More companies are beginning to embrace cloud computing. One reason for this is that employing cloud computing can be very cost effective. What many companies don’t realize is there can be other cloud computing costs. Therefore, before employing a cloud computing solution for your business, you need to make sure that the solution you choose will meet your needs.
Below are some areas that your business should look closely at before making your final cloud computing decision.
By using the cloud, your business can definitely save money during start up by not having to pay for either hardware or business management licensing costs. Smaller businesses and those that can have a fluctuation of employees can also benefit from a pay-as-you-go structure. If your business is already well established, (i.e. you already have servers and hardware in place) then there should not be too much of an additional equipment cost.
Unlike other popular software systems, you can customize your company’s cloud solution to meet your specific company needs. Due to the customizable nature, you can end up spending much more money than you intended (or even need to spend). What more is that some of these customizations will require extra time, attention and upgrades to work down the line. This will end up costing you and your IT department more time and money.
Is the extra cost worth it for peace of mind?
The biggest concern businesses have with switching over to conducting business in the cloud is the safety of their personal and customer’s private information. One way to reduce this risk is to hire experienced, professional IT employees. An experienced IT department will be up-to-date with security protocols in the cloud and be able to establish the proper security measures to make you more comfortable with your company’s data in the cloud.
Remember, however, that the higher quality your data security team is the more money it will cost.
While it can take time, choosing the right cloud computing solution is vital to the health of your company—should you choose to implement the cloud. Innovative Architects can help you ensure that you get the right cloud computing solution for your business. Contact us today to get started. For more information about the cloud, please read our blog and knowledge center.