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8 Biggest Cloud Mistakes Companies Make

As companies take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, they can also fall prey to common pitfalls.
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Moving to the cloud is serious business, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Today, many companies are opting to move daily online business activities to the cloud for its convenience, agility and cost-saving options.

According to a recent report by Harvard Business Review and Verizon, 84% of the IT and business executives polled said their use of cloud had increased in the past year, with 39% reporting it increased significantly. Another 40% said the cloud had increased their revenue, and 36% said it had increased their profit margin.

These figures are sure to rise as more businesses discover the benefits of moving to the cloud, including lower capital and operating costs for data centers and improved application performance and resiliency. In addition, cloud usage is expanding to the nuts and bolts of IT operations, instead of an experimental thing.

While initial cloud implementations focused on areas such as application development and sales force automation, more organizations now are exploring cloud for core business systems like supply-chain management and industry-specific services, such as financial applications or transportation management.

Whatever the application, be sure to avoid the common slip-ups organizations encounter, both in technical implementation and financial planning. The following slides describe the biggest mistakes companies make when they make that first move to the cloud. Use this list to avoid the dangers, so your organization can use the cloud efficiently to meet business goals.

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Mynet
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Mynet,
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11/18/2015 | 3:05:48 AM
Re: cloud security
"Another factor: You can count on one hand the number of cloud providers that promise that they are SEC-compliant.  Certainly, many are seen as "incidentally" SEC-compliant (though many more are not), but the onus remains on the customer to make sure that their compliance t's are crossed and their regulatory i's are dotted."

Joe, something in written is preferable than those from sales persons mouth. The sales and pre sales peoples used to say many things for attracting customers and to promote business. But in realty less than 40% are accurate and clear in black and white. Only such T&C have legal validity.
Mynet
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Mynet,
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11/18/2015 | 3:02:13 AM
Re: Cloud solutions
"There are also hybrid "cloud-in-a-box" solutions for companies in highly regulated sectors who are fearful of the cloud but still want some of the benefits.  There are multiple solutions already in the genomics sector, with more to come in medical imaging, manufacturing, and -- some day -- financial services."

Joe, what are these components with cloud-in-a-box solutions.  Is it something like hardware + solution + security or something else which is in a ready to use solution?
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aditshar1,
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11/11/2015 | 5:46:18 AM
Re: Cloud solutions
One of the popular myth i observed is limiting the public cloud only to some platforms can fulfill the requirement, although i am little skeptical on this, i guess platform should be decision after sole analysis of business and application requirement.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/10/2015 | 2:55:48 PM
Re: Cloud solutions
There are also hybrid "cloud-in-a-box" solutions for companies in highly regulated sectors who are fearful of the cloud but still want some of the benefits.  There are multiple solutions already in the genomics sector, with more to come in medical imaging, manufacturing, and -- some day -- financial services.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/10/2015 | 2:54:43 PM
Re: cloud security
Another factor: You can count on one hand the number of cloud providers that promise that they are SEC-compliant.  Certainly, many are seen as "incidentally" SEC-compliant (though many more are not), but the onus remains on the customer to make sure that their compliance t's are crossed and their regulatory i's are dotted.
Mynet
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Mynet,
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11/10/2015 | 1:58:50 AM
Re: cloud security
"The point about data security and compliance here is really important. There are a lot of cloud providers that tout their services as being PCI or HIPAA compliant, which some users might take to mean it absolves them of security responsibility, which is obviously not the case."

Marcia, it points to the requirement of a uniform standard and policies across globe/service providers. The same is applicable with data governing laws too, which is different at various countries. So if there is a dispute with respect to data; it's going to governs by the laws applicable with state/country, where data center is hosted and not based on client country laws.
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Mynet,
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11/10/2015 | 1:54:25 AM
Cloud solutions
"Moving to the cloud is serious business, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Today, many companies are opting to move daily online business activities to the cloud for its convenience, agility and cost-saving options."

Hi, there is no doubt that cloud is going to be a promoter for business, but is it necessary. Still most of the companies are running successfully without cloud and cloud solutions.  Is cloud an economical solution for a long run? One has to think and analyze all these factors before embracing cloud solutions.
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MarciaNWC,
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11/6/2015 | 5:33:04 PM
cloud security
The point about data security and compliance here is really important. There are a lot of cloud providers that tout their services as being PCI or HIPAA compliant, which some users might take to mean it absolves them of security responsibility, which is obviously not the case.
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