So, you’ve decided to move your company to the Cloud, but aren’t sure which apps to move as well. It’s easy to see why companies are confused about which applications they should move– on one hand, you have traditional vendors condemning any shift to the Cloud; and on the other Cloud Computing vendors suggest that companies should move all of their applications to the Cloud. So, what should you do? While we believe that Cloud Computing will become the primary delivery instrument for computing in the future, we also think that companies should have a well thought out approach towards moving their apps to the Cloud and should rank them based on the following traits. Most importantly be looking for apps that:
- Are substantially interactive with external applications or services. Salesforce.com Apps like Cloudingo are great because they talk to your Salesforce org as often as you’d like, keeping your data clean while you perform other tasks.
- Are compliant with your businesses regulations. You should fully appraise your compliance requirements, and to what degree the Cloud Computing vendor meets these requirements. • Are secure. Be aware that security is a partnership between the vendor and the user. Read your agreements closely.
- Are reliable. Accurately assess the performance requirements of your company and make sure the apps you’re moving can handle your needs. The best course of action is to speak with vendors about guaranteed performance in their Cloud to ensure the needs of your application are meet.
Once you have assessed all the applications you are currently using or considering using once your company moves to the cloud, you can begin transferring! As a good rule of thumb, anytime you have the opportunity to back up your files and sensitive information before transferring to a new service (like the cloud) you should do so. Should anything go wrong during the move, your companies valuable information will be insured and nothing will be lost.