes.
- Hidden Costs & Budgetary Gotchya's
- Your Internet Connection - be sure to have a provisionary internet connection
- Redundancy - plan for backup so no surprises later
- One time costs of Cloud vs hidden costs of On-Premises
- Compare Public Cloud (pay for what you consume) vs Private Cloud (all infrastructure costs paid for up front)
- Budgeting concerns for industries such as local government and non-profits (allocating spending within a year's time, grants, etc).
- Understanding Total Costs of Ownership
- Infrastructure, planning, testing, and redundancy costs
- Labor to maintain equipment
- Physical security for equipment (locked environment/cameras/key code system)
- How data is controlled
- Compliance issues
- Private vs Public Cloud Differentiations
Private - 100% control of your data, how it is controlled and how it used, availability can be interrupted (maintenance or patching, for example) unless planned around.
Public - limited customization capabilities, typical availability
- Compliance & HIPAA - partnering with a vendor with ongoing knowledge and certifications to serve industries dealing with compliance and privacy safeguards and concerns.
- Business Verticals that might benefit more than other markets from a move to the Cloud (under non- or post-Pandemic circumstances):
- businesses with Cloud-based phone systems, heavy file share usage in the Cloud, businesses that have a lot of remote workers
- local government organizations - lots of field workers and groups of users
- healthcare organizations - multiple locations, potentially easier compliance issues, mobile medicine/virtual visits.
- Proactive Partnership
Sitting down on a regular basis with your technology provider, proactively planning your technology path will yield you the most harmonious business/IT results.
- Project Costs for Moving To The Cloud and Training Basics
- Licensing for Cloud resources (moving from on-premises to Cloud licensing)
- Labor for migrating your data
- Coordination and training planning
- "Train the Trainer"
- Train "superusers" among departments and groups of users to help your end-users.
- Great preparation can help hedge off problems before they start.
- Office 365 Training Resources - check our YouTube channel for great videos. Be on the lookout for mini-topics coming soon!
Watch the entire Ask The Experts Event here. If you haven't already, join our Fort Worth IT Professionals Group on LinkedIn here. If you have a colleague that is considering a move to the Cloud, feel free to share this article.
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