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Cloud Solutions

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Identify. Plan. Solve. Every organization has problems or issues that require solvency – the key is correctly identifying the problems.  You know you want to implement a cloud solution; however, you cannot create a business case to move forward if you are only solving general issues – it won’t work.  Exactly define each business or technical problem in an honest and upfront fashion.  Doing so will help you accurately plan for the best solution within the cloud. By limiting scope to what business problems you are solving, you can focus on each issue independently, thus not biting off more than you can chew. 

Once you have identified the business and/or technical issues you are solving; plan your cloud strategy.  Remember to plan around internal/external resources, business timelines and most importantly, plan for the shift in focus for your IT staff.  With the implementation of cloud your IT staff will migrate away from day-to-day activities and will be able to focus on building and improving business applications and strategy. This is real benefit of a cloud solution.  Focus your resources on your money making strategy.  By letting your cloud provider focus on day-to-day management, your smart technical people can focus on improvement.

Solving for business issues is only a fraction of the cloud implementation.  You are solving for technology upgrades, avoiding staff and budget constraints and closing the gap on your competitors.  Cloud technology allows you to plan today and solve the issues of tomorrow.

The CIO's Guide to Implementing a Cloud Solution