If your company has chosen a cloud-based application for your next software investment, you’re likely excited about many of the benefits you expect to experience. Perks like better scalability and increased agility are great reasons to switch to cloud solutions, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t often bumps along the way.
Keep in mind these considerations so your transition to cloud technology is as smooth and pain-free as possible:
Understand and address security concerns. In many cases, cloud software offers improved security over the protection an on-site solution could provide. What can get murky, though, is deciding who’s responsible for each part of your security. Don’t assume your vendor is addressing this issue. Instead, come up with a written plan that clearly outlines the responsibilities your IT department and your vendor will be covering.
The security of cloud solutions can get especially tricky because it’s rare that a company makes a unilateral switch to cloud-based software. In most situations, cloud solutions are gradually added to the mix. This can leave holes in security, where information is being shared across cloud and on-site applications, so be sure to address it.
Help your employees understand the changes. Transitioning to cloud-based technology can be complex, and your line-of-business managers and their teams will need a basic understanding of the structure supporting their processes. Keep them informed about the changes and get their input to increase buy-in.
Talk through the importance of high-quality passwords and other security features, too. Explain how the security of your system is supported and the steps they can take to help further protect the data you have in your system.
You’re not on your own. It’s never a good idea to implement a cloud application on your own. Select a vendor partner that is proactive about understanding your business processes and will provide the services you need. For instance, you may want a vendor that will offer educational opportunities and provide training for your team.
The right vendor will make sure your transition to a cloud solution is as smooth and easy as possible. They can also help you design your infrastructure in a way that best supports your business processes. Many companies integrate cloud solutions slowly, and your vendor can help you determine which pieces of your business are best handled by cloud technology.
If you’re looking for a cloud vendor that will not only walk you through the transition, but give you straight answers to your questions and concerns along the way, make an appointment with Truth Comm. We offer the technical support you want while providing the truth you need about your technology.