The marketing and hype around Cloud Computing could cloud your mind 😉
Just building a Cloud doesn’t imply successful business. First of all you need a clear vision on how Cloud Computing can enable or improve your business. This vision will enable you to found a solid Cloud Computing strategy. And with this strategy you’ll “go cloud” successfully. Sounds straightforward, but it isn’t. You need to consider several key issues:
- Good understanding of IT service – offering Cloud services involves building a service portfolio and defining service-level-agreements (SLA) for example.
- Market analysis – is there a real need of your Cloud services?
- Competitor analysis – are you competing against similar Cloud services?
- Business case analysis – how is the ratio of the profit (or loss) relative to the cost basis resp. the return on invest (ROI)?
- Steady benchmarking tests – or: continuous competitor analysis
Especially in case of Cloud Computing it is mandatory to tightly align business and IT because IT executes the business strategy, or more specifically, when delivering Cloud services to users/customers IT is acting as a business for itself with something to sell – that is the Cloud services.
To conlude, building a Cloud implies previous realignment of the business structure. With this concluding words I go into the weekend.
Bye for now!