What is the Cloud Good for?

The cloud is not really the final destination: 

Adopting cloud computing has seen more IT leaders, as well as business leaders, try to get their footing on what can otherwise be described as a very slippery slope. Helping organizations transform into an innovative organization, while gaining a competitive advantage takes the collaborated efforts of both the business and the IT organization. What exactly is the impact of Public, Private and Hybrid cloud to my business? You may ask… Cloud technology is not meant to be a final destination, but a tool to be used to get a business result. Cloud computing is a tool that is to be utilized in finding viable solutions to business problems as well as provide IT with the computing power that it requires to enable it to perform all of its daily or cyclical operations within the organization.

The cloud technology ROI: 

Cloud technology will best realize a true return on investment (ROI) for an organization if the investment on cloud technology is founded on the alignment of the organizations business needs with its IT spending. Today, business leaders are overlooking the role of the IT organization. They are often bypassing it when purchasing cloud services by doing this outside of the control of their IT departments — see my blog What is Shadow IT? This shows that business leaders are much quicker in adopting cloud services than IT leaders. IT should be taking the lead (i.e. the enabler) in promoting cloud technology within the organization, keeping in mind the needs and goals of the business. To set a clear path on cloud technology spending, a cloud strategy is required for the organization.

The Low-Hanging Fruit: 

A majority of IT leaders realize the benefits of cloud options such as cloud storage, disaster recovery or even hosted email to name just but a few. In many cases, the SaaS service will be addressing a specific need in an organization — for instance ERP, CRM or Business Intelligence. It is for this reason that such businesses adopt SaaS. When business and IT leaders start thinking outside of the box (viewing their organizations through a cloud strategy lens) then that is the time when the magic begins to happen. Such a cloud strategy looks at all the facets of a business as well as its processes and starts asking this question: how can the application of cloud technology benefit or improve this process?

The IT Cloud Strategy: 

A business plan is a key success factor for any business; no business can be successful without it. Similarly, to harness the true potential of cloud computing and fully realize its power, an organization must employ its IT cloud plan or strategy, which comes in handy in guiding its purchasing decisions on cloud computing. Also, choosing a cloud technology on the basis of enhancement or innovation of a business process goes a long way in helping the IT organization become a real partner of that business, as well as getting an invitation back to the table in the C-Suite. An IT organization has a duty to provide a business with everything needed to be and remain competitive, including looking outside the datacenter for viable solutions.

The Stratascape Technologies Approach: 

Stratascape Technologies is a Cloud Services Brokerage company that uses cloud technology to provide solutions to our client’s business problems. We are able to offer customized solutions in resolving our client’s business issues by first learning about their business and their pain points. Each and every company that we serve is different. Similarly, cloud computing solutions we offer are different and customized to their needs. At Stratascape Technologies, we focus on 3 core areas: Cloud Technology, Big Data as well as Cloud Services Brokerage for Fortune 100. We do have a solution to your unique business problem. To receive additional information about IT Cloud Strategy, send your name, telephone number and email address to info@stratascapeit.com and receive our free IT Cloud Strategy whitepaper.