Fast forward weeks into the future, after you’ve been able to convince the owner of your practice and the rest of the decision-makers that a cloud deployment makes sense for your practice. The next step is developing a cloud-enabled IT infrastructure. However, cloud services aren’t ready to be installed straight out of a box.
There needs to be a plan in place to ensure that your hardware, systems and applications are properly aligned to your particular cloud path. If you don’t establish the initial groundwork, cloud integration will turn into a major headache.
We’ve helped several clients move to the cloud and have noticed a few recurring themes. Below are a few best practice tips on how you can get your organization ready for the cloud:
- Know what you’re getting. A common misstep when implementing a cloud solution is not fully understanding what the cloud is or what you are signing up for. It’s important to take the time to learn what the “cloud” truly means, how you will use the solution, and what it can and cannot do.
- Know your responsibilities. Don’t assume your cloud provider will handle everything for you. Carefully read your contract so you know where your vendor’s responsibilities end and yours begin.
- Be aware of integration Issues. Determine which of your current IT components will work with the cloud. Some applications, such as graphic design or other industry-specific applications might not make sense in the cloud. Before making the move, test your applications to see if they will work optimally in a cloud environment.
- Don’t overreact to security. Yes, everyone is concerned with security. But deciding you need to “encrypt everything" can end up causing functionality issues in addition to being cost-prohibitive. Determine what your security requirements are and prioritize where you need heavy security and what is truly viable.
- New processes and training. Adapting to the cloud is about more than the technology. Your workforce will have to be prepared to learn new processes while balancing out old ones. Make sure you provide adequate training to your staff, and host a forum where their questions and concerns can be routinely addressed.
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