If you’ve taken the decision to move some, or all of your business IT to the cloud, then you’re already thinking smart. Cloud hosting can bring big changes to businesses of all sizes. Increased flexibility, economies of scale and better business continuity to name just a few. But in order to get the most out of your cloud solution, it’s important to be smart with your cloud hosting.
1. The right relationship
Whether you’re using in-house capabilities, an outsourced cloud provider, or a blend of the two, make sure the people driving your cloud journey truly understand your business and its needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for cloud. Not if you want to really reap the benefits it can bring. You need a bespoke solution that meets demands and scales with your growth. And you need the peace of mind of trusted support and advice. Do your research and choose a cloud provider that really works for you.
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2. Get agile
Some businesses will digitally transform, yet then hold onto legacy habits which in effect, slow down the benefits they could be seeing. If you’ve embraced the cloud, then embrace the flexibility. Where possible, let employees work from wherever they want, whenever they like. And lead by example from C-level down. Scale to demand - fast. Use your digital assets to your advantage to drive innovation, speed up your responsiveness and use your capabilities to complement clients and partners, sharing strategies and ecosystems to really get the most out of your infrastructure, and out of each and every relationship.
3. Decisions driven by data
Cloud systems bring with them a host of reporting and analytics tools. Use this to your advantage to get a real insight into the behaviours of your teams, your customers and market trends. When are your customers most active? Are your teams working too many hours? Which departments need extra support? Keep an eye on changing behaviours and use this data to get a deeper understanding of what’s going on in your business. Then create actionable insights for improvement.
Wherever you are in your cloud maturity journey, there is always room for improvement. In a fast moving sector, there’s always scope to do more and to work smarter, not harder, in order to truly drive every last inch of success for your business using the tools and data available to you.
If you’d like to chat about how cloud could work for your business, get in touch with our cloud team here, or call 0161 498 1200.