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My company is looking into the cloud. Is there a standard basic path to go from physical to virtual? (Webinar Attendee Question)

This questions was asked by an attendee during the Proformative webinar "Owning Technology as a Finance Leader: Cloud, Mobile, Social Media & Analytics" held on October 2, 2012.  You can view a video of the webinar here:





Topic Expert
Donald Koscheka
Title: Principal
Company: Bluecloud Communications
(Principal, Bluecloud Communications) |

What are you planning to do in the cloud?

Topic Expert
Bob Scarborough
Title: CEO
Company: Tensoft, Inc.
(CEO, Tensoft, Inc.) |

Possibly your question could be how to evaluate or prioritize what should be moved to the cloud?

Some questions that may be helpful:
1) When can you think an application as a service instead of a technology stack?
2) What areas of your technology stack (server, operating systems, security, applications) are one-offs for your IT support. If your IT team is supporting only one instance of a technology stack – along with many other things – it will be hard for them to maintain a high level of expertise.
3) What IT activities add the most value to your organization? Usually basic administration (maintaining up time, upgrades, security) is not a value add, and more a requirement to start getting value. For comparison access to data (reporting, analytics) could be a higher value.
4) What does the application need to integrate with (link to)? How complex would that integration become if you separate application locations – or what applications need to be considered as a group?

Bob Scarborough

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

I think the responses by Bob and Donald are appropriate ones to consider before making the transition to the cloud. I'll add that it's important to know your own situation and know your goal before embarking on a path to the cloud... the same process as if you were to refresh/upgrade your on premise equipment.

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