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Clear Thinking Drives Business Value from Cloud Computing

Martin Capurro, Senior Director of Product Management at Savvis, contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Current economic conditions continue to press on small and medium-sized business IT budgets, forcing IT admins to do more with less. And that has many businesses turning to the cloud for a solution.

In fact, a January IDC report forecasts business spending on cloud solutions will grow by nearly 20 percent annually over the next few years. And for about three in 10 of these firms, those deployments will take place on public cloud, IDC estimates.

Companies that build a business case seeking multiple benefits will be best prepared to get the most out of the cloud option they choose. This means looking at savings but also resource efficiencies and SaaS-like access to CRM, ERP and other sophisticated business systems, as well as access to the IT expertise required to manage those technologies.

Early cloud adoption focused efforts on in-house private clouds. As today’s market turns to public cloud, many of these savvy businesses will be looking for ways to extend their in-house infrastructure through hybrid solutions. This avoids a wholesale, rip-and-replace initiative, which isn’t always the best approach for organizations that invested heavily in their existing infrastructure.

When investigating which cloud solution makes sense for your business, consider the flexibility and scalability of the solution. Ask yourself:

  • How easy is ordering the cloud service?
  • Does the provider offer straightforward subscription pricing?
  • What reliability protections does the provider offer?
  • Does the provider’s portfolio extend beyond cloud so that you can streamline integration with your existing infrastructure?
  • Do the services include an overall management system that provides simple, centralized control to design, manage and upgrade the cloud services and monitor their performance?
  • Is there a team available around-the-clock to answer installation and on-going support needs?

Finally, companies need to perform ongoing analysis of their current and future cloud plans in order to measure the return on their investments. Determine what to measure and use that to articulate the business value you expect from your cloud provider.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

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