UXC Connect CEO Ian Poole emphasises the importance of adopting a ‘cloud-first’ policy for new IT projects by organisations.
The modern day business environment demands cloud options to be considered for new IT projects. Organisations should, if they haven’t already, review their current IT processes and determine how a cloud strategy can support or enhance the business.
According to Ian Poole, for businesses to realise the benefits of a clearly-defined cloud environment, they need to be smart about how they map the transition from their current IT environment. CxOs must create a cloud decision framework to keep technology evaluations and investments aligned with business strategies.
Businesses must also prepare for risks and costs with this changeover to the cloud. In the absence of a defined transition process for instance, the business may hit a few bumps on the road when reengineering the IT environment including the current applications that will operate in the cloud. Organisations also need to pay close attention to issues relating to data sovereignty, particularly when sensitive company or client information migrates to the new cloud environment.
However, despite the risks, business can still achieve major benefits by implementing a cloud strategy. The cloud will reduce overhead costs for IT and support a dynamic, nimble workforce that can work remotely with flexibility. This is becoming increasingly important for companies seeking to attract, retain and develop the best people in their organisation.
Ian Poole concludes by stressing once again, the need for businesses to clearly define their cloud strategy and roadmap when implementing a cloud-first policy, to be able to realise the benefits.