AT ORACLE: In the Field
Success in the CloudsBy Mark C. Clark
Here are some cloud tips from experienced IT pilots.
Many organizations are already using or moving rapidly to the cloud to simplify and redefine the way they implement and maintain business systems.
In fact, a majority of respondents to a recent Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) member survey on cloud deployment strategies report that their organizations already have from one to five years of experience with cloud implementations.1
Given that so many additional respondents have upcoming cloud efforts on their radar, I reached out to several influential OAUG members to solicit advice and insight to share with those considering cloud deployments.
Understand and Communicate Business and Personal Benefits
To many of the OAUG members surveyed, strong and clear communication can make the difference between a successful deployment and an unsuccessful one. It’s vital to prepare stakeholders to understand and embrace the organizations’ long-term goals for cloud adoption as well as the personal payoffs. Based on OAUG member responses, here are some critical cloud goals and payoffs: Cloud-based deployments can free internal resources to focus on key competencies that support the business’ strategic, high-value objectives.
The organization and its employees have access to a wide range of services through the cloud that may not be available in traditional data center systems.
Select the Right Cloud Partners
For many OAUG members, choosing the right partner to support and manage your cloud systems is essential. The search for the proper partner should be treated with the same level of effort that would go into a key executive hire or even the due diligence of a merger or acquisition. While cost savings, speed, scalability, security, and certifications should be absolute minimums, other factors make some providers stand out as a better choice for your organization. OAUG members suggest that you consider how effectively the potential partner will provide
File a Proper Flight Plan
As we all know, going into a major project with a well-thought-out plan greatly improves the odds for successful implementation and adoption. As you map out your cloud project, I recommend adding these checklist items to your cloud implementation plan:
The availability of cloud-based systems presents IT and business leaders with options, alternatives, and opportunities that only recently came into being. Midsize companies now have access to services, architectures, and other technologies that were formerly reserved for large organizations or early adopters. Consider the advice shared by OAUG thought leaders as you embark on your own cloud journey.1 Cloud at the Crossroads, 2012 OAUG Survey on Application Delivery Strategies, sponsored by Oracle and produced by Unisphere Research (March 2012)
Mark C. Clark is president of OAUG and has been an active member since 1992. Clark is a senior partner at O2Works LLC.
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