To all you IT professionals out there, if you haven’t adopted cloud computing into your company’s business structure, now is the time! In an article on Forbes.com, Cesar Orosco, enterprise business solutions architect at NetApp, provides statistical proof that the cloud is here to stay! In case you aren’t convinced, he says, “According to IDC, by 2015, one of every seven dollars spent on packaged software, server and storage offerings will be through the public cloud model, growing five times faster than the total IT industry.”
With numbers like that, it’s hard to ignore where cloud computing is going and the possible benefits it can have for a company. But if you aren’t already using it, how do you start? Orosco suggests developing a cloud strategy plan with these seven steps:
- Inventory all your applications - Take inventory of all the IT-managed applications you have.
- Determine whether each application is core or contextual – if the application supports an important business process, it is “core.” If it doesn’t, then it is “contextual.”
- Identify each asset’s lifecycle stage - Applications that are due for upgrade in the next year are perfect candidates for the cloud.
- Perform a technical analysis – This should help with determining the technical likelihood of moving to the cloud.
- Analyze TCO (total cost of ownership) – Compare the cost of continuing to do things the way you are, over incorporating usage of the cloud.
- Evaluate cost/value – Would the move to the cloud reduce expenses or create value by increasing revenue?
- Engage your technical partners – Orosco writes that after completing the first six steps, you’ll be able to create a strategy based on your needs and engage your technology partners.
We encourage you to read the full article for all of the insights surrounding the importance of embracing cloud computing.