The use of cloud technology is on the rise, as businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the multiple benefits cloud computing can have in terms of efficiency and profitability. Whether it’s private, public, hybrid or a mix of various cloud computing models, the technology is now used by at least 70% of U.S. organizations, according to IDG Enterprise’s 2016 Cloud Computing Executive summary. The figure is expected to grow further, as 56% of businesses surveyed said they were working on transferring more IT operations to the cloud.
The chief benefits listed by organizations that have successfully moved to the cloud include increased efficiency, ease of access, simpler administration and management, and overall lower costs. But before reaping the benefits of cloud technology, businesses will first have to move there successfully -- a process often fraught with various challenges, from insufficient planning to obsolete technology and more.
1. Getting It Right
Unless you're moving to a platform-as-a-service such as Heroku, it's pretty easy to get things wrong the first time. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud can be thought of like Legos: There are many different pieces and tons of ways to assemble something. If you can, use a platform-as-a-service (PaaS); they're prescriptive in their usage, which is great if you lack expertise. - Russell Smith, Rainforest QA
2. People And Processes
When it comes to cloud adoption, the biggest challenge isn't technology -- it's the people and processes that must change and adapt. This takes time, limiting the effectiveness of cloud adoption. Younger companies and those with tech innovation test centers will make this transition easier. The biggest enterprises will have a long tail of transition when it comes to full cloud adoption.
by Forbes Technology Council
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