Tag: Cloud Computing Services

Don’t Let Business Objectives Get Lost in the Cloud

When application components reside in different locations, visibility issues arise that can hinder a holistic view of the corporate environment and create a disconnect between IT operations and the enterprise in terms of timely, effective decision making. Will moving to the cloud make your organization more agile? Will the cloud computing improve productivity? What are the security and compliance implications of cloud-based storage? Maintaining a business-centric cloud strategy keeps the emphasis on business objectives rather than focusing exclusively on specific cloud features.

A primary benefit of aligning cloud architecture and corporate goals is that you can obtain a faster, more thorough understanding of what cloud computing services your customers employ, which, in turn, helps you create a better overall customer experience. In other words, you’re able to go where your customers go. Alignment also helps provide valuable data about how your customers gather information before making purchase decisions and where they buy products, providing an assessment of customer buying behavior.

Don't Let Business Objectives Get Lost in the Cloud

Cloud-based storage strategies are a technological element in a corporation’s overall digital transformation initiative to secure future growth, improve customer experiences, and streamline operations. Says Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, “There is a big disconnect with executives and shareholders. The board is equally guilty. They look at all this stuff as cost centers, when, in fact, they are investments in the future of the organization. Not just the health, but the ability to compete in a digital economy that’s constantly evolving.”

Put the Customer First

The overall customer experience is an often-overlooked but vital component when defining an enterprise-wide cloud strategy. A simple way to ensure an aligned approach is to routinely evaluate whether both IT and executive expectations are being met in terms of the customer. An honest look at business processes – such as how long order-processing takes or how quickly customer support reacts to user issues – reveals whether the two areas are truly aligned or have fallen into misalignment. Ideally, a company’s business strategy should guide IT operations as to how to use cloud infrastructure to resolve any shortcomings.

Connect with Stakeholders

Maintaining an open, ongoing dialogue is essential for successful collaboration among IT professionals and company executives, whose goals at first glance may seem misaligned. Bridging the gap between the two areas is typically more of an educational effort than a true misalignment. Stakeholders often have opposing points of view about the company’s future needs, so simply initiating a group consensus about the role that cloud will play in the future is essential to successful alignment.

Establish IT as an Innovator

Public, private, and hybrid cloud options currently dominate many corporate innovation discussions. By leveraging the cloud as an example of IT’s rapid adoption of emerging technologies for competitor advantage is a savvy way to establish IT as an incubator for technological leadership. Liaison with the marketing, sales, product development, and service teams to determine how cloud computing can help their efforts and they will return the favor by looking to you for future leadership.

About AllianceTek

AllianceTek employs a global team of more than 100 skilled developers and consultants who specialize in cloud computing solutions and provide comprehensive, scalable, and extensible development roadmaps. We keep up to date with the latest technology platforms and bring originality and innovation to the IT business solutions we develop. We believe it takes a global village to create technology that’s on-time, on-budget, and on-target with your needs.

Cloud Storage: Public, Private, or Hybrid?

Cloud architecture – the means of using and storing data over the internet rather than on a local hard drive – has benefits as well as drawbacks. Proponents of cloud computing services point to reduced environmental impact, cost effectiveness, and its ability to make data more mobile. Detractors cite security issues, records of poor customer service, and server downtime as serious downsides to using cloud computing.

Cloud Storage: Public, Private, or Hybrid?

Here is a quick look at the pros and cons of the three different forms of cloud storage:

Public Cloud

The public cloud – defined as a multi-tenant and/or shared environment – is the most well-known and widely used form of cloud-based storage, due to the ease of its set-up and use. Users are often attracted to the seemingly unlimited resources at their disposable, in addition to the pay-as-you-go payment model. A public cloud service is ideal for businesses that do not wish to spend money on physical storage hardware.

Depending on your business data needs and other requirements, however, this model has some significant drawbacks:

  • Long-term costs are significantly higher for the public model than the private model. A common complaint is the hidden cost of data migration.
  • Public clouds also bring safety concerns, since using them requires businesses to give up direct oversight of their data’s security. As a result, companies with compliance concerns may not be well suited to public cloud computing.

Private Cloud

In the private model, only designated users can access the cloud. This is a far cry from the shared situation intrinsic to the public cloud. But it offers full control over data security, greater customization toward a specific business need, and increased data integrity. Private clouds are the only choice for those businesses where safety and security of information is paramount.

However, be mindful of the downsides to private clouds. A private cloud needs continual oversight by individuals with IT expertise. With a private cloud, companies must purchase and maintain their own hardware. On one hand, this makes the cost of storage lower compared to using a third party. But on the other hand, scalability is limited by how much physical storage space the company possesses. These factors make the private cloud model expensive and, thus, best suited to large companies.

Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud, a model that seeks to combine elements of public and private clouds into a workable fusion, is growing in popularity. Companies will host highly sensitive data on a private cloud while storing less confidential information on a public one. This carries the benefit of cost effectiveness as well as the potential to achieve an ideal balance between data accessibility and safety.

The hybrid approach to cloud storage continues to suffer from compliance, complexity, and reliability concerns:

  • Hybrid cloud users must ensure all services continue to adhere to the company’s compliance policies and all applications/information stay current.
  • The connected system between a public and private cloud can get complex. For example, storing an application on a private cloud while keeping its data on a public one results in an organizational nightmare as well as possible functionality issues. Companies that attempt to use a hybrid system without a firm understanding of how to navigate these complexities could face serious problems, such as data losses or breaches.
  • Reliable service is vital to any business, yet non-functioning servers will easily derail this endeavor. Creating a multiplex of cloud servers rather than relying on just one is essential to maintaining the consistency users demand.

While the versatility of the hybrid cloud looks promising, it is not a perfect solution. In fact, there is no perfect solution when it comes to the cloud. Every business has different desires, concerns, and requirements that it must weigh when deciding which form of the cloud is best for them.

About AllianceTek

AllianceTek employs a global team of more than 100 skilled developers and consultants who specialize in cloud computing solutions and provide comprehensive, scalable, and extensible development roadmaps. We keep up to date with the latest technology platforms and bring originality and innovation to the IT business solutions we develop. We believe it takes a global village to create technology that’s on-time, on-budget, and on-target with your needs.