Cloud is a mainstream topic in business and trade forums and media. It’s easy to get the sense that everyone else is already accessing the much-vaunted cloud advantages of productivity, value and agility. Or else, that a cloud-powered business is something that’s only accessible and relevant to the largest corporations.
If you’re wondering how to make the move to the cloud and how to gain real benefit from it in your business, you are not alone. Many hard-working, successful mid-sized organisations are still considering what to do about cloud technology. And a surprising number of large corporations are still in the early stages of adoption.
There is a sense of urgency though. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the continuing success of your company in today’s market depends on your ability to deploy technology in the cloud, so that your data and systems are fully and securely accessible from anywhere. The problem is that it’s not easy to achieve. For mid-size organisations, there are constraints and knowledge gaps that can make it seem a daunting and difficult prospect.
In this paper, we summarise key barriers that organisations face in planning a move to the cloud and suggest practical ways to overcome them in context of the unique strategy, objectives and priorities of each business.