Don’t Be Taken by the Cloud Computing Trend!
It's the nature of trends for people to want to capitalize on them, which means that many sellers of what's trendy may have little experience working with the trends that they're selling. As a business looking to take advantage of the latest technology trends, it's important that you're not bamboozled by a smooth talking technology marketer with no depth.
Trend Marketing vs Trend Experience
One of the hottest trends going on right now in IT is cloud computing. Everyone's talking about the cloud. "Is your business in the cloud?" "Access your files from anywhere in the cloud!" "Cloudity cloud cloud." After a few years of heavy marketing, you may be tired of hearing about the benefits of cloud computing and seeing advertisements with pictures of white fluffy clouds.
Because it's incredibly important to properly setup your business with cloud computing, you will want to make sure that you have an experienced IT professional migrate your data to the cloud if you intend on using it. This is opposed to going with a cloud computing company solely based on advertising that catches your eye with pretty cloud pictures (in lieu of investigating the company's credentials).
Dig Deep by Asking Questions
The thing about cloud computing is that it's a fairly complex operation. From the standpoint of the technician deploying your cloud services, it's not as simple as moving your stuff to the cloud by dragging and dropping file icons from one computer to another. There's a huge difference between private cloud vs. public cloud, and then there's hybrid cloud computing that takes advantage of both models.
If a cloud provider isn't asking you specific questions about your company's data usage in order to find the right cloud computing model for you, then they may be trying to fit your company into a one-size-fits-all model that won't suit your needs. At the very least, you should press your cloud provider into explaining these three cloud computing models to you. You can also ask them why they want to implement the specific cloud computing model that they've chosen to meet for your company's data needs. A question like this will help to flush out the cloud experts from the cloud posers.
Make an Informed Purchase
From the perspective of an end user, getting setup on the cloud is easy, as it should be. As with the nature of any service that's hired out professionally, you shouldn't have to put too much thought into what you're buying because convenience is one of the things that you're paying for. However, like any major purchase, it's wise for the transaction to be an informed one. When selecting a cloud provider, you should ask the right questions and investigate the company providing the service as much as it takes so that you will feel comfortable that they can secure your invaluable data.
You Deserve a Trusted IT Advisor
Two benefits of working with the IT professionals at Directive are that; 1) we have the deep IT experience required to securely handle your data and properly pull off a major project like cloud migration, and 2) we fancy ourselves as a trusted IT advisor for our clients. Being a trusted IT advisor means that we work hard to earn and keep your trust, which involves us going out of our way to meet clients' needs in order to prove that we're not a bunch of shysters. Being a trusted IT advisor also means being transparent by taking time to explain things and answer questions that our clients may be concerned about.
At Directive, you can bet your sweet bippy that we're up on all the latest IT trends like cloud computing! More than "being up on trends," we're IT trendsetters thanks to our experience. You don't have to take our word on this based on this blog article, give a call at 607.433.2200 and ask us yourself to explain IT trends to you. We believe that talking to us will set your mind at ease and give you confidence that Directive has what it takes to serve your organization's technology needs!