What does 100% cloud adoption mean for the IT department?

Generally speaking, up until now, the IT department’s responsibility has been to maintain the organisation’s infrastructure regardless of cost.

With IT providing the backbone to any thriving business, it is no surprise that MDs have favoured security over cost any day – but the advent of cloud computing has changed all of that.

As the economic outlook remains pessimistic, companies are looking for ways to cut costs – often leading to a reduction in staff. With this in mind, IT staff...

By Keith Bates, 30 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hosting, SLA.

Does size really matter when it comes to the cloud?

In my experience, those tasked with making such business-critical decisions about what size cloud provider to opt for are confronted with several opinions on the matter, often from sources with their own biases on the subject.

To my knowledge, there is only one overriding advantage of a large cloud provider, namely price. Whilst companies who build bigger data centres can drive down the unit price offering cost savings to customers, flexibility in the contract is usually compromised as a result.

With large...

By Keith Bates, 11 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Data, Enterprise.

SLAs: Are you trapped in the cloud?

Buyer beware

You would consider it somewhat careless to take out a mortgage or buy a new car without fully understanding the extent of the contract – so why are so many companies choosing to outsource their entire IT estate without fully understanding the terms and conditions?

Business would dictate a buyer beware attitude when it comes to purchasing anything and this mentality needs to be adopted when it comes to the cloud.  

It is vital that a company looks at its business needs, ascertains what...

By Keith Bates, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, SLA.

How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud

It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.

The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...

By Keith Bates, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

What considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud?

We have to face facts: cloud uptake is on the rise.

Indeed, deployments are set to double by 2015, and up to 200,000 UK jobs will be created by cloud computing technologies between 2011 and 2015.

CIOs therefore have to accept that cloud is here, and here to stay. So what considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud, even if he is entirely unwilling to do so?!

Below, I have outlined some tips for any CIO who is either looking to move to the cloud, or indeed, is being pushed into making the move by...

By Keith Bates, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Is cloud computing really that much cheaper than on-premise?

Before signing any cloud computing contract, or indeed, renewing his on-premise IT agreement, the CIO should sit down with his CFO to clearly identify and understand the total cost of the IT department to the business, and compare his current solution to a cloud-based alternative. And to complete this cost justification process, the CIO must look at each of the following areas:

The IT Crowd

Whilst a company’s employees are its biggest asset, they are also its biggest cost. And if a business employs a...

By Keith Bates, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise.