Cloud Technology and Do you understand it.
In working in the IT field with cloud computing and network management as a main part of our offering. I think that there are two different sides to cloud technology. One is that we have been using it for some time now like in paying bills, banking, and the such. And the other is the use for cloud technology in the SMB market.
Just the other day I had a new customer call our office with a laundry list of things that they wanted. They wanted to migrate their office all to thin clients so that they can have one point of entry to their call service provider move tier server into the cloud so that they can access files from anywhere and wanted to save money in doing so.
This client, as do most companies, do think that the cloud or a thin client is a device that you just plug in and you have most of the features that you have with a computer without the infrastructure.
After doing some investigating what they really wanted to do was have the ability to limit what an employee should see at their workstation and to only to use an application in the cloud. I understand why in today’s market SMB’s want to keep up with the pack. Technology has made it so that SMB’s can compete with larger businesses and moving their business or parts of their business to the cloud is a good cost effective way to get enterprise level services at an affordable price. Now does this mean that we should suggest to take them off their servers that they have set up which has been paid for works fine just to create a solution for them to use in the cloud. NO. What we try to do at our company is see what makes sense. We find out what the customer needs and be their partner their confidant when it comes to IT. Even if we do not sell anything. Saying that we accomplished their core goals with their existing equipment and only added a good firewall and changing policies in their work environment which we now I can say we manage.
A few days ago my friend Chris Sturm who manages a car dealership in East Texas make the comment “If it were up to me, I would choose simplicity.” He further said, “we are in a system that focuses us to keep up or become irrelevant and unemployable. We are so busy trying to figure out if we can, we don’t stop to think if we should.” I agreed with Chris and figured that someone was trying to make him change the way they do things and usually when that happens it is due to greed. Wanting more, wanting better or being sold something that looks good sounds good but isn’t what is relevant.
So in looking at cloud technology, look at the whole of your organization, how it will help, how it will integrate with your current environment and most of all is it needed.